Eastern Coalition for LGBT Equality

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RFSL will be working in partnership with LGBTQ organisations from the Eastern European region and Russia, along with ILGA-Europe. The project is a reaction against the repressive Russian anti-propaganda law, and aims to counteract similar laws in other countries in the region.

RFSL is working in partnership with LGBTQ organisations from the Eastern European region and Russia, along with ILGA-Europe. The project Eastern Coalition for LGBTQ Equality is a reaction against the repressive Russian anti-propaganda law, and aims to counteract similar laws in other countries in the region.

Within the Eastern Partnership Region Project the organisations work with regional advocacy and co-ordination, to increase awareness about LGBTQ issues in respective countries, and to strengthen the capacity of the participating organisations.

The project is focused on an exchange of experiences and collaboration between organisations in the region and in other countries. Many of the organisations also require organisational development support and RFSL will provide leadership training.

All of the countries in the region experience huge discrimination against LGBTQ people, where hate crimes and abuse are common, and their human rights are neither acknowledged nor recognised by authorities and civil society. In Moldova, for example, a survey from 2011 showed that only 2% of the population has tolerance towards LGBTQ people

Increased awareness among both politicians and the public is crucial in the struggle against discrimination of LGBTQ people. In Georgia, a survey conducted in 2012 showed 90 % of the population considers homosexuality unacceptable, with the media contributing to negative and false stereotypical ideas about LGBTQ people.

The project is funded by Sida.