ZMINA held the second advocacy training for LGBTQI+ communities and allies in Lviv

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On June 1, in Lviv, Human Rights Centre ZMINA held a training “Advocacy Campaign: How to be successful in the face of constant change” for the LGBTQI+ community and allies.

The event was attended by representatives of NGOs Insight, Cohort, Alliance.Global, Bilkis, Gender Creative Space, Medical Movement “Be Like Nina!”, and charitable foundations Impulse.UA and Rodina LG.

The one-day training was conducted by advocacy trainer Oleksandr Solontai, an expert at the Institute for Political Education and head of the NGO “Agency for Recovery and Development”.

During the training, the participants learned how to conduct advocacy campaigns, find like-minded people, build coalitions and communicate with opponents, and work with authorities at the local, regional and national levels. In the practical part, they developed an advocacy plan and presented it to the audience. The trainer paid special attention to the strategic thinking of the participants in their chosen field of activity.

It was the second training within the framework of the project “United for Democracy: Strengthening Inclusion in Ukraine”, implemented by Human Rights Centre ZMINA with the support of the international organisation Freedom House, and like the first one, it took place in Lviv. Thus, those who wanted to deepen their knowledge gained at the first training event had the opportunity to do so during the second training.

“It was a comprehensive one-day training programme on advocacy, both step-by-step and practical. The trainer, Oleksandr Solontai, has his own vast experience in the public sector, so all his theory is backed up by real-life examples, successful cases, and practical advice. Such training courses are a good way to strengthen the LGBTQI+ community, as well as their allies. So that they can professionally and effectively protect their interests and become more visible and stronger”, said Iryna Yuzyk, a project manager at Human Rights Centre ZMINA.