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Call for Expressions of Interest

Out of the Margins: A Global LBT+ Rights Project, Autumn 2018 – Spring 2020

Closing date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Why this project?

All around the world lesbians, bi women and trans people (LBT+ communities) continue to be excluded by international movements and processes that should serve them.* The security, needs and rights of LBT+ communities are routinely de-prioritised by movements campaigning for LGBT+ and human rights, gender equality and social justice. Sexual orientation often remains predominant in campaigns, to the detriment of multiple and intersectional rights appeals.

This systematic exclusion can lead to violence and discrimination against LBT+ people, limited safe spaces, and disempowered communities. This is compounded by the failure of the international human rights system to support communities that are consistently marginalised.

This project will strengthen the evidence base needed for international advocacy on LBT+ rights. Expanding a network of LBT+ actors, we’ll work in partnership to:

  • Deepen the evidence base for international advocacy on LBT+ human rights
  • Develop a sustainable network of organisations, creating safe spaces for them to work in coalition
  • Collectively appeal for immediate action across international mechanisms
  • Raise the visibility of LBT+ rights issues

This project builds on a previous Stonewall project which addressed the exclusion of LBT+ communities in Southern Africa – this gave us the foundation and learning to recognise where some of the most significant gaps in global research and advocacy remain.

Now, we want to take that work further and create a much broader expert network of LBT+ campaigners from different organisations in three regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast and Eastern Europe.

What are we looking for?

28 LBT+ representatives of organisations to participate throughout this project, and who’ll work together with us to develop a longer-term and sustainable programme of work of benefit to all.

We’ll recruit participants from organisations in at least 16 countries across the three regions – please see list of eligible countries below.

We’re looking for a mix of experience, but, generally, those representing their organisations should have some experience of carrying out research projects and evidence-based advocacy, and a proven interest in developing their work in this area further.

Participants should have a strong interest in LBT+ exclusion in at least one of the five focus issues below, and this interest should be aligned with the broader work of their organisation:

  • Civic and political participation
  • Economic well-being
  • Education
  • Health
  • Personal security and violence

Participants must be able to commit to take part in the following activities:

  • January 28 – 30, 2019: three-day working groups planning meeting in London
  • February – October 2019: nine-month action research projects implemented in-country
  • November/December 2019: two-day launch and advocacy development meeting in city TBC
  • January – March 2020: applications for travel grants and launch of digital platform

Applicants are expected to have a working level of basic English, while fluency in other languages will be advantageous. Participants will be able to conduct their research in their preferred language.

The project will cover international travel and subsistence costs for the 28 participants to travel to London and one other city, as well as make a contribution to research costs. Organisations of working group leads will receive in the range of £4,000 over the project period, with the remaining participating organisations receiving in the range of £2,500 per person. Participants will also have access to apply for small travel grants to support their advocacy plans.

Applicants wishing to lead working groups on specific themes should indicate this in their response.

How to apply?

Fill in the application form. If you require an application form in Word, please get in touch. You can complete your form in a language other than English, as long as it’s typed.

As part of this application, please note that you will need to submit a 500-word research proposal on LBT+ rights violations in your context with a particular focus on one of the five focus issues above. You will also need to submit a letter of support from your organisation.

If you would like to familiarise yourself with the questions before starting the form, you can find them here.

Further information

This two-year Stonewall project is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office between summer 2018 and March 2020.

Any questions about the programme should be sent to Liz Jacobs, International Programmes Officer at Stonewall: liz.jacobs@stonewall.org.uk.

*What do we mean by LBT+?

This project is for lesbians, bi women and trans people, of all gender identities and expressions. We adopt a culturally and linguistically broad definition of lesbian, bi and trans, and welcome expressions of interest which address gender, gender identity and sexual orientation in a culturally sensitive way.

Although this project doesn’t specifically cover intersex rights issues in a substantive and focused way, we welcome expressions of interest on them. In general, we’re keen to review our approach to intersex inclusion across our international programmes work, and to consult with intersex-led organisations as we do this.

For more on our inclusion approach, please email claire.house@stonewall.org.uk.

List of eligible countries

Please note: we have a requirement for 90% of delegates to be from Official Development Assistance receiving countries.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola

Benin

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cabo Verde

Cameroon

Côte d’Ivoire

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Malawi

Mali

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Rwanda

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

South Africa

Togo

Uganda

United Republic of Tanzania

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Eastern & South-East Europe, Central Asia & the Caucasus

Albania

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Georgia

Kosovo

Kyrgyz Rep.

Macedonia, FYR

Moldova

Montenegro

Serbia

Turkey    

Ukraine

Russia

Latin America and the Caribbean

Antigua & Barbuda

Argentina

Barbados

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Grenada

Guatemala

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Jamaica

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Suriname

St. Lucia

Trinidad & Tobago

Uruguay

Venezuela