IGLYO — The International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex Youth and Student Organisation is the leading youth development and leadership organisation working with LGBTQI young activists. With over 100 Member Organisations based in more than 40 countries across the Council of Europe region, IGLYO unites a great variety of individual and community experiences. You can learn more about IGLYO on iglyo.com.
LGBTQI youth in the Council of Europe region hails from diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. IGLYO is aware of the intertwined realities of racism, LGBTQI-phobia, sexism, classism, ableism, and ageism that are part of the lived experiences of LGBTQI young people of colour. For that reason, IGLYO has built up a paid advisory body, the Anti-Racism Task Force, made up of 4 LGBTQI young people who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, Roma, Sinti, or a member of racialised groups, Indigenous communities, minority faiths and ethnic minorities. In 2023, we are looking for the 4th member!
We extend a warm invitation to applicants to join our Anti-Racism Task Force. Please read carefully the call below and apply by Wednesday 26 April 2023 at 23:59 CEST.
In 2019, IGLYO’s General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to create an Anti-Racism Task Force. This resolution represents the culmination of years of discussions and efforts within IGLYO regarding the most effective integration of anti-racism within its structure and activities. In 2020, the first Anti-Racism Task Force was set up, made up of youth volunteers from our membership and chaired by an IGLYO Board Member.
Starting in Fall 2022, IGLYO formed a new Anti-Racism Task Force that has delivered a series of recommendations in order to ensure IGLYO is committed to the specific needs and lived experiences of BIPOC and racialised students and youth in Europe (read more here).
Applicants willing to become the 4th Anti-Racism Task Force Member must meet the following criteria:
IGLYO particularly welcomes applications from individuals who meet the above criteria and are from underrepresented groups and communities such as young women, trans youth (including non-binary), intersex youth, refugees/migrants, sex workers, disabled youth (including neurodivergent youth), young people living with HIV, and fat young people.
Prior experience with anti-racist activism or LGBTQI-activism is not required, and membership or affiliation to an IGLYO member organisation is also not mandatory.
This Anti-Racism Task Force represents an opening to participate in shaping the future of LGBTQI youth activism in Europe and beyond. The 4th member of the Task Force will have the opportunity to gain (practical) insight and an in-depth understanding of European-level advocacy.
Members of the Anti-Racism Task Force observe and study the work of IGLYO, an international network of LGBTQI youth organisations and associations. The Task Force is a creative and experimental space for developing ideas and institutionalising strategies for anti-racist advocacy and decolonial perspectives, including concrete implementation steps and ongoing monitoring in 2022-2025.
IGLYO will maintain the Task Force as an ongoing advice and monitoring system. Task Force members also have access to IGLYO’s training resources, and meaningfully connect with other members and partners of the network.
The Anti-Racism Task Force will participate in three half-day online meetings and also hold a working session on implementable anti-racism policy and practices in IGLYO.
The work of Anti-Racism Task Force members is compensated with 1,100 EUR for attending the 4 sessions in 2023.
The application process consists of two selection rounds: An application round and an interview round.
The first round consists of a written or audio/video piece (3 min max) in which you should let us know why you would like to join the Anti-Racism Task Force, and what skills and knowledge you will bring. Tell us about your perspective on anti-racism and decolonising LGBTQI youth activism. Don’t forget to tell us about your background as a person who experiences racism. As the working language of the Advocacy Working Group will be English (speaking and writing), your application material should be in English as well.
Please address your motivation letter or audio/video piece to our Policy & Research Officer Maria Aïcha at email@example.com, by Wednesday 26 April 2023 at 23:59 CEST.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview with IGLYO. The interview invitations will be sent on Friday 28 April 2023 and the interviews will take place in the following week.
Please feel free to get in touch with our Policy & Research Officer Maria Aïcha at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about this call.
We look forward to your application!
IGLYO’s Anti-Racism Task Force is funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) 2021-2027 programme of the European Union.
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