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General information

ABOUT US

 

General Information

Right Side is a community based, democratic, human rights defender NGO, founded in January 2016 by trans activists in Armenia. It is the first and only NGO run by and for trans people and sex workers in Armenia and in the South Caucasus. Right Side NGO works on a national level and in the Republic of Artsakh which is a conflicted area between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

 

Mission

Ensure well-being, protection and equality of the trans community and sex workers in Armenia by achieving social-cultural and legal changes through cooperation with state bodies, civil society and with international organizations.

 

External Vision

Inclusive society which respects gender diversity, where trans people and sex workers are equal and live healthy, in a safe environment, and equally participate in all aspects of life without any discrimination.

 

Internal Vision

Visible, sustainable, reliable and respected organization which professionally addresses and solves the problems of sex workers and trans community in Armenia.

 

Values

  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Transparency and democracy
  • Respect for and recognition of human rights
  • Solidarity with other groups
  • Professional approach to the work

 

3 Strategic Directions

  • Human rights lobby and advocacy
  • Community mobilization, safety, health and well-being
  • Public awareness raising and social-cultural changes

Membership

“Right Side” Human Rights defender NGO is a member of TGEU, ILGA-Europe, EKHN, IGLYO and Trans Coalition in the post-Soviet Space and ICRSE.

Structure

The General Assembly of the Right Side NGO is the main decision-making body and the political meeting of trans community members and has the following authorities:

  • Including new members and suspending memberships
  • Electing the Board, Financial Control Committee and the President
  • Defining the organization’s strategic directions
  • Approving annual financial and narrative reports, etc.

The Board is composed of five activists, including 2 trans women, 2 trans men, and one non-binary women who governs the organization. In addition, 3 of the Board members are sex workers.

The President (currently is a trans woman) based on the statutes manages the organization’s projects and the secretariat.

The Financial Control Committee is composed of three members who supervise the NGO’s annual financial budgets, cash flows, bank accounts, financial transactions, contracts and registered material values.

 

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