ReLAP II is a continuation of the regional project regarding LGBTI lobbying, advocacy, and public policy, ReLAP I. The aim of this project is to produce a professional Manual on how to document cases of violence and discrimination, to include national frameworks of ex-YU region and EU, CoE, and UN mechanisms, instruments and standards. Objective of ReLAP II is strengthen, inform and educated LGBTIQ organizations regarding successful lobbing, advocating, and public policy making within national legal systems deemed necessary to implement all human rights of LGBTIQ persons secured by international standards, including, but not being limited to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and (inter)sex characteristics.
ReLAP II is supported by the Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.
Regional Lobby, Advocacy and Policy (ReLAP) Project I
ReLAP I was the very first regional project of the SEE Q Network involving regional coordination and policy objectives. The aim of this project was to professionally train and educate LGBTIQ activists and to strengthen and expend the SEE Q Network in order to successfully lobby and advocate policy changes within national and international legal systems deemed necessary to implement all human rights of LGBTIQ persons secured by international standards, including, but not being limited to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and (inter)sex characteristics.
ReLAP I was carried out and implemented by the Centre for Civil and Human Rights (Macedonia), as well as following organizations: Gayten LGBT (Serbia and Montenegro), Organization Q (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Kontra (Croatia), Iskorak (Croatia), and Women's Room (Croatia).
Three training courses on lobbying, advocacy and public policy were organized.
ReLAP I was jointly funded by the Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and the Open Society Institute.
ReLAP I was launched in December, 2004, and stopped in July, 2005, after the SEE Q Board conducted extensive evaluations and the SEE Q Network decided that revision and restructuring is needed in order for the project to continue and be successful.
SEE Q Networking
The Rausing Fundation funds the SEE Q Network during year 2005/06 in order to organize and coordinate regular meetings, providing the Network with an opportunity to work on joint projects, ideas and networking.
Three meetings were organized under this Grant. The fourth one is scheduled to take place in Opatija, Croatia, in early April.
Mama Cash supported the SEE Q Network in enabling it to provide three queer activists from the SEE Q Network with a valuable opportunity to attend and participate in the annual ILGA-Europe meeting taking place in October of 2005 in Paris, France.
Three activists from Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro were selected to receive the Mama Cash scholarship. Only two attended the ILGA-Europe Conference.