Empowered LGBTI people

Social change starts with individual LGBTI people who no longer accept being marginalised but decide to take action. Individual stories raise public awareness and expose the level of exclusion in society. Empowered LGBTI individuals serve as role models for others, and their actions form important steps in the creation of LGBTI communities.

How do we think this works? Here are a few of our assumptions:
“Empowered LGBTI people experience less psychological pressure and stress, adopt healthier lifestyles and show less (sexual) risk behaviour” (Letter B in the graphic below)
“LGBTI people who are active in the public sphere are positive role models and lead to “normalisation” in the media and in public opinion” (Letter F in the graphic below)
“Professionals are best influenced through their peers who have already been sensitised: police officers through police officers, nurses through nurses, etc.” (Letter H in the graphic below)

Economic Empowerment of LGBTI in Ghana

Watch the inspiring story of how Solace Initiative, an organisation based in Ghana, has enabled LGBTI people in the country to work towards self-economic ...

Building Self-Esteem and Understanding Sexual Orientation

This video presents the testimonies of young gay men and lesbian women who participated in a training on self-esteem. Through those trainings, the people ...

Regional Meeting of LBQ Organisations (Francophone West

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Collaboration with the Police in times of Crisis in

In May 2017, members of the LGBTI organisation CAMFAIDS based in Yaounde in Cameroon, were assaulted and attacked by people from the neighbourhood. Here ...

The Effectiveness of Change Within AVAF Cameroon

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Facilitating Unfiltered Conversations in Safe Spaces, for

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Regional Intersex Exchange Program

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Putting LBQ-Women at the Forefront – the Birth of an

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Mobilisation des Femmes LBQ au Cameroun et en Afrique de

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Caribbean LGBTQI Leadership Academy Pilot Programme

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