Normally Different - Project Kick Off
Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia
(Twinning project funded by the EU and managed by the EU office in Prishtina)
Today, in the Kosovo government premises, in the presence of the Senior representatives of EU office in Prishtina, Minister Vlora Çitaku, D\Minister Petrit Selimi, Finnish Ambassador Anne Meskanen and many other esteemed guests, the Office of Good Governance of Kosovo Government, Ludvig Boltzmman institute of Austria and the National Institute of Health and Welfare of Finland, following a meeting marking the May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, officially launched and presented the ´Fight Against Homophobia and Transphobia´ twining project.
The overall objective of the forenamed project is to assist Kosovo authorities, namely, the Police, Judiciary, School Teachers and Media through training that will enable the latter to provide services conducive for equal treatment of all the LGBT community members. With the close collaboration of Office of Good Governance, local NGOs, embassies of Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden and other interested parties, the project will seek to identify legislative and policy gaps, raise the awareness on the LGBT issues and it will offer legal and psychological counselling structure and networking opportunities. The project will employ handpicked short term experts with extensive twining experience and vast knowledge on European anti-discrimination and equal treatment legislation and policies, and shall conduct the training of trainers and provide valuable recommendations and handbooks that will further advance the equal treatment. All these endeavors will be carried out in close cooperation with all the stakeholders and shall be designed for further use by the beneficiary country.
The aforementioned Advisory and Coordination Group, consisting of a wide specter of local and international stakeholders, shall coordinate all the activities undertaken by the project. The project, inter alia, focuses on enhancing the cooperation between the public sector and civil society, on reducing inequalities, prevention of social exclusion.