L’initiative Mawjoudin pour l’égalité was founded in 2014 by a group of young activists, feminists and LGB persons. Mawjoudin works together with other groups, to advocate the rights of the LGBTIQ community and to fight against the restrictions imposed.
In Tunisia, both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal and being LGBTIQ is still considered a mental disorder. This results in many LGBTIQ people hiding their true sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The overall attitude towards non-conforming people leads to high degrees of self-denial and self-hatred amongst teenagers, youngsters and adults.
Mawjoudin set up a multifunctional cultural space, where various activities are being organized: counseling and support groups, a knowledge hub, workshops and trainings.
Project results so far
The social space provides place for the following:
– Medical and legal counseling, trainings and workshops;
– Interaction and leisure time (around 10-15 people visit daily);
– Queer library;
– Bi-monthly cinema and music club;
– Office space for staff members, partner organizations and self-employed community members;
– Queer art exhibitions.