Equality and Non-discrimination

SWV’s work is two-tiered: 1) to raise awareness of discrimination and its visibility and 2) to raise the capacities of both victims and state actors to fight discrimination. Moreover, SWV empowers women victims of discrimination, and watchdog the duty bearers to implement their international and national obligations.
SWV is a founding member of the Anti-discrimination Coalition, which is a coalition of various CSOs established in 2015.
SWV has incorporated into its activities efforts on combating discrimination against LGBTI persons in Armenia. SWV, seeks to overcome homophobia/biphobia/transphobia through public awareness raising, positive media visibility, and promoting human rights.

Society Without Violence NGO (SWV), within the context of the “Solidarity Network for LGTBI in Armenia and Georgia” EU-funded project, conducted two trainings named: “Capacity Building Training on Anti-discrimination and SOGI Issues.” 

The two capacity building trainings took place in Aghveran; the first in September, and the second in October. The SWV team prepared a comprehensive training module and the materials required to conduct both trainings. The trainers used a participatory learning methodology, which put an emphasis and value on the experience of the learner/participant, provided space for mutual learning and promoted a human rights approach in response to challenges regarding human rights abuses. The topics covered in the training included: sex, gender, sexual orientation; stereotypes, stigma, and discrimination; the situation of LGBTI people in Armenia (discrimination, physical and psychological violence, study results, specific cases); state response and societal homophobia (legislation, societal attitudes, and hate speech); internalized homophobia.  The main aim of the training was both to increase the knowledge of CSO/NGO representatives about gender and LGBTI issues in Armenia, and to encourage them to apply their gained knowledge in the context of their respective organization’s work. In total, 17 people participated in both trainings. The participants were selected from various CSOs and NGOs working on women’s rights and gender issues, organizations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and organizations working on minority and vulnerable groups’ issues in different regions of Armenia. During the training, the participants were fully engaged in discussions and debates, and they contributed to the richness of the training, with their own views and experiences. Some participants were more informed than others about the Gender and LGBTI issues. This did not stop or hinder the effective participation of all in the discussions. 

Society Without Violence
Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia
Micro Grants Competition 
Call for Applications

Society Without Violence (SWV), in cooperation with the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boll Foundation, is announcing a Call for Project Proposals for a micro grants component. The micro grants scheme will be open to all applicants and preference will be given to the participants of capacity building trainings for LGBTI organisations, activists and initiative groups that were conducted within the framework of the aforementioned project. 

The topics of the proposed micro grants projects must focus on the development and promotion of different types of visibility products that will contribute to increasing the positive visibility of LGBTI issues in the two countries. Moreover, proposals should not include the production of printed information material, such as pamphlets, leaflets and brochures. Activities envisioned by the proposed projects may be of a one-time or a continuous nature.

The awarded parties will be responsible for creating visibility products proposed in relevant applications/media and at the same time placement/promotion of the visibility products, especially in social media, if relevant.  
The competition results will be announced in March 2017 and the final narrative and financial project reports should be submitted by 30 June 2017. Each project budget should not exceed EUR 2,000. 

The proposals will be evaluated based on innovative ideas, positive approach to the issue, cost-efficiency, accuracy and clarity of the project description, etc.

Project proposals should be submitted using the predefined application form and include the following:
•    A detailed project description, including clearly indicated target groups, results and activities
•    A detailed budget breakdown (submitted in EUR as a separate Excel file)
•    Information on the applicants and CVs of the project team

The project proposals should be either submitted in English entirely or in the local language and include a brief summary in English.

Applications that do not meet the above criteria, or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Please, submit your applications to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for submission of small grants project proposals is Tuesday, March 13.

The micro grants competition is announced within the EU-funded action Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia (2015-2017).


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