LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Capacity Building Seminar on LGBTQ activism and Intersex

IGLYO and ILGA-Europe are happy to invite you to participate in a capacity building seminar on LGBTQ activism and intersex.

The seminar will increase your knowledge and skills to address human rights violations faced by intersex people, and how to best reach out and work with them. This call is particularly aimed at activists from member organisations with lesser experience in this area who would like to start exploring it. At the same time, IGLYO and ILGA-Europe would like to also welcome one or two activists coming from organisations with more experience in working on the human rights of intersex people, as we believe in the value of peer learning.

Please find more information below about the seminar.

The seminar will provide participants with diverse knowledge, skills and attitudes to build alliances with intersex people and organisations, and develop initiatives that support them more effectively. The seminar is co-funded by the Progress Programme of the European Union, the Council of Europe European Youth Foundation, and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.


The objectives of the seminar are to:

  • Increase the knowledge and sensitivity of participants to specific aspects of intersex people life experiences and human rights violations they are facing
  • Increase the capacity of participants (and organisations they represent) to reach out to intersex activists and build alliances with them, and to better respond to the various needs of intersex people and support them
  • Ensure that the needs and rights of intersex people are integrated into LGBTQI services, campaigning and advocacy

These topics will be tailored to best fit the needs of successful applicants. Please take time to provide all relevant information in the Application Form. Your input will help us design a seminar that meets your needs.


The event will take place in Berlin, Germany, from Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July. Participants are expected to arrive on Friday before 18.00, as we will start the seminar in the evening. The participants will depart on Sunday from 15.00 after the conclusion of the seminar.


All accommodation and food will be provided by IGLYO and ILGA-Europe. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Participants are expected to search for the cheapest form of transport available due to limited funding. Reimbursement will take place by bank transfer after the seminar.


The ideal participant must:

  • come from a European Union member state
  • be able to work fluently in English
  • be able to attend for the full duration of the seminar
  • be able to act as multipliers within their own organisation or community
  • play an active role within their organisation, specifically in the planning and development of strategies (board) or main activities and projects (staff, head volunteer)
  • come from an organisation with little or no experience in working on intersex issues

The seminar will be conducted in English with no translation. You do not need to have a perfect level of English, however it is a requirement that you are able to communicate effectively in English.

Up to 18 participants will be selected on the basis of the perceived needs of their organisation. Only people representing an IGLYO/ILGA-Europe full member organisation can apply.

If you would like to participate, please apply by filling the Application Form online. The Application Form is also designed to give us information about what your learning needs are so please answer as fully as you can. You can find the form here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or by phone at +32 495 233 763.

!!! Deadline for applications: 1 June 2015!!!

 ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. With 422 national and local lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) member organisations in 45 European countries.  ILGA-Europe works for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people at European level. ILGA-Europe enjoys consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), participative status at the Council of Europe and receives funding from public and private donors. ILGA-Europe was established as a separate region of ILGA World in 1996. To find out more, click here.

IGLYO is an international umbrella organisation that aims to empower and enable its members to ensure representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and student issues. Run by young people and for young people, IGLYO’s approach promotes cooperation and joint strategies, and often advocates on behalf of Members to international bodies, institutions and other organisations. To find out more about our vision, mission and aims, click here.