Answer – Funding for communication campaigns by human rights NGOs – E-000068/2017

As the Commission referred to in its reply to Written Question E-007257/2016, one example of a European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) funded campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons’ rights was an initiative undertaken by the NGO Institut Panos Afrique de l’Ouest (IPAO), with its five local partners, through a regional project called ‘Voices and ways against homophobia’ in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. This project, supported by the Commission, focused specifically on communication and awareness rising against discrimination towards LGBTI persons. Such communication and advocacy campaigns are key in building support among public opinion for changing discriminatory laws and designing legal and public policies which respect human rights for all.

Furthermore, the EU also provides funding through the EIDHR for projects containing specific activities dedicated to awareness raising against discrimination based on sexual orientation and calling for equal treatment of LGBTI persons in the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kosovo, Lesotho, Malawi, Montenegro, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, El Salvador, Serbia, South Africa and Turkey. The Commission is ready to provide examples with more details to the Honourable Member.

The Mid-Term Evaluation of the EIDHR(1), released in 2017, highlights that the instrument has contributed to the capacity of civil society to advocate and lobby for reform and that it has created more space for civil society to do so.

(1) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/public-consultation-external-financing-instruments-european-union_en

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