LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

March 2018

Swedish Parliament’s historic decision, #ChechnyaOneYearOn and much more...

 

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No. 270. March 2018. In this issue...

Chechnya

ILGA-Europe

Bodily integrity

Family

Freedom of assembly

Hate crime

Health

Notice board

Chechnya

The first anniversary

“It was a spring weekend almost twelve months ago when the LGBTI movement was rocked by news from the Chechen republic in Russia that (perceived) gay and bisexual men were being abducted, imprisoned and tortured for contact details of other (perceived) LGBT people.” Bjorn Van Roozendaal, ILGA-Europe’s programmes director wrote an opinion piece for the EU Observer about the first anniversary of the crisis in Chechnya.
Read the full article here.

Campaign: #ChechnyaOneYearOn

You can get involved with our social media campaign to mark the anniversary - keep the spotlight on the crisis, take a photo and share your messages of support for the LGBTI community in Chechnya using the hashtag #ChechnyaOneYearOn

Donate and help more victims

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have helped resettle more than 20 refugees fleeing persecution in Chechnya. However, the crisis is not over. Victims continue to flee the region and seek safety across Europe. We need your help. Please give now so we can help more victims from Chechnya.
Donate now

ILGA-Europe

Save the date for the European Equality Gala!

Join us on 27 June 2018 in Brussels for a great night out for a good cause. Model and activist Munroe Bergdorf will be performing a special guest DJ set. Tickets go on sale soon…watch this space!
Read more about the Gala 2018 and start donating.

ILGA-Europe Blog has been launched!

Breaking news - ILGA-Europe has a brand new Blog! We want to use the Blog to share information, spark debate and start conversations about the issues affecting the LGBTI communities across Europe and Central Asia. The Blog will develop over time and if you have suggestions for topics it should cover, we’d love to hear from you.
Visit the blog here.

Campaign: #WeLoveSexualHealth

ILGA-Europe launched our new blog on 14 February - Valentine’s Day! Our advocacy director Katrin Hugendubel wrote the first blog, kicking off the social media campaign #WeLoveSexualHealth. You can read all the blogs on sexual health from various authors across the movement and add your comment and reactions to them!
Visit the blog here.

LGBTI organisations fighting HIV and STIs - Moving to Action!

On 21-22 February, ILGA-Europe, together with the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), held a follow-up capacity-building seminar on fighting HIV and STIs. Last year, the first seminar aimed to provide participants with scientific knowledge and identify barriers that hinder LGBTI activism in the area. Based on this, this year, we wanted to more directly dive into exchange of practices and projects. Want a report? Contact Sophie Aujean, Senior Policy and Programmes Officer.
 

Closing conference of #Health4LGBTI project

For the last two years, ILGA-Europe has been working on Health4LGBTI - a project exploring the health needs and challenges faced by LGBTI people. On 1-2 of February, the closing conference of the project took place in Brussels with 120 participants, including policy makers, LGBTI organisations, WHO and EU officials, health and anti-discrimination networks. The conference launched the first training modules on LGBTI health ever produced at European level as well as the findings from a state-of-the-art study on LGBTI health.
Read more about the project here.  
 

Fundraising in the community

Webinar on Review of the Council of Europe, Council of Ministers Recommendations

Special message for ILGA-Europe members: It’s time to have your say!

In 2018, we have two very important organisational processes underway: a review of our constitution and governance structure, and a strategic plan process to set ILGA-Europe’s priorities for the next five years. And the message to all of you, members of ILGA-Europe, is: we need and want to hear from you on the direction and future of ILGA-Europe! This is one of the most important times to have your say and get your voices heard. So watch your organisational inbox! You’ll be receiving more information from the ILGA-Europe team in the coming weeks on how to actively take part in both processes!
 

Bodily integrity

Swedish Parliament’s historic decision to pay compensation for forced sterilisation of trans people

On 21 March, the Swedish Parliament took the historic decision that trans people who were forcibly sterilised (between 1972 and 2013) should be paid compensation. This is a worldwide first, and it is the result of a long fight by trans activists. Their initial fight was against the requirement that trans people must be sterilised in order to get their gender legally recognised.
Read more.

 


Family

Budapest court rules foreign same-sex marriages must be recognised in Hungary

A judge at Budapest District Court has ruled that same-sex couples who have married outside Hungary have the right to have their union recognised as a registered partnership in Hungary. The judgment of the court reaffirms the right to freedom of movement and family life of same-sex couples. The ruling established that foreign marriages should be recognised in Hungary as equivalent to registered partnerships, available in Hungary since 2009.
Read more.

Finnish parliament voted to approve automatic co-parent recognition for female same-sex couples

The Finnish parliament voted on 28 February to approve automatic co-parent recognition for female same-sex couples following fertility treatment. When the Act comes into force, it will remove the need for female couples who have accessed fertility treatments to then go through the adoption process in order for both parents to be recognised. At the moment, children in these families are in a very precarious position, for example if one parent dies.
Read more.

Parliament of Latvia rejects petition for partnership legislation

New publication: “Extending rights, responsibilities and status to same-sex families: Trends across Europe”

NELFA and ILGA-Portugal’s conference: “We Should Speak Out: LGBTI and Family Rights”


Freedom of assembly

Ankara ban on LGBTI events continues as Turkish courts reject NGO appeals

 

Hate crime

A trans activist attacked in Georgia

Miranda Pagava – an activist with Equality Movement and a trans woman – was attacked in Tbilisi on 28 January. Miranda was assaulted by a man who had tried to convince her to get into his car. After she refused, he verbally attacked her using transphobic and homophobic slurs before physically assaulted her. Miranda later reported the attack to the police. The perpetrator has since been arrested and a criminal case has been initiated.
Read more.

 


Health

Irish senator’s bill to ban conversion therapies

Irish senator Fintan Warfield (Sinn Fein), proposed a bill on 14 March to ban conversion therapy as a "deceptive and harmful act or practice against a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression". Such therapies could have a "negative impact on people's mental health, as they can lead to lower self-esteem, depression and suicidal ideation," Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Read the full article on Reuters here.

 


Notice board

Transgender Europe seeks for CEECA officer

Transgender Europe is looking for a part-time Central-Eastern Europe and Central Asia Officer for an initial period of 24 months starting as of 1st of June 2018. The CEECA Officer will be responsible for realising TGEU’s objectives in relation to capacity-building, advocacy and campaigning in partnership with organisations in CEECA. Apply before 17 April noon CET.
More details here.
https://www.womenlobby.org/We-are-hiring-Programme-Director

European Women’s Lobby looking for a programme director

European Women’s Lobby recruiting a Programme Director to help them raise funding needed to implement the organisational strategy. Applications close on 8 April midnight CET.
More details here.
http://www.solidar.org/en/about-us/vacancies

SOLIDAR has two job vacancies

SOLIDAR is looking for a policy fellow in the Social Affairs pillar who can possible start as soon as possible for a duration of 3 – 6 months and a Finance and Administration Assistant for a permanent duration. Applications due by 9 April.
More details here.

ENAR recruiting for two positions

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is currently recruiting for two positions; a Communications officer and a Network development officer for their office in Brussels. Apply before 18 April.
More details here.
https://my.ilga-europe.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=28694&qid=605593

Look after your data!

The EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force on 25 May 2018. If your organisation processes any personal data of EU citizens, you are required to comply with this regulation. Learn more by turning to the European Commission's guidance.
More details here.

Grant opportunity: Solidarity Fund from InterPride

InterPride has a small grant programme for local events and activities that support LGBTI communities. They aim to give up to ten grants of up to USD 2500 each. The deadline for delivering complete grant applications is 8 April 2018. InterPride will notify successful applicants by late April 2018 and funding disbursements will be made by early May 2018.
Read more about the fund here