With the financial support of the Equality Fund, a meeting-discussion on effective response to crises and assessment of the needs of LGBTIQ persons took place in the community safe space of Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO, which was attended by representatives of organizations of the sector and community members.

Representatives of Right Side NGO, Pink Human Rights Defender NGO, Women’s Resource Center NGO, and Global Foundation of Trans Rights Protection and community members discussed both the crisis caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war since 2022 and the impact of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis on LGBTIQ people and their relatives. As a result of these crises, there are many immigrants and resettled people in RA today, many of whom are members of the LGBTIQ community, which makes them doubly vulnerable.

The organizations presented the support they provide to LGBTIQ people, and also there was an exchange of experience to develop the necessary capacities to overcome the crisis. As a result of conversations with community members, the involved public organizations made an assessment of the needs of LGBTIQ people, which will enable them to make their next steps according to these needs.

Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO gives great importance to cooperation with the organizations of the field, especially in the current conditions of crisis, and is sure that this meeting will help the involved organizations to serve more effectively in protecting the rights and ensuring the well-being of vulnerable groups, in particular, LGBTIQ people.

October 26, 2023 Armenia, Yerevan

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