The Equality Movement is an organization supporting LGBTQI people, whose goal is to promote the full integration of the LGBTQI community and women in society. The Equality Movement fights to eliminate homophobia and sexism in society. Accordingly, the organization provides need-based social and legal service delivery and community mobilization, as well as works to change public awareness and policy advocacy.
We present to you the activities of the Equality Movement in the month of January 2023:
- In the month of January 2023, the Equality Movement provided social, legal and mental health services to 96 representatives of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Within the framework of the health and AIDS prevention program, the organization provided preventive means to 332 people during the month of January, and 298 beneficiaries were tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, 231 people subscribed to a preventive kit and an AIDS self-test through selftest.ge in different cities of Georgia. In addition, 38 new beneficiaries joined the PrEP program and 16 people received the chemical sex package.
- Together with the “Eurasian Men’s Health Coalition” and the Association Temida, the Equality Movement submitted a report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on “Violations of Human Rights Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Georgia”. The report assesses incidents of hate crimes and violence against LGBT+ people. The document discusses gender based, as well as domestic and sexual violence against LBT women. In addition, the report includes a document related to the legal recognition of gender, the exercise of the right to health care, employment and housing.
- On January 13, 2022, the organization discussed the legal situation of LGBTQI people in Georgia and the challenges facing the community in a meeting with Fara Karim, deputy chairman of the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, who is visiting Georgia at the invitation of the Swedish Embassy, and the speaker of the same committee, Johan Bueser.
- In January 2023, the Equality Movement, with the support of the National Democracy Institute (NDI), completed work on a video campaign. The concept and main messages of the campaign are based on the document “Study of Social and Economic Needs of the LGBTQI Community in Georgia”. As part of the campaign, three videos were prepared for distribution on social media (duration — 90 seconds) and one video clip of the type of social advertisement (duration — 30 seconds). The video campaign focuses on the links between poverty and homophobia. The videos depict the barriers that LGBTQ people in Georgia face in terms of access to decent working conditions, quality education and healthcare services, as well as housing.
- Temida — January 2023 review
- Tbilisi Pride — Review of January 2023
- Women’s Foundation in Georgia – January 2023 review