Wat is CHanGE?

CHanGE (Campaign for sexual Health & Gender Equality) is een project van UCOS over gendergelijkheid en seksuele en reproductieve gezondheid en rechten (SRGR).

Samen met studenten en onze partners versterken we in Vlaanderen het draagvlak voor de mondiale strijd voor gendergelijkheid en rechtvaardige toegang tot SRGR. Zo dragen we ons steentje bij aan een slagkrachtige internationale beweging.

De focus van de CHanGE-campagne 2019 ligt op verhalen van activisten en organisaties die strijden voor SRGR in vluchtelingencontexten. Deze zomer trekt onze nieuwe lichting CHanGEmakers in drie teams naar Libanon, Marokko en Oeganda.

Ondertussen hebben de studenten al drie voorbereidingsweekends achter de rug waarin ze kennis maakten met project CHanGE, meer te weten kwamen over hun partnerlanden, zich verdiepten in het voeren van campagnes en bijleerden over interviewtechnieken en het vergroten van hun impact via sociale media. De weekends werden nóg boeiender met een quiz, allerlei teambuilding activiteiten en een bezoek aan een forumtheater van het Intercultureel Vrouwencentrum in Antwerpen.

Wil je meer te weten komen over het CHanGE 2019 campagnethema? Neem dan zeker een kijkje op onze CHanGE 2019 webpagina hieronder.

Campagne 2019

Tijdens drie intensieve voorbereidingsweekends werd onze nieuwe lichting CHanGEmakers klaargestoomd om deze zomer in drie teams naar Libanon, Marokko en Oeganda te trekken. Ze spitsen hun oren en trekken hun ogen wijd open om zich te laten inspireren door moedige individuen en krachtige bewegingen die zich inzetten voor gendergelijkheid en seksuele en reproductieve gezondheid en rechten (SRGR).

De complexe verhalen die ze te horen krijgen belichten ze in het najaar van 2019 tijdens hun campagne die ze volledig zelf ineen puzzelen en opzetten. Wil je op de hoogte blijven van de CHanGE-campagne? Volg onze CHanGEmakers dan op de voet via Facebook of Instagram!

CHANGE PROJECT IN OEGANDA

CHanGE kijkt verder dan de Belgische grenzen. Niet alleen leren we van partnerorganisaties in het Zuiden en inspireren ze onze campagnes, we gaan ook actief met hen aan de slag. Zo werken we van 2019 tot en met 2021 met het Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF) samen aan de wereldwijde strijd van gendergelijkheid en seksuele en reproductieve gezondheid en rechten (SRGR) voor en door jongeren.

UYAHF legt met 20 jongeren – waarvan enkelen afkomstig zijn uit een vluchtelingkamp of gastgemeenschap – een traject af waarin ze worden opgeleid tot Youth Advocacy Change Champions. Met de juiste kennis en competenties gaan ze op pad als rolmodel in hun gemeenschap. De stemmen van deze jongeren worden hardgemaakt waardoor de Youth Advocacy Champions onder andere het mandaat krijgen om hun gemeenschap te vertegenwoordigen bij de districtoverheid.

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🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦Morocco is a country of many contradictions. The last decades it has become a transition country for many refugees and immigrants coming from different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa as well as countries of the Middle East which are currently war-zones.
It goes without saying that this mass of immigration has forced the Moroccan society to encounter different set of moral and social values. Even the King Mohammed VI launched a regularization campaign in 2013 ofor all African immigrants residing unauthorized in Morocco. This was a strong message send to the many immigrants trying to survive and work in Morocco. 
Despite the regularization, the Subsaharan community is still threatened by racial discrimination, harassement and gender related violence in the streets. Subsaharan women are often the target of violence in their workplace. The Migrant LGBTQ+ community 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈is very much still underground and is at risk to constantly being thrown out of their houses,  attacked and raped by men on the streets, which make them one of the most socially vulnerable groups in Morocco. 
Nevertheless the Subsaharan community is a resilient community, with many creative ideas💡 to sustain themselves and be independent💪🏽 in a country that is not always making it easy for them. It is those resilient and never stopping activists that we will put the spotlight on the coming days.
“We are running away from one unsafe space to another. Only to get the chance to live - and maybe… love.”
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Many LGBT+ people seek refuge in Lebanon, because of the country’s reputation as a safe haven within the Arab world. Yet, due their double minority status, queer refugees in Lebanon face incredible hardship. In order to avoid getting deported and to meet their most basic needs (such as food or housing) they are forced to work. While, due to unchecked discrimination, they are also constantly at risk of getting fired or not getting paid and have no legal protection whatsoever.⁣
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Since its founding in 2004, Helem, the first ever LGBT+ organization in the Arab world, has put great effort into providing a safe, warm and welcoming community space for all queer people in Lebanon, regardless of their nationality. 🏳️‍🌈🌍 Moreover, through their hotline, which receives more than 200 calls per month, Helem stays prepared to assist all queer people in need. ☎️ ⁣
Their work is truly heroic. Find out more about them at: ⁣@helemlebanon
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“As intolerance stems from ignorance, our weapon is science.” 🔬⁣
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We had the privilege to meet Souad, who works with @lebmashorg to eradicate discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the medical field. By providing trainings for healthcare professionals, organizing student workshops and stimulating research, LebMASH successfully attacks the widespread conviction that homosexuality is a disease. 👊⁣
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“Medical doctors hold the highest forms of credibility from the public. For this reason, once doctors break the bonds that still hold personal beliefs and science together, the public will do the same.” For Souad, this is the most important step towards equality: “Instead of fighting for rights, LebMASH tackles the root problem: we change minds.” 💭
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“Part of my work is not being silent about who I am. That’s why I have been unapologetically out as queer and been expressing more my non-binary identity for three years now.” 🏳️‍🌈⁣
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Jonathan (@jonatthan_x) is a 25-year old LGBTQ+ activist, who believes strongly in the power of advocacy, whether personally or collectively. “Beyond the work with local and international LGBTQ+ NGO’s, I think the main actors in activism are the individuals that walk confidently through the streets, with the expression they feel comfortable with, defying all social binaries and norms, and knowing that they are putting themselves at risk! Their bravery is what creates the opportunities to wonders, which in turn may lead to questions,  dialogue and mutual understanding.” 🤝⁣
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He believes that the lack of dialogue is one of the major problems for the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights. “Instead of taking questions personally, we should try to understand where they come from. The only way to prevent them is to answer them.” 🗣 .
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As the first openly gay LGBTQ-activist in the region, Georges Azzi (@gazzilb) is a key activist in the Lebanese and Arab world. 💪⁣
“Once you are caught by the media, you have a voice. There is no way back”⁣
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Georges is the founder of both @helemlebanon and the Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality (@afemena). Both organizations aim at “creating a positive answer to homosexuality in the Arab world” 🏳️‍🌈⁣
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The ongoing violations of the rights of LGBT+ people and the extreme counterreactions against his work are proof that Georges’ work is indispensable and of a priceless value. ⁣
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“Invisibility is the essence of our oppression and it is only through visibility one can deconstruct myths and prejudice.” .
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We present to you: the unconquerable Hadi Damien. Since 2017, he has been the driving motor behind Beirut Pride, an annual event aimed at increasing the visibility of the LGBTQI+ community in Lebanon. As the first pride-event in the entire Arab world and in a country where homosexuality is still criminalized by law, all eyes are on him. While the first edition drew 4,000 participants, the second edition was suspended: in May 2018, homophobes fabricated a fake program that they attributed to Beirut Pride and sent to the police. This led to a crackdown on the events of Beirut Pride, to the arrest of Hadi, and to the initiation of criminal proceedings against him for organizing events that “incite to debauchery”. .
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Nevertheless, Hadi remains self-assured and is now working full speed ahead towards the 2019 edition of Beirut Pride. Go follow this important project at @beirutpride .
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Picture: Gijs Van Dyck
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