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Young Leaders for Equality

This project was the response to Equitas and its partners’ need to create a social and political environment conducive to the respect for diversity and the protection and promotion of the rights of LGBTQI people in Haiti. This project ended in March 2023.

Discrimination, stigmatization, exclusion and violence against LGBTQI people are systemic and widespread in Haiti.

Individuals who identify as LGBTQI   experience abuse, sexual assault and rape, denial of employment and educational opportunities, expulsion from their families, and discrimination in access to social services and justice, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Young Leaders for Equality

Building on a history of projects promoting the human rights of LGBTQI groups in Haiti, the Young Leaders for Equality project, in partnership with Kouraj, aims to increase the engagement of local youth leaders, including LGBTQI youth, in community-based initiatives to promote human rights, and in particular the rights of LGBTQI people. Specifically, the project aims to build the capacity of youth human rights educators, including LGBTQI youth, to plan and implement community-based youth engagement initiatives, and to increase the level of collaboration among youth leaders from LGBTQI groups, civil society organizations, and state agencies to promote human rights, conflict resolution, social cohesion, and human rights.

In addition, the project strengthens the leadership of LGBTQI groups to mobilize youth, including LGBTI youth, to promote of human rights. This will then enables them to mobilize other community members, including local civil society organizations and state institutions, who are sensitive to the rights of all people and willing to participate in the promotion of the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality of rights. The project builds the capacity of LGBTQI groups to create and strengthen alliances with civil society organizations and state institutions to mobilize youth for human rights and promotes youth participation in the LGBTQI movement.

The main activities of the project

  • A national training on the human rights-based approach for 40 youth leaders from LGBTQI organizations, civil society organizations and state institutions. At the end of the training, the youth will jointly design action plans to lead community-based youth engagement initiatives in their communities. An opportunity to build their capacity to work together, putting learning into practice using the pedagogical tools designed in the framework of the project.
  • A national dialogue on the development and establishment of democracy through youth participation in the promotion of human rights, including the rights of LGBTQI people, conflict resolution and social cohesion. This national dialogue will bring together local youth leaders, key international and regional organizations and will be an opportunity to discuss the results of implemented projects as well as future strategies to advance youth engagement for the promotion of human rights in Haiti.
  • A multi-stakeholder forum on the role of youth within the LGBTQI movement and on best practices for ensuring the safe participation of LGBTQI youth within community spaces. This forum will aim to provide a space for reflection for LGBTQI leaders to discuss issues related to the LGBTQI movement in Haiti.
Jeunes Leaders pour l'egalité

Our partners

The Young Leaders for Equality program is implemented by Kouraj pou pwoteje dwa moun (Kouraj) and Equitas, and is co-funded by the European Union and the Ministère des relations internationales et de la Francophonie.



Elom Ezuho
Senior Program Officer, Equitas

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