With the 'Promoting Inclusion and Combating Inequalities' project, we focus on LGBTIQ+ movements in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Macedonia. Our aim there is to increase knowledge within social democratic parties in the Western Balkans about problems faced by minorities in society. We want to build the capacity of these parties by promoting inclusion and countering inequalities.
The role of LGBTIQ+ movements in the Western Balkans has increased. They play an active role in the public debate on equality and inclusion. However, LGBTIQ+ people are still targeted by homophobia and transphobia, which affects inclusion processes in the Western Balkans.
Moreover, Roma communities, although a sizeable group, are often not sufficiently involved in policy-making, which also affects integration processes in the Western Balkans.
With this project, we seek to raise knowledge and awareness through trainings in collaboration with partner organisations focused on the history of LGBTIQ+ movements in the region, human and minority rights, and the importance of these rights in social democratic ideals. In doing so, we bring together policymakers, activists and changemakers to bring about change!
Here is the first podcast in the series "LGBTI Rights in the Balkans"! Our first guest is Aleksander Savić From the organisation "Da se zna". Da se zna is an association of citizens, founded in 2016, with a focus on identifying illegal treatment of LGBTIQ+ people in Serbia. Aleksander has been an activist since 2010 and is one of the founders of Da se zna.
Here is the second podcast in the series "LGBTI Rights in the Balkans"! Our second guest is Natalija Simović from the organisation "Ne da(vi)mo Beograd". Ne da(vi)mo Beograd is a local political movement grown out of a series of mass protests against cultural destruction. They are focused on working for the protection and improvement of living and working conditions of all citizens in Serbia.
Here is the third podcast in the series "LGBTI Rights in the Balkans"! Our third guest is Belmin Zukan, the chairman of the city organisation Social Democratic Party BiH of Visoko. Since March 2018, he has been a member of the Social Democratic Party of BiH. Currently, he is also a member of the SDP BiH ZDK cantonal board and the presidency of the KO SDP BiH ZDK.
Here is the fourth podcast in the series "LGBTI Rights in the Balkans"! Our fourth guest is Danijel Kalezić, president of the Board of Queer Montenegro and member of the LGBTI ERA Steering Board. ERA - LGBTI Equal Rights Association - is a regional association of LGBTIQ+ organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Queer Montenegro is an NGO working to improve LGBTIQ+ rights in Montenegro.
Here is the fifth and final podcast in the series "LGBTI Rights in the Balkans"! Our fifth guest is Dajana Bakić, member of the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina and President of Rainbow Rose. She is one of the organisers of the first Pride in her country. Rainbow Rose is part of the Party of European Socialists . It is a network that brings together people from socialist, labour and social democratic parties in Europe to work to promote LGBTI rights and counter discrimination.
We are doing this project in collaboration with: