MRI secures €518.909 support from the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) to fight poverty and discrimination of LGBTI people in Brazil. In close partnership with ASTRA Rio, Grupo Arco Iris (GAI) and other local NGOs, MRI will facilitate work opportunities for low-income LGBTI people and support some of them in setting up their own small businesses.
Almir Franca, President of GAI, Rio de Janeiro, said: “Acknowledging the demands and needs of the LGBTI population in relation to employment opportunities, Grupo Arco-Iris looks forward to this project which, we believe, will further increase our dialogue with LGBTI people in Rio and improve their socio-economic inclusion and visibility.”
This project will also allow local LGBTI NGOs to partner with private businesses and employers willing to collaborate by offering trainings and capacity-building workshops on sexual orientation and gender identity issues to their employees which will make the job market more accessible to LGBTI people.
“This is the time to celebrate one of the most important moments for the low-income LGBT population in Rio. Access to credit, employability and other forms of self-support guarantee emancipation, empowerment and full citizenship, which are extremely necessary to fight homophobia in Brazil.”
Majorie Marchi, President of ASTRA, Rio de Janeiro.
Sebastian Rocca, Founder & CEO, MRI (London) said:
“According to a local NGO, Grupo Gay da Bahia, one LGBTI person is murdered every 26 hours in Brazil and most of the victims also appear to live in poverty. This is shocking to me. Brazil is far from being a tolerant, equal and inclusive society towards LGBTI people. This project will tackle social attitudes and change people’s lives. We are thrilled.”
For the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil: SHIS QI 07 – Bloco A – Lago Sul, Brasilia DF (Brasil), +55 61 21043122; DELEGATION-BRAZIL@eeas.europa.eu
This project is funded by the European Union.