LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

How we work

ILGA-Europe’s movement building work is organised through various activities that respond to needs of the European LGBTI movement. The organisation has in place various programmes that together offer a broad variety of interventions to support the European LGBTI movement’s work. The key strength of ILGA-Europe’s work is that our activities follow a strategic plan that is formulated through a participatory process with its membership (currently 422 organisations in 45 European countries) and constantly adapted to the changing needs within the movement. 

ILGA-Europe’s staff team possess expertise on a variety of topics that are relevant for the European movement. ILGA-Europe can also tap into the knowledge, experience and skills of the movement in one country to help sustain the movement in another country.

The movement building work overall has a very practical focus. We can effectively combine theory and practice; our skills and knowledge are not only based on sound research, they can be directly applied by activists in their work. This underlines one of the foundations of ILGA-Europe’s work - peer learning, which allows activists to learn from each other.

Here is a sample of the various capacity building activities offered by ILGA-Europe.

Regional events

Through the organisation of regional events, ILGA-Europe respond to needs that are shared by activists in various countries. Such events can include study visits and regional trainings.

In-country work

In-country activities respond to needs of organisations or movements in countries that require deeper attention. ILGA-Europe carry out in-country level work by supporting particular advocacy activities of members, coaching and tailored-made capacity building.

Annual Conference

Bringing together 350 people, ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference is the largest annual convening on LGBTI issues in the European region for activists, policy makers, politicians and other supporters.


ILGA-Europe offer funding to its members in different ways. The funding is mostly linked to the movement strengthening activities, ensuring that experiences, around documenting human rights violations for example, can be brought into practice through small-scale projects.