2012 International Fund Grants Awarded

Published on Sep 21, 2012

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is pleased to announce grants awarded this June through our International Fund and Social Change Opportunity Fund. A total of $531,000 was distributed to 46 grassroots groups* in 30 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

USA- New York

2012-International-Grantees International Fund awardees include (clockwise from top left) Mitini Nepal, Lesbianas Independientes Feministas y Socialistas, Mujeres Al Borde, and GALANG Philippines, Inc. Astraea grantee partners advance LGBTQI human rights in a number of key areas, including Transgender Human Rights Protections, Economic Rights, Safety/Anti Criminalization, and Family Protections. These groups use a variety of social change strategies, from policy advocacy to grassroots organizing and arts and cultural activism. We are pleased to bring on three new grantee partners and renew support to many long-standing partners. *Some grantee names have been withheld due to security considerations. Economic Rights, Employment, Livelihood Our grantee partners engage innovative work to advance economic justice for LGBTQI communities. Some strategies include securing employment protections, creating opportunities for livelihood, empowering rural and urban working class/poor, lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities, and addressing broader economic inequities affecting LGBTQ communities. GALANG Philippines, Inc Quezon City, Philippines LINK Davao Incorporated Davao City, Philippines Mitini Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal Movimiento de Acción Lésbica Feminista Aguascalientes, Mexico Family Protections Securing LGBTQI family protections is important to many communities across the globe. Our grantee partners advance LGBTQI parental rights, and work towards the recognition of same-sex unions and alternate family structures. Campaign Against Homophobia/Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (KPH) Warsaw, Poland Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI) Rijeka, Croatia SKUC-LL Ljubljana, Slovenia Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy Taipei, Taiwan Hubs and Networks Connecting across borders, skills, and issues is a key part of strengthening local movements to build global movements. Our grantee partners host, convene, and train other LGBTQI organizations in their regions and countries. Working together, they are breaking isolation, and sharing resources, information, and strategies. 1er Encuentro Feminista LESBITRANSINTER Latinoamericano y del Caribe Venir al Sur Asuncion, Paraguay Chinese Lala Alliance Beijing, China Comisión Organizadora ELFLAC 2012 La Paz, Bolivia Corporación Promoción de la Mujer/Taller de Comunicación Mujer Quito, Ecuador Grupo Latinoamericano de Estudio Formación y Acción Feminista (GLEFAS) Buenos Aires, Argentina Rompiendo el Silencio Santiago, Chile United and Strong Castries, St. Lucia Media, Arts and Cultural Activism Using arts and cultural practices, media and video, our grantee partners empower LGBTQI communities by increasing their visibility, raising awareness of LGBTQI human rights issues, and preserving shared cultural histories. Across mediums, artists and cultural workers shape images of LGBTQI people and use art as a tool for social change. Asociación Queretana de Educación para las Sexualidades Humanas, A.C. Querétaro, Mexico Chengdu Les’GO Chengdu, China China Queer Independent Films Beijing, China Colectivo Sentimos Diverso Quito, Ecuador Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) Johannesburg, South Africa Labrisz Lesbian Association Budapest, Hungary les+ workshop Beijing, China Mujeres Al Borde Bogota, Colombia Mujeres Y Cultura Subterránea, A.C. Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico PA/F Space Tokyo, Japan Shanghai Nvai Lesbian Group Shanghai, China Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival Saint Petersburg, Russia Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) Georgetown, Guyana Thai Youth Action Programs Foundation Chiang Mai, Thailand Racial Justice Our grantee partners build solidarity and advance rights at the intersection of racial justice, sexuality, and gender. These groups fight for the recognition of rights and self-determination of black, arab, migrant, indigenous, and Roma LGBTQI people in their national contexts, as well as LGBTQI communities living under occupation. alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society Jerusalem, Israel Aswat – Palestinian Gay Women Haifa, Israel Forum for the Empowerment of Women Johannesburg, South Africa Community Safety, Freedom from Violence/Criminalization Our grantee partners lead a diverse range of campaigns to increase safety for LGBTQ communities and end many forms of violence. Some groups tackle hate violence and domestic and family violence. Others address institutional violence that endangers LGBTQI dignity and well-being. Many groups fight policies that criminalize aspects of LGBTQI people’s self-expression and livelihoods: consensual sex between same-sex adults, cross-dressing, and sex work. Aireana – Grupo por los Derechos de las Lesbianas Asuncion, Paraguay Common Language Beijing, China Pembe Hayat LGBTT Dayanisma Dernegi Ankara, Turkey Red Lésbica ‘CATTRACHAS’ Tegucigalpa, Honduras Rromnjako Ilo Novi Becej, Serbia Santamaria Fundacion GLBT Cali, Colombia Sayoni Singapore, Singapore Transgender Human Rights Protections Astraea grantees partners are paving the way to secure human rights protections for trans* and gender non-conforming people. Addressing discrimination, they are securing access to comprehensive healthcare, ensuring the right to change gender markers on legal documents, and addressing violence and discrimination based on Gender Identity. Gender DynamiX Athlone, South Africa Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad Rancagua, Chile Transgender and Intersex Africa Pretoria, South Africa Transgender Resource Center Hong Kong, SAR