In September 2022, the Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO implemented “Building Inclusive Societies through Action” LGBTI youth academy in Kotayk region, involving LGBTI youth living in different regions of the RA. The main goal of the event was to promote civil activism and rights protection of young LGBTI people in Armenia through raising their awareness and developing effective communication skills and activist capacity.

Lilit Martirosyan, President of the organization officially opened the academy, congratulated all the participants on their selection, thanked them for their interest, then added that the LGBTI community members should make the most of such opportunities to educate themselves and implement positive changes in the field of community rights protection.

During the academy, the participants had the opportunity to discuss the following topics:

  • Basic elements and effects of communication, communication process and types, principles of effective communication.
  • Communication barriers for LGBTI people.
  • Building trust and relationships.
  • Making first impression.
  • Problem mapping and setting priorities.
  • Development of action plan, strategy and special tools.
  • Community mobilization and activism, networking and collaboration.
  • Development of an advocacy plan aimed at the rights protection.
  • Working with the media, decision and policy makers.

The academy was implemented by combining theoretical materials and practical exercises through games and mental exercises. LGBTI youth presented their experience and activities in advocacy processes, successful stories, challenges and problems.

The participants showed great interest and activity during all the process of the academy.

It should be noted that 46 participants applied to participate in the academy, of which only 18 were given the opportunity.

At the end of the academy, the participants were handed certificates.

The “Right Side” Human Rights Defender NGO will continue to organize discussions and courses aimed at promoting the rights protection of LGBTI people in order to find solutions as a result of effective cooperation.

This academy was made possible with the financial support of the Council of Europe.

November 01, 2022 Armenia, Yerevan

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