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Empowering grassroots LGBTI organisations

To date, around one-third of United Nations member States continue to criminalise consensual same-sex relations between adults. Diverse forms of gender expressions are equally targeted. Only a few States protect trans people from discrimination on the grounds of their gender identity, and almost none have laws protecting intersex persons from unnecessary and abusive medical procedures.

Other laws feed­ off this discrimination, influencing all aspects of LGBTI persons’ lives, and send the wrong message that people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) deserve to be treated unequally.

This project intends to support LGBTl-led organisations in addressing those laws sustainably through training, support, toolkits, and collaborative efforts, and raise awareness internationally on SOGIESC human rights violations and economic and social injustice.

In this project, ILGA World will strengthen its support to grassroots organisations in at least 16 countries worldwide to advocate human rights based on SOGIESC. LGBTI activists will be empowered to work through United Nations human rights mechanisms and in the Sustainable Development Goals processes framework. They will then use global level outcomes to bring about change in their own countries.

The project is supported with SEK 4 620 000.

What does the project deliver?

In the first part of the project, 16 LGBTQI organizations from different countries will undergo training on advocacy within the UN system and how they can implement UN recommendations at the local level. The training includes workshops on lobbying against diplomats and government representatives and how civil society can provide information to strengthen the LGBTQI issue in the UN Council’s recommendations.  In the second part of the project, LGBTQI organizations will apply their new knowledge in bilateral dialogues and meetings with UN actors from ILGA World’s network, and there will have the opportunity to record information to the UN Council. In the third part of the project, LGBTQI organizations will carry out national advocacy activities with the UN recommendations as tools, supported by ILGA World’s expertise.

Why do we support this project?

The project is urgent as opposing forces to LGBTQI rights have grown stronger during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Project time status


This project started in October 2021 and ended in March 2024

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