The 2022-23 Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) is now open as a unique training on SDGs and Human Rights mechanisms for LGBTIQ+ activists from Global South and East to learn, network, collaborate and gain hands-on experience in UN advocacy.
Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP), implemented with kind support of ILGA World and Sida, is a 13-month-long fellowship for LGBTIQ+ activists from Global South and East to affect change at home through UN advocacy.
The program is visionary as well as unique in its approach to combining both the human rights and the development frameworks, especially the Agenda 2030. Participants will gain hands-on advocacy experience by engaging with UN processes, learning from experts and peers, and by implementing an advocacy project in their constituencies.
With this situation in mind, RFSL (the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex rights), the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer rights, has initiated the Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) aiming to address some of the manifold gaps and challenges. The program is informed by the results of the pre-study, which included an online survey, desk research, and in-depth discussions with Global South and East LGBTIQ activists and other relevant actors.
The main objective of the program is twofold: strengthen the advocacy capacity of LGBTIQ organizations from Global South and East and facilitate the participation of underrepresented groups in the international advocacy forums. In doing so, the program aims to:
- Provide a learning-by-doing opportunity to activists
- Share knowledge, information, resources, network, and contacts
- Provide access to UN advocacy spaces
- Sustain UN engagement in an informed, effective and safe manner
- Secure more spaces for the civil society at UN forums
- Create a pool of community experts to engage in international advocacy
You are eligible to apply for the Rainbow Advocacy Program if you:
- Are ready to commit to the full 13-months period of the program;
- Are from a country in Global South and East according to the list of Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
- Self-identify as part of the LGBTQI community;
- Have 1-3 years of advocacy experience, locally, nationally, regionally, or internationally;
- Have basic knowledge about international human rights mechanisms;
- Belong to an LGBTIQ organization;
- Have a role in the organization which includes advocacy work;
- Your organization is working, or planning to work, with international advocacy as part of its strategy for the coming years;
- Can freely communicate in English, both in written and oral form.
In order for the Fellows to receive the certificate of completion, the following requirements are in place:
- Be available and actively engaged for the whole duration of the program;
- Participate in both the in-person trainings;
- Stay employed at/involved with the organization applied on behalf of;
- Implement the LOTS Project in cooperation with the organization;
- Submit LOTS project reports;
- Participate in the online sessions and webinars.
For more information, visit https://www.rfsl.se/en/organisation/international/rainbow-advocacy-program/