Dear Members, Partners and Friends,
In line with IGLYO’s 2011-2013 Strategic Plan and Work Plan for 2012, we will keep conducting activities to promote the visibility and social inclusion of LGBTQ youth and students in Europe and beyond. To achieve our strategic objectives, we will seek to develop and boost partnerships with other equality networks, will further our work on IGLYO’s membership capacity building, will be present at the key events concerning LGBTQ youth and many more. Read an overview of the IGLYO work programme for 2012 below.
WORK IN PARTNERSHIP
ESU (the European Students’ Union) and OBESSU (the Organizing Bureau of European Secondary School student Unions) have been long-time successful partners of IGLYO. Sharing similar structures and objectives, we have been working together to secure students’ and school students’ human rights, and have organized events and lobbying together;
In 2012, IGLYO will seek to continue this partnership and we will work further on shared interests. This may involve organizing common events, networking at thematic events, providing training and expertise at those events, or writing for each other’s publications in order to share viewpoints across memberships, and hopefullyencourage local and national sub-partnerships among our respective members.
There will certainly be a focus on challenging homophobia and homophobic bullying and empowering peers to address local needs in their own countries.
ILGA-Europe supports IGLYO’s participation to relevant EU events and meetings, e.g. help with lobbying for “invitations” when necessary, or introductions to relevant departments of the European Commission
ILGA-Europe and IGLYO cooperate on the submission of policy papers, positions and consultations, where relevant
Participation in each other events to ensure synergy and to prevent from duplicate efforts
When relevant, we work jointly on policy positions.
IGLYO and ILGA will continue to work on the promotion of the global LGBTQ Youth mailing list.
In conjunction with ILGA we will continue to promote the recommendations from the global study and seek small amounts of funding to further our capacities to work on these themes.
European Youth Forum (YFJ)
YFJ is a platform that brings together diverse groups of youth organisations, united to empower young people to actively participate in the shaping of Europe and the society in which they live. Within the YFJ, IGLYO contributes to the political representation of its members and with that raised visibility of LGBT youth on the European level.
United is the largest pan-European anti-racism network of more than 560 organisations from 46 countries and aims to promote the rights of refugees, minorities & migrants. It works for an end to racism, fascism, nationalism & discrimination, equal rights for all and respect for diversity. With the alarming rise in nationalism and fascism within Europe especially, IGLYO will continue to work with United on issues of common interest IGLYO feels that further partnerships with organisations such as United will enable us to build its own capacity to work on anti-racism.
Transgender Europe (TGEU)
Transgender Europe is a network of Trans organizations from the pan- European region, and the only international Trans organization in Europe. In recent years, IGLYO has sought to further work on Trans issues and build partnerships with relevant organizations. In 2012, IGLYO will seek to strengthen its partnership with TGEU by working closely together on Trans Youth Policy and Issues.
ENAR (the European Network Against Racism) is an EU-wide network of more than 700 organizations working to combat racism in all the EU member states and acts as the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe. ENAR is determined to fight racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, to promote equality of treatment between European Union citizens and third country nationals, and to link local/regional/national initiatives with European Union initiatives.
In 2012, IGLYO will develop this partnership, which began in 2011 in joint efforts on the proposal for Horizontal Anti-Discrimination Directive. ENAR works on cross-cutting societal issues, and as IGLYO expands its work in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, ENAR will no doubt serve as an essential partner.
EDF (the European Disability Forum) represents the needs of citizens relating to disability at all of the European Institutions. IGLYO and EDF will continue the conversations that began in 2011 about a joint project on young people, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. These multiple strands of identity often overlap, and as IGLYO strives to make all of its programming accessible to all LGBTQ young people, EDF will prove to be an essential partner. We aim to host an event on this issue in 2013.
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
IGLYO has planned a number of events for 2012 and has secured funding for a study session, a conference and a seminar to take place next year:
Gender Equality though human rights education and youth leadership
Study session to take place in the European Youth Center in April 2012.
IGLYO is collaborating with Loesje Armenia, Kurt Lewin Foundation, International Sport and Culture Association and Center for Intercultural Dialogue to organize the study session.
The aim of this study session is to raise awareness of youth leaders about gender inequality and stereotypes in a multicultural context and to empower minority groups that are affected by gender based discrimination.
- The study session pursues the following objectives:
- Demystifying the construction of gender as an social expectation influencing young people,
- Observing the process of automatic categorization and stereotype forming,
- Empowering young leaders and developing tools to challenge the gender stereotypes in their youth work,
- Developing critical thinking in regards to gender issues in an intercultural context,
- Widening the understanding of human rights, human rights education and intercultural learning,
- Learning to use human rights to fight gender based discrimination.
Keep the faith
Promoting inter-religious and inter cultural dialogue in the LGBTQ youth sector, an IGLYO conference to take place in Belgium in the end October 2012
IGLYO has received core funding from the European Youth Foundation (EYF) to organize the conference and is now negotiating over possible partnership with Belgium-based member-organizations.
The conference will address the themes that cross Intercultural & Inter-religious Dialogue (ICIRD) and LGBTQ youth.
The event pursues the following objectives:
- Provide an understanding of ICIRD,
- Promote dialogue between IGLYO’s member organizations and various cultural/religious groups,
- Share best practices in the field of ICIRD,
- Create a network and alliances with cultural and religious groups, organizations, individuals and experts to better promote ICIRD through IGLYO’s work,
- IGLYO will keep its members and friends updated on the conference news.
IGLYO has begun to seek funding for a seminar that will address the key recommendations made by the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe. The event will take place in the first part of 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.
- Provide an understanding of the recommendations,
- Promote methods to monitor implementation across member states,
- Build members competence in the European Policy field,
- Create a network and alliances for LGBTQ orgs working in CoE member states.
In 2012 IGLYO will launch a new training scheme as a follow on to our capacity building conference in October 2011. This training pilot will run for 6 months.
- Increase the capacities of LGBTQ organizations from countries with less opportunities and support from LGBTQ youth and students.
- Increase IGLYO’s understanding of the needs of LGBTQ youth and student organizations
- Increase IGLYO’s ability to respond to the needs of LGBTQ youth and student organizations
POLICY DEVELOPMENT WORK AND ADVOCACY
IGLYO is increasingly taking up a role of advocate for better policies that concern LGBTQ young people and students, especially in Europe. It can do so by trying to influence the policy development at the same time IGLYO can facilitate the building of understanding on how such policies are shaped amongst member organizations. For this to be successful, it is increasingly necessary to formulate clear political message.
Horizontal Anti-Discrimination Directive
Building on our work which began in 2008, IGLYO has joined forces with ILGA Europe and ENAR to address the need anti-discrimination directive to be progressed.
Over 2012 we will be providing MOs with information about how to campaign and advocate more strongly for national governments to support this directive. As well as working on an international level to increase the pressure by EU institutions to encourage national governments to sign up.
Meeting with Permanent Representations to the EU, in conjunction with other equality networks, to find out about the state of play of the Horizontal Anti-Discrimination Directive. Once passed, the Directive will protect against discrimination in almost all areas of life. IGLYO and our partners will continue this work in the new year.
Homophobia and Homophobia Bullying in Schools
IGLYO has worked within education for a long time, with the recognition that LGBTQ youth are feeling isolated, excluded, bullied and unsafe in schools in every country in the Council of Europe region.
With the growing body of evidence around the impact of bullying and homophobia in schools IGLYO will sharpen its focus in 2012 to address this issue from a strategic level. By asking the difficult question and ensuring an audience with key institutions, IGLYO will call EU policy makers to account to ask why there is no concise strategy for LGBTQ youth in education across Europe.
IGLYO will be asking policy makers to sign up to a set of standards that all national governments should impose, these will be in line with the Council of Europe Recommendations and the Hammerberg Report.
Mainstreaming the Committee of Ministers Recommendation (CoE)
The council of Europe’s “Committee of Ministers Recommendations” are an important set of standards that IGLYO will promote to member organizations in 2012. Although not legally binding on member states, this document is a clear ‘best practice’ guide which all member states have signed up to implementing.
IGLYO will work closely with ILGA EU to ensure that member organizations are prepared and able to monitor the implementation in their own countries with a focus on the impact on youth. It is hoped that IGLYO can facilitate an event to further increase knowledge and skills for members to use these recommendations in their own countries.
In 2012, IGLYO will continue to support Pride Parades, particularly those in regions, areas or countries in which parades have been cancelled or outlawed by the local or national government, or which face intimidation and violence from counter-protesters. We will aim to be more active in our participation, building on the successful 2011.
- IGLYO aims to support and have a presence at Baltic Pride in Riga, Latvia June 2012
- IGLYO aims to support and have a presence at the combination of World Pride and Europride in London, UK 2012
- IGLYO will respond to the requests of our members to attend national or regional Prides when the impact will be significant
- IGLYO will use these platforms to facilitate debate and discussion in lien with MOs needs and wants
IGLYO’s quarterly printed bulletin
In 2012, IGLYO will continue to produce IGLYO On publications with a focus on linking them to the themes evident in study sessions, conferences and seminar. This means that in 2012 we hope to produce four publications with a focus on:
3. Capacity building
The contents of each publication will be available to view online on the IGLYO website and order a hard copy from IGLYO secretariat.