LGBT Rights in Russia: Where Do We Go From Here?
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues,the Global Philanthropy Project, & IHRFG
RussiaÍs ban on the promotion of homosexuality to minors, signed into law last June, has had serious implications for the local LGBT community and may be credited with emboldening other regimes to pass similarly discriminatory legislation. The new law broadly defines promotion of homosexuality and, combined with legislation requiring non-governmental organizations to register as ñforeign agents,î threatens civil liberties, public health efforts, public safety, and human rights. What is the path forward for LGBT activism in Russia? This telebriefing will explore the nuances of supporting civil society and SOGI-inclusive human rights advocacy in Russia and other restrictive environments. Participants will:
- Gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of LGBT rights in Russia
- Discuss the role international and local grantmakers can play supporting civil society in Russia
- Explore successes, failures, and lessons-learned in funding SOGI-inclusive rights in Russia and other restrictive contexts
- Adrian Coman, International Human Rights Program Director, Arcus Foundation
- Gregory Czarnecki, LGBTI Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
- Julie Dorf, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality
Click here to register. This call is a part of the “Policy Telebriefing Series on Funding in Restrictive Contexts.” Telebriefings in the series explore the challenges to funding in specific countries as well as mitigating strategies that allow grantmakers to continue to work effectively in those contexts. Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Global Philanthropy Project, and IHRFG will hold a telebriefing on funding LGBTI rights in Uganda as part of this series on May 15. Click here for more details. This telebriefing is open only to grantmakers.