The overall, and long term, goal of the Council of Europe LGBT project is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life among LGBT people in Europe. This will be achieved by supporting the governments in 5 to 10 partner member states in their efforts to develop a forceful, cross-sectoral LGBT policy, strengthening human rights for LGBT people, and supporting the national fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Recommendation (2010) 5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes the main framework for the project.
In line with this, and within the limits set by available funds1, the project aims to support a spectrum of measures and activities, according to the needs and priorities in each country.
The project, anchored to the Council of Europe, DG II Democracy, will focus on relevant measures and activities with a view of developing national strategies.
Its lenght is 28 months, running from September 2011 until the end of 2013.
1 The project is funded by volontary contribution from members states: at present, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway,Sweden, Switzerland, United-Kingdom.
The LGBT Issues Unit attends these roundtables as a member of the Informal Network of Focal Points and brings the Coordinators from our partner countries. It is generally the occasion to add a meeting between the LGBT Project and its Coordinators on the latest stage of our work together.
The UNHCR and the Council of Europe will organise a conference in Rome, Italy, to review the assessment of LGBT asylum claims. Participants from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have been invited.
24/7 Unicorn conference on LGBT diversity in the workplace and Sticks & Stones career fair
The Sticks & Stones career fair is an annual event where businesses encourage employment of LGBT people. The LGBT Project will attend this event and the related conference the day before. The Project has invited their project countries to send relevant persons as well, and is organising a ‘Meet & Great’ side event for guests from project countries and business representatives from the same countries.