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Enhancing Nordic LGBT+ organisations capacities amidst an international backlash against LGBT+ rights 

A three-day-conference will be arranged in Oslo in May 2022, bringing together Nordic organisations that work to improve rights and living conditions for the LGBT+ population. 

The conference will also establish a permanent Nordic LGBT+ council consisting of small and large LGBT + organizations in the Nordic region. SETA, Samtökin ’78, RFSL, LGBT + Denmark and FRI have the main responsibility for the conference and will invite organizations from their respective countries and autonomous territories. 

The background for bringing the Nordic organizations together consists of several points, including the fact that ILGA Europe’s Rainbow Map for 2021 shows a standstill and a decline in rights for the LGBT+ population. No Nordic country is among the top three in the ranking. Lack of legal rights and poorer living conditions are several factors that play a role in this. 

The formalisation of a Nordic LGBT+ council and network will enable the exchange of experience and knowledge on how the effort can best be strengthened on a more permanent basis. 

Network gathering for experience exchange among queers in Sápmi 

Through the project, a network gathering for experience exchange and organizational development among queers in Sápmi will be organised. The goal is to strengthen the queer Sami organization and, in that way, creating more and better meeting places for the whole of Sápmi. In the long run, more meeting places and a stronger queer Sami organization will contribute to more openness and knowledge, both among queer Sami, but also among the general population. 

The network gathering will gather participants from the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian sides. Such a collection has two main purposes 

  • Gather queer communities across Sápmi, to exchange experiences and talk about the way forward for the queer Sámi organization, as well as to plan future meeting places 
  • Organizational development through getting to know the organizational processes from the various parts of Sápmi and skills development in practical-organizational work 

Feminist and queer solidarities beyond borders

This project aims to establish a cross-national network to develop analytic and strategical tools to combat inequalities on the rise in the Nordic region, Russia and Turkey.

This project has two goals:

1) to establish a cross-national and cross-professional network of academics and activists who work on women’s and LGBT-rights in three geographical contexts: the Nordic countries, Russia and Turkey;

2) to develop novel analytic and strategic tools to use in the struggle against gendered, sexualized, ethnicized and racialized inequalities that currently are on the rise in the Nordic region and beyond.

The project will deepen and nuance our understandings of the particularities that characterize the struggles for gender equality in various contexts. It will gather crucial insights into how activists and researchers in these variegated locations challenge anti-gender and homophobic policies in times of political backlash against democracy and the rise of the far-right. The results of this project will provide us with novel tools that are urgently needed in contemporary struggles against expressions of violence, hatred and inequalities in an increasingly transnational world.

Transforming Identities: Exploring changes, tensions and visions in the Nordic region through the prism of identity politics

Transforming Identities brought together scholars, activists, artists and authors to discuss current challenges to democratic participation and shifting understandings of diversity, minorities, and solidarity. At a time when minorities, broadly defined, are increasingly positioned as threats to majority rights and democratic values, the project explore how and to what ends minority mobilization challenges Nordic social and political landscapes – what’s at stake, why, and for whom?

In three workshops (in Stavanger, Gothenburg and Helsinki) the project explored the impulses for new understandings of equality and rights, solidarity, marginalization and democracy, in the context of the rise of rightwing activism, growing nationalism, local and global insecurities. The project aimed to facilitate collaborations and thinking across disciplines and platforms, expand understandings of how democratic participation transforms the social and the political, and to establish lasting avenues for debate, insights, and new research.

Updated 6 April 2022