Gender is a socially constructed phenomenon that is often understood as only binary, and therefore excludes other forms of gender expression in our society. Cis-normativity and cis-sexism leave little if any space for gender diversity, self-determination and other forms of sexual identity. As peace and volunteer organisations, we want to support a large number of young people who are exposed daily to discrimination, structural violence, human rights violations and exclusion in society due to their gender or sexual orientation. In many regions, these problems are denied or, worse, those affected are verbally harassed or physically attacked. It affects different areas of their life such as family, school, work, personal development. In some countries, these problems go beyond customs, stereotypes and norms, where LGBTQIA+ communities are still criminalised and legally denied their rights and freedoms. We should not ignore these problems and take the opportunity to break through those binary norms, to foster and to encourage gender diversity, forming truly open but inclusive and tolerant societies based on respect and recognition of human dignity irrespective of gender or sexual orientation. Through this pro- ject, local NGOs and partners can play a crucial role in promoting these values, in changing the current status quo and in breaking through barriers. It is equally important to gather and share experiences – whether common or different – to build stronger connections and unity among LGBTQIA+ activists. In many countries, the situation has been stale or almost unchanged, hence a breakthrough is needed. Our project will provide an opportunity to establish contacts, learn from each other, and share knowledge in activism and advocacy and thus impact directly on local communities.
The activity will take place at Tagungswerk im KuBiZ, Berlin-Weißensee
Aims of the Project
- Support and advocate for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people
- Acquire skills and competences to more effectively do so and to strengthen the concerns of LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities
- Introduce participants to specific problems of LGBTQIA+ communities and gender inequality
- Compare realities, exchange perspectives and share experience on how LGBTQIA+ problems are being tackled in each project partner country
- Share strategies and build up capacity to overcome these problems
- Learn how to raise awareness among others and how to share knowledge, to advocate and campaign for gender justice
- Contribute to more visibility for LGBTQIA+ communities through creating visual and informative materials e.g. videos, flyers, magazines, posters and social media campaigns.
Living in a Group
We will spend one week together in a group of almost 30 people with different backgrounds and experiences. For us it is very important to take time to create a safer space to live and work together. For this we will set up a group agreement all together at the beginning. Please be aware that inclusion, anti-discrimination and reduction of stereotypes is nothing very easy and might be challenging for people. We invite you to come openly to the seminar and to be open to learn, reflect, and on the same side be mistake-friendly!
- Participants create their own zine/booklet with personal stories from interviewed persons;
- Online campaigning activity to advocate for visibility of LGBTQIA+.
Everyone who comes to this seminar should…
… be 18 or older and live in or hold a passport of one of the eligible partner countries (see below)
… be actively involved in their sending organisation, in youth or voluntary work or in activism
… ideally have experience in international peace work or activism
… participate actively in the activity and in the production of the outputs
… be comfortable with speaking and writing in English
… ideally be committed to come to the activities by overland route (public transport, no flying)
… be willing to spread their new skills and competences to their sending organisations.
Previous experience or skills with visual techniques / web / graphic design would be a great asset.
This project is for LGBTQIA+ participants in particular, but not exclusively. Anyone open to the topic and with the sufficient amount of respect and understanding can join, as long as you fulfil the above requirements. We strongly recommend to individuals to apply only when certain that they have valid entry documents to Germany / EU.
How to apply
Please send your application for Breaking Through with the filled Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. After we accept your application, you will receive a detailed Infosheet