Capacity building workshops

In the last 2 years we’ve seen an increase in the level of intolerance in Romanian society, through hate speech which has become more and more targeted towards the LGBTQI+ community. It is now even more important for organisations and activists to be prepared and to create and organise events, projects and awareness campaigns for the community and also for public authorities and professionals from areas such as justice, health, education and social services who are in contact with members of the LGBTQI+ community.

ACCEPT Association together with The National Council for Combating Discrimination are implementing the project Partnerships for equality for LGBTI people, financed by the programme Rights, Equality, Citizenship 2014-2020 of the European Union. The project has as an objective capacity building for public authorities and professionals from areas such as justice, health, education and social services so that these can work with plaintiffs, patients, students and clients from the LGBTI community. Another objective is capacity building for LGBTQI+ activists and NGOs for human rights. Such a session of community building was held in 14 – 18th of November 2019.

Among the curricula of the session, the following topics were addressed:
- Principles for preventing and combating discrimination caused by sexual orientation and gender identity, ways how we can address such matters of discrimination, support for victims of discrimination
- Principles for preventing and combating hate crimes against LGBTI people, how we can manage this crimes and types of support we can offer to victims
- Support for trans people and discussion around the legal recognition of gender identity
- Support for LGBTI families and discussion around the principles of legal protection of family life
- Management of human resources, preventing burnout and building resilience
- Recognising and addressing hate speech
- Organising events and creating safe spaces for the community
- History of the LGBTI community and recovering our stories
- Intersectionality and mutual support on human rights issues.

Identity.Education participated in this project with the aim to consolidate the knowledge base of the organisations members and to become stronger partners in the LGBTQI+ network on a national level. At the same time, these sessions created the space for meetings and discussion with the other NGOs about projects that can be organized on a national level, projects in which each organisation, each informal group and all activists from Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara and Tulcea can contribute.