Activities

1) Creation of new accessible knowledge products (toolkits, research, and media) that strengthen local advocacy grounded in Caribbean theories, praxis, evidence, and analysis through the Online Knowledge E-Portal, which features outputs of the project: portal.caribbeansexualties.org.

2) Completed GBV Training for a diverse group of 15 men to champion a new culture of gender equality and non-violence in their different communities, which facilitated media creation of scripted messages and the #PullUpYuhBredren Campaign through Five Video PSAs – Men Speak Up! Champions Against GBV – shared widely across social media with thousands of views.

4) Supported Four GBV Community Actions (led by men who participated in or facilitated the GBV training) utilised the #PullUpYuhBredren campaign and a peer to peer training pedagogy. Each action included 10-20 persons and therefore the actions’ impact extends to over 50 persons.

5) Trained 46 teachers and guidance counsellors in two cycles of teacher training workshops; Developed the “Safer Schools Teacher Training” toolkit and facilitator guide focused on preventing the culture of bullying of young people related to sex and gender.

6) Provided support for over 10 families and guardians of LGBTQI youth and 10 LGBTQI persons through Stronger Families group and individual therapy.

7) Completed a National Survey of Bullying and Gender Based Violence of 40 secondary schools (38 in Trinidad and 2 in Tobago) with an average of 60 students per school that followed the two cycles of teacher training workshops. The total of secondary students surveyed is over 2,285 students. Data analysis and report in progress.

8) Collected 18 Lifestories of working-class LGBTIQ people that offer reflections on experiences with family, support systems and violence, as well as a needs assessment and ideas for social change and transformation. These Lifestories are the first research of its kind and directly impacts the project’s output of policy development and recommendations towards legislative action as well as the development of the police training toolkit. Publications in progress.

9) Campaigned for legal protection for LGBTI persons from unjust discrimination through the ongoing “Add All Three to the EOA” (a public awareness and legislative campaign to expand protections in the Equal Opportunity Act on the basis of Age, Health Conditions, and LGBTI Status). The campaign includes four Radio Ads, first wave on four stations (61 rotations over 3 weeks), plus an Animation Video launched across social media (on Facebook over 40 thousand views) that features prominent public voices as Champions of Add All Three campaign. Two more waves of the radio ads are planned.

10) Developed the 2020 Alliance for Justice and Diversity LGBTIQ Agenda – 13 Policy Actions, which were co-created based on research from this project and experiences/work of the AJD partners, and finalised through community forums. Completed desk review of legislative and policy-related advocacy by LGBTI organisations in the past 5 years. Supporting research and materials on how to engage national decision makers in progress and will be made available to community members.

11) Organised and Facilitated the “Transforming Each Other’s Advocacy” Action-Learning Course with 22 participants and 7 facilitators representing 18 organisations/coalitions from a wide spectrum of civil society working on human rights, social justice, governance and development. This was a 6-month action learning course held from October 2019 to March 2020 in collaboration with UNAIDS Caribbean, Lloyd Best Institute, and two other EU-funded projects (Veni Awpan – CSOs for Good Governance; Cropper Foundation – CSOs for Good Environmental Governance). The course included five day-long sessions (with specialized workshops on Governance and Mobilisation, and Communication and Advocacy Capacity Building), as well as mentorship coaching and collaborative decision-making on funding and support for several action campaigns. The action campaigns were co-created through the course but led by the chosen organisation/coalition and meant to be completed by March 2020, along with the final event for the course, but all had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Three Action Campaigns (micro-finance) Completed:

  • “Radio Ads – DV Act Amendments” – June 2020 (led by Alliance for State Action against GBV)
  • “Support Group for Advocates” – 12 sessions over 6 months facilitated by clinical psychologist (group included TEOA Facilitators and Participants): Group One started as in-person then switched to virtual meetings with 8 participants (Dec 2019 – June 2020) | Group Two had all virtual meetings with 8 participants (March to September 2020).
  • “Thrive Together – Refugee Rights Campaign” for 16 Days of Activism Against GBV – intersectional action on social media led by WOMANTRA (25 Nov to 10 Dec 2020).