Hivos’ support for LGBT rights garners recognition in Bolivia

May 8, 2015

Hivos has received an award for its contribution to the fight for LGBT rights in Bolivia. Hivos received this award on 29 April 2015 during the Iguales ante la Ley” (Equal before the Law) Awards ceremony organized by Capacitiación y Derechos Ciudadanos, or Training and Citizen Rights (CDC in Spanish) in La Paz.

The purpose of this ceremony is to acknowledge the work of activists, collectives, state institutions, public officials and organizations working to improve the situation of LGBT people. Corina Straatsma, Head of Hivos’ regional office in South America, and Lorena Yáñez, Hivos Program Officer, received the award presented by CDC.

Hivos has been working around the world for over 20 years to support the efforts of LGBT movements to offset conservative trends threatening people’s attempts at sexual and gender emancipation. Through its “Human Rights and Democratization” program, Hivos is one of the most active organizations fighting for the rights of LGBT groups in developing countries.

Numerous initiatives promoting LGBT rights have emerged from the Hivos office in South America, such as the Latin American Meeting of representatives of LGBT Movements; the Calendar of Sexual and Gender Diversity and the painted body project undertaken by lesbian couples.

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