Project Specification (Summary)

The project is designed to take action on the top priority topic for 2014-15 anti-discrimination work identified by grassroots religion and belief (R&B) organisations at the ENORB Assemblée Générale in 2013: the interface between religion and belief (R&B) and LGBT rights. The project is summarised below:

Project 1 – Building Communities of Trust

Strategic Aims

The project was designed following a jointly organised seminar by ENORB and ILGA and the subsequent setting up of a joint Task Group.  The Task Group aims to work in both communities:

  • To promote equalities and take action against discrimination and hate crime on grounds of religion and belief and against LGBT communities
  • To increase mutual understanding between these communities on the basis of human rights and shared valuesat European and local levels
  • To build alliances and develop materials aimed at contributing to long-term shifts in attitudes to human rights on these issuesacross Europe.

Key Deliverables

  • Joint ENORB/ILGA European seminar on the topic of LGBT Rights and Freedom of Religion/ Belief
  • At least two pilot meetings in member states, plus exploratory visits to further European countries where there is local demand
  • 3-5 additional meetings/seminars in member-states if an additional funding bid is successful
  • A report and sample materials suitable for use in similar initiatives in other member states

Further Details

  • ENORB/ILGA Seminar – February 26-27, 2015. The seminar in Brussels,will bring together some 50 participants from ENORB and ILGA member organisations, equality bodies and EU/European institutions, with the aims of agreeing a human rights basis for a joint position statement and programmes of action in member states. Organisation and fundingwillbecarried out by ENORB, and plannedby the Joint Task Group.
  • Meetings/Seminars in UK member-states. These will be organised in collaboration with local member organisations, in order to support local initiatives on R&B and LGBT issues, withsmallfunding supportfromprojectfunds and in collaboration withequality bodies where possible. Where there are no existing national R&B networks focusing on anti-discrimination and equalities work, the project team will support the formation of such networks, and similarly with local LGBT networks, if required. Interest in holding seminars has already come from UK, Netherlands, Spain, Romania, and Italy.