WHY? l CONTEXT
More and more young people are publicly taking a stand against LGBTQIA+ community, while there is a growing trend of hate speech in the public space. Also, at the European level, more and more politicians assume a populist, nationalist discourse against human rights, supported by religious leaders and nongovernmental structures such as the Coalition for the Family in Romania. Campaigns to discredit the LGBT+ community have been organized in all the countries participating in the project and beyond, while the mass media promotes a stereotypical image of the LGBTQIA+ community. The EU Agency for Fundamental Human Rights observes that, at the EU level, LGBTQIA+ people face discrimination, physical and verbal aggression. The COVID–19 pandemic has worsened the situation of LGBTQIA+ youth, as they are portrayed negatively in the media and social media, being considered “guilty” for the pandemic (speech used by many religious leaders and homophobic politicians). According to Helena Dalli, Commissioner of the Commission for Equality of the European Commission, domestic violence and homophobic or transphobic abuse in isolation or the refusal of equal social protection and medical care are some of the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ youth. At the same time, the homophobic discourse comes together with other related topics, such as women’s rights (many of those who oppose the LGBT community are against equal rights for women), the right of young people to sexual and reproductive health (many oppose sexual education for young people), gender identity (many young people do not know about gender, the difference between gender, sex and sexual orientation, and traditional gender roles continue to be consolidated as the only acceptable ones in society) etc
To improve the perception of the LGBTGIA+ community among young people and increase their understanding of key concepts in the gender or sexual minorities field. To equip young people with the motivation, the skills and tools to fight against homophobia and hate speech directed against people from the LGBTGIA+ community and their supporters. To involve young people in promoting human rights, cultural diversity, solidarity, tolerance and social inclusion of young people from the LGBTQIA+ community through visual arts. To make visible the gender inequalities and the challenges that the LGBTQIA+ community faces in everyday life through community journalism and media advocacy.
Each partner will be represented in the Youth Exchange by 5 people: 4 young people with the age between 18 and 25 years old and 1 group leader with the age above 18 years old (no age limit); From each country 2 out of the 4 participants must be young people with fewer opportunities. The participants are pupils, students, or part of the NEET category, all interested in the
project’s topics, who would like to develop their knowledge about topics as gender, inclusion, human rights, LGBTQIA+ etc. The group leaders must be youth workers (volunteers’ coordinators, facilitators, trainers etc.), part of the partner organizations, with a high experience in youth working and European projects (especially youth exchanges)
Albania _ Gruaja në INTEGRIM
Armenia _ FUTURE IN OUR HANDS NGO
Bulgaria _ YOUTH SENATE BULGARIA
Greece _ ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIAL ECONOMY GROUP
Malta _ TERRA DI MEZZO (TDM) 2000 MALTA
Romania _ ASOCIATIA PENTRU DEZVOLTARE ACTIVA ADA
Spain _ ASOCIACION XUVENIL AROUSA MOZA
Ukraine _ KREMENCHUK INFORMATIVE–ELUCIDATIVE CENTRE EUROPEAN CLUB
The project’s main activity is a youth exchange with participants from partner countries, which will take place in Slanic Moldova, Romania, between 12th and 24th of March 2023 (12th of March 2023 is the arrival day and 24th of March 2022 is the departure day) with the participation of 32 young people with the age between 18 and 25 years old and 8 group leaders with the age above 18 years old, from Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Malta, Romania, Spain and Ukraine.
The accommodation is 100% covered by Erasmus+ Programme, between 12th of March 2022 (Check in after 14:00) and 24th of March 2022 (Check out before 12:00).
Travel costs are budgeted according to Erasmus+ conditions, using the distance calculator from the city where each sending organization it is registered to the city where the mobility will take
place.(275 EUR per participant)