We are happy to introduce REPLIKA LGBT Magazin – a new corporate partner of CALBiA.
‘Replika’ is a free bi-monthly magazine available in the approx. 60 LGBT-friendly clubs in 16 greatest Polish cities. Our mission is to raise awareness on human rights – particularly, equality and non-discrimination of LGBT community.
1.We monitor the progress on the LGBT rights in Poland.
2.We publish articles on LGBT rights in various countries.
3.We re-discover the LGBT history.
4.We publish interviews with public personalities who are not afraid of speaking openly about their own sexuality or supporting the LGBT rights.
5.In every issue we devote at least one article to the transgender issues
6.We support the development of LGBT-friendly businesses and the development of LGBT-friendly policies.
7.We publish reviews of books, films and theatre plays with LGBT motives
8.We support the development of the Polish LGBT community by covering all the main LGBT-related events (Gay Prides etc.)
9.We raise HIV awareness.
In June 2011 we registered CALBiA Foundation as a charity organization and thanks to our partner FEW received first applications for support. The following 6 months were very busy as we have to establish working structure, define processes, to find sponsors while at the same time we were working on 10 projects helping young entrepreneurs to become financially independent.
In September 2011 CALBiA participated in the 1st African LGBT Business & Human Rights Forum. An event which was initiated by the Founder of CALBiA and organized with our support. Junie and Seja, the owners of Green Tart Designs company established with help of CALBiA, presented their story in context of foundation. We have received an amazing feedback from NGO activists and differenet businesses. CALBiA approach was much discussed and concluded as the right way to integrate LGBT within society. It gave us much motivation to continue our work according to the CALBiA’s innovative concept of ‘’help for help’’.
During the first 6 months we signed partnership agreements with a number of NGO’s which support our efforts for advancement of LGBT rights in Africa. The Joburg pride, which took place on the next day after the Forum, was a perfect occasion to present CALBiA foundation to the broad LGBT community. While in 2011 our focus was on South Africa and majority of application received were from this country, in 2012 we are planning to expand our activities across African continent. We received many requests and suggestions that CALBiA should develop business ideas and help the whole LGBT community. After discussions we decided that the main focus of our support will be still on black lesbian women and transgender people while we will be open to accept the applications from all other members of the community who will address the need for help to us.
I thank all CALBiA members, activists, partners, supporters and donors who contributed to our success in 2011. We look forward to work with all of you for even more successful year 2012 !
Founder & Executive Director
CALBiA Foundation wishes a wonderful Christmas time and a very
successful and happy New Year all our members, partners,
donors and applicants !
AllOut.Org Applauds OHCHR and South African Government for Leadership on Historic UN Report Documenting LGBT Human Rights Violations Worldwide
AllOut.org and African Human Rights Activists Declare: ‘Equality Under the Law is a Universal Human Right’
New York, NY — The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today released the first-ever U.N. report documenting discriminatory laws, practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The report gives a sweeping panorama of the status of LGBT rights around the world, and includes an ambitious set of recommendations for U.N. member states to implement.
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“Today the United Nations has sent a powerful message to member states around the world, echoing what Hillary Clinton said last week: Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” said AllOut.org co-founder Andre Banks. “This groundbreaking report adds major momentum to the work that LGBT equality advocates are doing worldwide. We applaud the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the South African government in particular, for their courage and commitment to this historic civil and human rights struggle.”
African human rights and LGBT rights advocates who work closely with AllOut.org responded to the historic report:
Alice N’Kom, Attorney and founder of the Association for the Defense of LGBT Rights in Cameroon (ADEFHO), said: “I am so proud that this breakthrough was initiated by an African country, and that South Africa is standing up for human rights. Not only were they leaders at the United Nations in pushing for the passage of this historic resolution on LGBT rights, they are also setting an example for all African countries and sending a simple message : homophobia is not an African value.”
Ifeanyi Orazulike, public health advocate and director of the International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health (ICARH) in Abuja, Nigeria, said: “This report highlights how the majority of our countries still cling to penal codes written under colonial rule – laws that make the lives and loving relationship of LGBT people illegal. And these laws and the prejudicial attitudes that keep them in place don’t just punish LGBT Africans – they make our societies sicker – by undercutting our urgent work to battle the HIV / AIDS pandemic on the continent.”
The report, titled Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, affirms in unambiguous language that across the world:
“People experience violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In many cases, even the perception of homosexuality or transgender identity puts people at risk. Violations include – but are not limited to – killings, rape and physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, the denial of rights to assembly, expression and information, and discrimination in employment, health and education. United Nations mechanisms, including human rights treaty bodies and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, have documented such violations for close to two decades.”
The report makes a number of recommendations, among them that UN member States:
- Investigate promptly all reported killings and other serious incidents of violence perpetrated against individuals because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Ensure that no one fleeing persecution on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity is returned to a territory where his or her life or freedom would be threatened
- Repeal laws used to criminalize individuals on grounds of homosexuality for engaging in consensual same-sex sexual conduct, and harmonize the age of consent for heterosexual and homosexual conduct
The United Nations commitment to spurring a robust global dialogue on this critical issue is yet one more sign that the movement for LGBT equality is global, and that it’s time has come.
AllOut.org is a global campaign organization of over 800,000 people from 190 countries around the world dedicated to LGBT equality. A movement working online and on the ground to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are, All Out is adding global people power to the historic fight for LGBT equality. Find out more at: www.allout.org/about
Joseph Huff-Hannon | www.allout.org
For Immediate Release
Statement on Nigeria’s Pending Anti Gay Legislation
by Jabulani Chen Pereira, IGLHRC Africa Program Coordinator
Roberta Sklar, Press Secretary, IGLHRC
(United Nations, New York, Dec 9) We urge the President of Nigeria to lead his government in a manner that clearly abides with the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The impact of the decision by the Nigerian Senate to pass this Bill, know as the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011 has placed Gays, Lesbians, Gender Variant and Gender non-conforming citizens in great fear for their safety and well-being. The Bill reaches far beyond the issue of the right to marry. It not only bans same sex marriage, it criminalizes witnessing of such marriages, affection expressed publicly between members of the same sex, and a ban on the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations. As the Bill is now before the Nigerian House of Representatives for a vote and the President for his signature, we call on all United Nations Member States to denounce the Bill. We urge the Government of Nigeria to permanently withdraw this Bill from Nigerian politics.
Nigeria is currently ranked 156 of 187 on the United Nations Development Index (HDI). Within Nigeria there are overwhelming challenges regarding poverty eradication, access to basic health, and the right of all citizens to enjoy education. The question: Why is the Government of Nigeria targeting same sex relationships as its area of focus? This is counter-productive and merely shifts attention from its State priorities in attaining the challenges set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is the states responsibility to ensure that its citizens have access and enjoy all the rights set as out in the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights.
This Bill is in serious breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as Nigeria’s constitution that affords citizens the right to live in human dignity.
The specific restrictions of this bill and the banning of civil society organizations is a major step backwards in building an active, vibrant and tolerant society.
We are in the process of creating an application (LGBTsupports) for smart/androids phone and type of tables such as the i-Phone, i-Pad for fundraising for LGBT community.
The aim is to throughout real stories / pictures and short video clip, raise awareness on several issues that the LGBT is facing today.
Such subjects can be educating to acceptance and tolerance in order to eradicate bullying of young homosexuals in schools, promote equal opportunities in the working environment, discrimination etc.
Also, We aim to increase the cooperation between different foundations and NGOs working on same subjects around the globe.
We firmly believe that a mobile application is the way to go as it will bring your causes to a worldwide audience of over 900 millions smartphones and tablets users and will be of great help to the fundraising efforts. This can be achieved with extremely low efforts on your side and almost no cost. Nothing to compare with the huge costs any NGO faces if employing the traditional fundraising channels and methods.
The application was officially launched at the end of September during the LGBT Forum in J’burg- South Africa.
Canela believes we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and whom we exclude.
We have to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and whom we include.
Established in 1994, Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) is a regional non-profit organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa with four other country offices in Manzini, Swaziland; Maputo, Mozambique; Lusaka, Zambia and Harare, Zimbabwe. With support from local partners, SAfAIDS currently implements its programmes in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SAfAIDS’ core activities include capacity development for other HIV and AIDS Intermediary Organisations (IOs), information production, collection and dissemination, networking and building partnerships and leadership in promoting dialogue on cutting- edge issues related to HIV and AIDS. http://www.safaids.net/
CALBiA and ILGA-PAI are working together for equal rights of LGBTI community in Africa. We are honored to be a partner of ILGA in common efforts to change to better the situation of lesbian women and transgender persons through advancement and support for their entrepreneurship. CALBiA is listed from now at in the ILGA’s World Directory of LGBTI organizations.
About ILGA – The only worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights. Since 1978. For more information about the important work of ILGA please refer to the website http://ilga.org/
Trans-Fuzja is a partner organization of CALBiA and it’s president Ania Grodzka the member of the CALBiA Decision Board. We applaude Ania to her success during the last election for Polish Parliament where she received 19 451 votes. It is an excellent result in conservative Krakow, where Ania was representing Ruch Palikota – a liberal party that put a number of LGBTI candidates on it list. So Robert Biedron – an openly gay LGBTI activist was elected with 14 330 votes to parliament also.
Ania Grodzka asked about CALBiA answered:
”CALBiA Foundation is an innovative concept for lesbian and trans persons as it includes an important aspect of financial independence. These people are discriminated at the workplace in most of countries. Professional and financial support of CALBiA allow transgender persons to start up their business idea in the atmosphere of understanding and mutual respect. Achieving financial independece means to become more selfconfident. Persons with different as majority sexual orientation, being successful entrepreneurs get more respect and acceptance at the society. Such initiatives as CALBiA are need all other the world.” Anna Grodzka.
We wish Ania much success, endurance and many supporters in her new role as a politician fighting for equality and respect for LGBTI people. She is actually worldwide the only trans person represented at country parliaments.
CALBiA was present at the 1st African LGBT Business and Human Rights Forum and at the J’burg Pride. We received a fantastic feedback to our activities and presented the new approach of empowering lesbian & transgender women in Africa at the Forum. Our first project of Green Tart Designs was present at CALBiA stand with their wonderful products. Junie and Seja – a new entrepreneurs enjoyed the high interest and interaction with customers. They are our best ambassadors for new members and future applicants willing to partner with CALBiA Foundation.