Strengthening LGBTQI+’s Voice in Politics – VoiceIt
VoiceIt aims at increasing the participation and the direct involvement of LGBTQI+ individuals in the political decision making.
Grant Agreement Number: 849107
Funded by: REC Duration: 09/2019-10/2021
The EU plays a leading role in promoting the rights of LGBTIQ+ people, but those are not equally ensured across all member states, with politics to be a ground that discrimination still exists. (FRA – Fundamental Rights Agency: European Union LGBT Survey, 2013).
According to International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, in order for democratic governance to be sustainable, all people should participate in political processes and represent their views, values, interests and concerns, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, group, culture and ethnic or religious background.
LGBTQI+ individuals have a right to vote in elections, be elected to government office, serve on boards, and voice their opinion in any process that will ultimately affect them. However, in the EU, direct political participation of LGBTQI+ individuals who have come out about their sexual orientation of gender identity, is still limited. Since 1989, there have been only 9 members in the European parliament who were openly LGBT during their service (not coming out following retirement/after death), indicating an uneven representation of the community in European politics.
The political representation and participation of the LGBTQI+ community is essential for the promotion of not only LGBTQI+ rights and policies but also for the establishment of global equality.
By involving all institutions (elected officials, LGBTQI+, politics and government representatives) in the decision-making process regarding LGBTI+ rights and individuals motivated to participate in the political discourse, VoiceIt aims at increasing the participation and the direct involvement of LGBTQI+ individuals in the political decision making.
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