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      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI+) people in Tanzania and those in the Kenyan Coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya face similar challenges ranging from social stigmatisation to lack of poor networks in which they can mobilise for action and carry out advocacy for protection of their rights. They also share a common language, Swahili, which is used by their communities to further stigmatise them using derogatory names and expressions meant to trivialise their existence.

      The project Strengthening LGBT HRDs in East Africa brings together different LGBTI+ Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) across Kenya and Tanzania, engages local and national authorities to contribute to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBTI+ people, and particularly those of HRDs and their Right to Defend Human Rights (RHDR). The action also works with religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, and police forces that have exclusionary and discriminatory perceptions and actions towards LGBTI+ people. The project raises awareness on issues such as Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression and Sexual Characteristics (SOGIESC), the human rights situation of LGBTI+ people in general, and specifically the LGBTI HRDs, and the levels of violence and discrimination they face on a daily basis, including dangerous practices like forced anal examination and forced genital surgery for intersex people. Moreover, the project “takes out” LGBTI+ HRDs form isolation, connecting them in networks at the national level, in their home countries but also at the regional level, given the very similar threats faced by LGBTI+ in Kenya and Tanzania. The cross-learning can enable Tanzania LGBTI HRDs acquire important knowledge from their Kenyan colleagues in making a difference in their own country.

      The project also strengthens the preventive protection of LGBTI HRDs, and their organisations; by taking a preventive protection approach, encompassing physical and digital security and well-being. Moreover, since protection is enhanced when HRDs are not isolated, the action builds and strengthens LGBTI+ HRDs networks at national and regional levels, by giving a common voice to LGBTI+ peacefully defending their rights and dignity. Ultimately, the project promotes the creation and strengthening of these networks to open new spaces for policy reforms, to seize legislative and judicial opportunities, and to raise awareness about discrimination and violations of LGBTI human rights in the region.

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    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI+) people in Tanzania and those in the Kenyan Coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya face similar challenges ranging from social stigmatisation to lack of poor networks in which they can mobilise for action and carry out advocacy for protection of their rights. They also share a common language, Swahili, which is used by their communities to further stigmatise them using derogatory names and expressions meant to trivialise their existence.

    The project Strengthening LGBT HRDs in East Africa brings together different LGBTI+ Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) across Kenya and Tanzania, engages local and national authorities to contribute to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBTI+ people, and particularly those of HRDs and their Right to Defend Human Rights (RHDR). The action also works with religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, and police forces that have exclusionary and discriminatory perceptions and actions towards LGBTI+ people. The project raises awareness on issues such as Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression and Sexual Characteristics (SOGIESC), the human rights situation of LGBTI+ people in general, and specifically the LGBTI HRDs, and the levels of violence and discrimination they face on a daily basis, including dangerous practices like forced anal examination and forced genital surgery for intersex people. Moreover, the project “takes out” LGBTI+ HRDs form isolation, connecting them in networks at the national level, in their home countries but also at the regional level, given the very similar threats faced by LGBTI+ in Kenya and Tanzania. The cross-learning can enable Tanzania LGBTI HRDs acquire important knowledge from their Kenyan colleagues in making a difference in their own country.

    The project also strengthens the preventive protection of LGBTI HRDs, and their organisations; by taking a preventive protection approach, encompassing physical and digital security and well-being. Moreover, since protection is enhanced when HRDs are not isolated, the action builds and strengthens LGBTI+ HRDs networks at national and regional levels, by giving a common voice to LGBTI+ peacefully defending their rights and dignity. Ultimately, the project promotes the creation and strengthening of these networks to open new spaces for policy reforms, to seize legislative and judicial opportunities, and to raise awareness about discrimination and violations of LGBTI human rights in the region.

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