The National LGBTI Consortium is
A platform for the organizational interaction of Ukrainian civil society leaders working to expand human rights and freedoms, and to ensure a decent standard of living and high-quality services for people most at risk of HIV infection.
The Consortium works to achieve civil equality and inclusive attitudes towards LGBTI people and to ensure the epidemic well-being of key populations, primarily MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender people.
The member organizations of the Consortium are the NGO ALLIANCE.GLOBAL, the NGO LGBT Association "LIGA", the All-Ukrainian NGO Gay Forum of Ukraine and the NGO Spectrum Kharkiv.
Freedom, health, family, humanity, well-being, respect.
We are accelerating social change in Ukraine by working to liberalize outdated legislation and strengthening the capacity of local leaders to advocate for key groups at national and sub-national levels. We initiate the extension of rights and freedoms and support partnership initiatives in this area. Not only that, but we believe that the personal responsibility of each citizen can improve the quality of life and social well-being. We believe that solidarity and self-organisation of communities and communities are the source of solving social problems.
The Consortium brings together thinking and selfless people who, based on the values of humanism, strive for civil equality in Ukraine, fostering a culture of mutual help and ethical attitudes in society through constant and systematic cooperation to defend the interests of the LGBTI community in all spheres of society and before all branches of government. Vision for 2023: Our communities are a significant part of society and feel at home in Ukraine and link their future to it; our organizations are actively involved in policymaking and community leaders are represented in government. Ukrainian business strongly supports our initiatives.
Freedom, Health, Family, Humanity, Well-being, Respect.
Budget advocacy and monitoring of HIV legislation. Improving access to medical and social services for LGBTI people and ensuring their sustainability.
Professionalism, Responsibility, Non-violent communication, Respect for opinion and views that do not contradict human rights.
We are a big family of like-minded people working for a common goal
The purpose of the Consortium
Ensure the quality of life, health, and rights of LGBTI people, in particular by ensuring continuity of HIV/AIDS services, strengthening community capacity and partnerships with allies, and liberalizing national human rights legislation based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION
The Consortium's experts work with the authorities to formulate policies on human rights and freedoms, as well as policies around epidemiological well-being (as a response to the spread of HIV at national and regional levels).
The Consortium supports the work of the Paralegal Hub to provide rapid legal assistance to people from the community who have experienced violations of their rights based on SOGI, HIV discrimination, bullying and other physical and psychological violence.
The Consortium also provides technical assistance to MSM/LGBTI leaders and activists and staff of MSM-serving NGOs to strengthen their organizational and leadership capacity, and promotes the development of a network of community centers for recreational and educational activities for MSM.
The Consortium is funded by the National Project "Ensuring the Health and Development of MSM/LGBT" with the support of "100% Life" - PLWH Network and the Project "Partnership for Inspiration, Transformation and Uniting the HIV Response" with the support of "Project PITCH in Ukraine", as well as personal activist and volunteer contributions of the Consortium leaders.
The National LGBTI Consortium is represented in the following intersectoral bodies
- National Council on HIV/TB
- National Council against Discrimination
- Regional Policy Committee of the National Council on TB and HIV
The beneficiaries of the Consortium's activities are Ukrainian LGBTI people and other people most at risk of HIV infection.
EXPERTISE AND DESIRED HELP
The National Resource Center, together with the EGPU's lead expert partner, develops national expertise on LGBTI issues and responding to the spread of HIV among key populations, and provides technical assistance to partner actors at the national, sub-national (oblast and city) and regional (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) levels.
FORMS OF ACTIVITY
Organizing thematic events online and offline, including the National LGBT Conference; organizing strategic planning meetings; educational webinars; active 'desk advocacy'; interacting with authorities on the ground; providing direct support to community members' requests; drafting legislation and working with other legal documents.
The outcomes of the work of the Consortium should include:
1. Legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
2. SOGI factors considered as significant personal characteristics in policy and new legislation.
3. Homophobic motive is considered when investigating hate crimes and determining punishment.
4. Organizations with significant LGBTI participation have been established in various regions of Ukraine to provide medical and social services to MSM.
5. Funding from state and local budgets is allocated fairly and purposefully to finance health and social services for LGBTI people.
CO-CHAIRS OF THE CONSORTIUM
Our consortium work started in 2018 and is carried out on the basis of a Memorandum of Cooperation.Memorandum
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