The project Adelante con la Diversidad II (Forward with Diversity II) harnesses social, political and legal forces to effectively protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people and their defenders in the Andean Region by guaranteeing comprehensive security, access to justice and the right to non-discrimination for LGBTIQ+ human rights defenders (HRDs).

Why we target the Andean Region

The Andean Region, made up of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, is currently experiencing a rise of actors with social and political influence whose rhetoric threatens progress made in human rights and puts LGBTIQ+ people at great risk. Among them, fundamentalist religious leaders and nationalist and conservative politicians stand out. Their praise of traditional religious values and rejection of sexual diversity and gender equality can lead to LGBTIQ+ people being violated and murdered because of their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and/or sexual characteristics.

How we move diversity forward

The project’s methodology is based on co-creation and collaborative work between different groups to develop solutions using multiple disciplines and dissent. The project’s main focal points are:

  • Training for transformation
  • Multi-level participation and advocacy
  • Information for protection
  • Voices in favor of human rights

For this, the project aims to:

  1. Strengthen the capacities of organizations at all levels to provide comprehensive preventive security (physical, emotional and digital) for the target LGBTIQ+ organizations and people.
  2. Promote political and institutional advocacy strategies to guarantee greater security, protection and non-discrimination od HRDs including strategic litigation to demand human rights and combat impunity.
  3. Encourage the co-creation of innovative narratives with a human rights approach that are more effective at curbing anti-rights rhetoric.


Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Perú


In the four countries in the Andean Region, we established a unique school for political training. The EMPODERA school has so far trained 420 LGBTIQ+ leaders in advocacy, security and spokespersonship.

Their leadership led to a huge victory when the Andean Parliament approved Recommendation No. 439. This historic ruling called on Andean member states to protect the human rights of LGBTIQ+ people. More than 40 other pro-LGBTIQ+ policies, programs and legal rulings were additionally approved by the member states. Some examples:


  • A ruling by the Constitutional Court in Bolivia protects trans people from arbitrary arrest by the police.
  • The Constitutional Court of Colombia recognized that systematic discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people exists.
  • Ecuador has appointed an official to craft government policy that ends violence based on sexual diversity.
  • In Peru, trans people are now allowed to vote.


February 2020 to January 2023 (with financial and strategic support of The European Union)
February 2023 to December 2023 (with financial support of the Dutch public)