Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide, are pleased to announce a partnership to support LGBT civil society partners around the world.
Working together, HRC Foundation and NDI will seek to help LGBT people grow their organizations, advocate for their rights, change hearts and minds, and inspire social change that acknowledges the equal dignity and rights of LGBT people around the world.
"Even as the momentum towards equality increases in the United States and worldwide, in many places LGBT people still live in constant fear of discrimination, persecution and violence,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. "We look forward to working closely with the National Democratic Institute in a partnership that will help to champion the fundamental human rights of LGBT people around the world."
"We share HRC's vision of a world where all citizens are equal members of society, and NDI is pleased to join this new partnership dedicated to supporting the political and social engagement of LGBT communities," said Shari Bryan, Vice President of NDI.
The situation for LGBT people around the world varies widely. As some countries embrace equality, in others, LGBT people continue to suffer from discrimination, persecution, and violence. Nineteen countries have full marriage equality, while in 10 countries same sex activity is punishable by death. There are hundreds of known cases of transgender people being brutally murdered in the past year – those figures are likely much higher.
Joint programs that NDI and HRC Foundation might undertake include working with LGBT leaders, activists and their allies, civil society organizations, political parties, elected officials, government agencies and parliaments to provide capacity building, leadership training, organizing to promote LGBT-inclusive practices, and designing and implementing visibility campaigns to counter bias, violence, exclusion and lack of awareness of LGBT communities, among others.
In 2013, HRC Foundation launched HRC Global, a new program to help strengthen the global equality movement. The program mobilizes HRC’s 1.5 million members and supporters on behalf of global equality campaigns; it joins with LGBT advocates and organizations abroad to support their work through partnerships and leadership development, it exposes the export of anti-LGBT ideas from the United States, and it works to build new allies on the global stage.
Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI works to advance LGBT political inclusion around the world by enhancing participation in electoral politics, strengthening organizing and activism, and increasing visibility and outreach.
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Posted on October 26, 2015