Belonging to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community is still illegal in many countries across the world, including countries in Africa. This is a violation of human rights which cause people to face daily discrimination and violence. This project supports LGBTQ activism in Africa to achieve policy change but also to end homophobia at a community level.
We are working with a new partner who harness and support the creative energy of groups so that change can be led by groups who best understand their context.
We are currently focusing on four initiatives:
Build a Stronger Network Among the LGBTIQ Youth Movement
Good networks will encourage coordinated and collaborative action to give queer youth visibility. The African Queer Youth Initiative will provide platforms and events for LGBTIQ youth to connect and share knowledge, to develop a common agenda, and propose collaborative action.
Develop a More Capable Cohort of LGBTIQ Youth Leaders
Good leaders will encourage sustained work combating homophobia and transphobia in a context appropriate manner. The African Queer Youth Initiative will do targeted development of leadership teams and individuals and expannd the capacity of organizations to implement national and transnational campaigns.
Generate a Strong Knowledge Base on the Lived Experience of LGBTIQ Youth
Good data will enable LGBTIQ youth and organisations to develop recommendations for future actions. The African Queer Youth Initiative will document best practices for interventions with LGBTIQ youth, and develop strong baseline data.
Grants will support interventions in under-resources geographies and build organisational capacity to manage resources. The African Queer Youth Initiative will create a small grant mechanism to channels resources to LGBTIQ youth organisations.
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