European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

The Fund supported small and medium-scale projects (up to 5,000 euros with no minimum amount requirement). Under this call ILGA-Europe supported advocacy components, which include publications (print, internet, CD, etc.), awareness raising activities and / or use of documented data for advocacy. The call was intended to support applications from those organisations that had been grantees of the Fund in the past. Four projects had been supported within this call in Cyprus, Ireland, Lithuania, and Poland.

Within this call the applicants were encouraged to work on any theme they believe is important in their context and which has an advocacy potential at the national and European levels. The information contained in the documentation reports or coming forth from project activities may subsequently be used by ILGA-Europe in its lobbying activities with the European institutions: European Union, Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN. For example, the reports previously supported by the Fund have been used in submissions for country reports by the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, universal periodic review by the UN Human Rights Council, OSCE annual hate crimes reports, etc.


Cyprus: Raising awareness on the experiences of violence, discrimination and its impact among the LGBT community in Cyprus: Targeting evidence-based change in the sociopolitical context

Planned period of implementation: December 2012 – December 2013
Name of the implementing organisation: accept – LGBT Cyprus
Contact information: c/o NGO Support Centre, 27 Ezekia Papaioannou, P.O.Box 29131, 1621, Nicosia, Cyprus, Email
Contact person: Costas Gavrielides (President of accept – LGBT Cyprus)
Grant amount: 5000 euros

Summary

The project aims to disseminate the results of the reports resulting from the studies: ‘’Sexual Orientation in Cyprus: An in-depth exploration of experiences of violence, discrimination and its impact among the LGB community in Cyprus’’ funded by ILGA-Europe’s 9th Call of ILGA Europe’s Human Rights Violations Documentation and Advocacy Fund (HRVDAF9), and ‘’Monitoring Implementation of the Committee of Ministers' Recommendation’’ (MICoMRec) both under ILGA Europe. The following activities will take place:

  1. Translation into Greek, design and printing of the executive summary produced for above HRVDAF9 study.
  2. Design and printing of MICoMRec in in English and Greek.
  3. Printing of Fact Sheet with the main findings for the MICoMRec for Cyprus.
  4. Organisation of meetings with competent authorities.
  5. Presentation of findings in conferences.

Ireland: Transphobia in Ireland Report V.2

Name of the implementing organisation: Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

Contact information:

The Gate Lodge, Carmichael Centre

North Brunswick St.,

Dublin 7, Dublin, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 873 3575

E-mail: office@teni.ie or director@teni.ie

Contact person: Broden Giambrone

Grant amount: EUR 3850

Period of implementation: November 2012 – December 2013

Summary

This project aims to update, redesign, print and disseminate “Transphobia in Ireland Report V.2.” It builds on the original comprehensive Transphobia in Ireland Report that reviewed Irish literature, policy and documentation and update the information to include the time period 2008-2012. The section on gender recognition legislation will be expanded to include the current legal situation in Ireland, new European cases and best practice. 500 copies of the report are printed to be uses as a key advocacy tool in TENI’s upcoming ‘Recognition Now’ campaign. The robust and rigorous evidence from the report will be a corner stone to the campaign. This also includes direct lobbying of Irish Parliament, political parties and civil servants for the urgent introduction of inclusive, marriage-friendly gender recognition legislation.


Lithuania: Advocacy for LGBT Rights – From UN to National Level

Name of the implementing organisation: Lithuanian Gay League (LGL)

Contact information:

A. Jaksto 22-15

LT-01105 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone: +370 52610314

Email: office@gay.lt

Contact person: Vladimir Simonko

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation: November 2012 – December 2013

Summary

The UN HRC mechanisms are not well understood by Lithuanian decision-makers and civil society, and thus there is a clear need to provide information to these target groups to ensure implementation of the recommendations and to utilize the mechanisms successfully in the future. The project was aimed at providing the information on HRC final recommendations to Lithuanian decision makers and civil society. Project implementation and the publication, outlining the LGL’s participation in the framework of the UN human rights protection mechanisms has added value to the process of increasing awareness of the policy and decision makers, the local LGBT community and the general public about the international advocacy that is conducted by organization, thus increasing its legitimacy as the LGBT rights advocate on the national level. The publication was distributed at meetings with different actors.


Poland: Advocating for change – introduction of antidiscrimination LGBT policies in Poland

By Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH)

Name of the implementing organisation: Campaign against Homophobia (KPH)

Contact information:

ul. Solec 30 a, 00-403 Warszawa, Poland

Contact person: Mirosława Makuchowska

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation: December 2012 – November 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at conducting a series of advocacy activities in order to introduce policies, enhancing protection for LGBT persons:

  • A week-long exhibition under the name of "Equal in Europe" was shown in the main hall of the Sejm (the Polish Parliament).
  • In April 2013 an expert seminar on hate related violence "Escalation of nationalist violence - how can the state and civic society prevent it?" (one of the Warsaw's universities) was held.
  • KPH in cooperation with leading media company AGORA organised a debate: "Why not marriage? Judgment over homophobia", which took place in October 2013. The goal was to answer questions: what are the obstacles for equal rights for non-heterosexual persons, what makes it possible for those in power to ignore the needs of citizens and discussing strategies with NGOs fighting for equal rights of LGBT individuals.
  • During the conference the newest poll on social support of adoption, same-sex marriage and civil partnership, as well as spreading stereotypes and homophobic bias was announced.
  • The debate introduced to the public discourse about the LGBT rights a possibility of equal marriage introduction.

Press conferences as a main instrument of mainstreaming the demands were the key activities on the way to achieving the project's goals. During the project the Campaign Against Homophobia organised 8 meetings with the media which concerned topics: Summarizing the half way of the government's term, National Programme of Activities for Equal Treatment, An appeal to the Prime Minster not to ignore LGBT communities, An exhibition on civil partnerships in the Chancellery of the Sejm, The analysis of lies of the Minister of Justice, Presentation of the KPH's position on the Prime Minister's inactivity, Presenting "core" postulates of the civil partnership act.