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IGLHRC: International LGBTI Activist Institutes

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Activist Institutes are two-week-long training spaces and are each attended by 20-25 LGBTI activists. IGLHRC has held five international LGBTI activist institutes since 2005.

The theme of each Institute is chosen by activists who have attended the trainings, focusing on particular groups or challenges and considering the needs of a community.

Below, find the Memoirs of the past three Institutes, detailing their programmes and methods. They also share activists' experiences and the information presented at each Institute, so that the Memoirs can be adapted or used by other activists and groups.

IGLHRC will soon make each of these reports available in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Memoirs of Past Institutes:

Memoir of Training Institute for Trans and Intersex Activists
La Falda, Cordoba, Argentine – 2005
Spanish · English · Portuguese

Memoir of Training Institute for Lesbian and Bisexual Women from Central American and Caribbean

San Jose de Costa Rica – 2007
Spanish · English · Portuguese

Memoir of Training Institute "Strategies to Address Religious Fundamentalisms"

Guarulhos, Sao Paulo – 2008
Spanish · English · Portugese

This video contains images from IGLHRC's 2008 Latin American Advocacy Institute on combating religious fundamentalisms.

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CREA: Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Training

An Online Course for Practitioners and Activists in Human Rights, Public Health and Development Organizations and Movements

Applications are due December 18, 2009
Download brochure(PDF), brochure(DOC) and application form

February 1 – April 1, 2010 (9 weeks, 5 hours per week)

The Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Training provides a study of theory and
practice for people working in fields such as development, health and rights, including disability and sexuality.  The aim is to develop awareness of issues of disability and sexuality and a political perspective on disabled people’s sexual rights.  Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further health and rights.

Why take this course?

• Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their
sexuality by health, development and rights organizations because they are not
considered sexual or they are thought to be vulnerable or uncontrolled sexually.
• Disability rights activists and service providers often disregard sexuality issues and rights in favor of issues considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.
• However, sexuality is an important part of life, identity, society and culture for all
people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain,
empowerment and oppression. It cannot be ignored.

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