Temida is a queer-activist, trans* community organization that organizes, works and fights to build a safe, equal and dignified political, legal and social environment for trans* and queer people. The goal of the organization is to build a dignified, equal and fair political, legal and social environment for trans people, where their needs, concerns, challenges and rights are recognized and supported by the state and society.
We present to you the activities of TEMIDA in the month of January 2023:
TEMIDA presented the annual report
TEMIDA resumed work on January 9. One of the first activities of the new working year was an employment workshop held on January 21, which was held online so that members of the queer and trans* community who could not attend the physical workshops could attend.
The purpose of employment workshops is to provide jobseekers with information on employment opportunities, their labor rights, and to help improve skills and competencies that will significantly increase their employability.
The employment workshops were aimed at trans* and non-binary gender identity people, the January 21 workshop was the final meeting for this phase, however the organization continues to work on the challenges and solutions to the employment of the trans* community.
The activity is carried out with the support of the organization “Women’s Fund Georgia”.
In December, TEMIDA launched a social media campaign addressing the situation and challenges of the trans* and queer community in the field of employment. The purpose of the campaign is to promote the needs of the community and promote the actualization and implementation of anti-discrimination and community-oriented policies in the workplace.
In January, two videos prepared as part of the “Dignified employment is our right” campaign were posted on Temida’s page on social networks. In one of the videos, Challenges of the LGBTQ Community in the Labor Market: Existing Experiences, social worker and employment consultant, Magda Modebadze, based on her own work experience, talks about the situation that exists in the trans* and queer community and is related to the existing problems and barriers in terms of employment, which the community members are often excluded from the labor market and have limited access to decent employment opportunities.
In the third video prepared as part of the campaign, which was posted on the organization’s social pages in January, activist Nata Talikishvili talks about her own experience, which puts an important emphasis and shows us how vulnerable institutionalized homo/bi and transphobia makes community members both in the labor market and in other areas.
In the framework of the mentioned campaign, informational posters will be prepared and placed on Temida’s Facebook and Instagram pages about the challenges of the LGBTQ+ community in the labor market and the elimination of discriminatory practices.
The activity is carried out with the support of the organization “Women’s Fund Georgia”. Opinions expressed within the campaign may not reflect the views of the Foundation.
Alternative Report: Report on Violations of Human Rights Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Georgia
In January, Temida, together with ECOM (Eurasia Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexuality Diversity) and the Equality Movement, prepared an alternative report for 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 critically assesses the current situation for trans* and queer people. It talks about the consequences of social and cultural exclusion, violations and issues in the direction of housing, employment, protection from violence, freedom of expression.