LAGABLAB (“Burst of Flame” in Tagalog), the Philippine’s first LGBTI group dedicated to policy change, has worked on and off for nearly two decades to advance policies that protect LGBTI Filipinos. And one of their biggest wins for the community is in the making.
Courage. Resilience. Determination. Tenacity. Grit. Whatever you choose to call it, the qualities that compelled Wai Wai Nu to take the tragic denial of her rights – and subsequent imprisonment during what should have been her university years – and turn that experience into a force for good is nothing short of extraordinary. In […]
In addition to unthinkable violence, LGBTI people around the world often face discrimination when it comes to accessing employment, housing and health care, not to mention rejection from their families and religious communities. Over several days, I spent time with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists from around the world at the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) meeting in Bangkok. Time and again, activists for LGBTI rights have shown themselves to be remarkably resilient, weathering attacks and backlash because the stakes are higher without this fight.
When I asked Min Min, the Executive Director of Olive Branch, how he would describe his work, he said “We help local people to help themselves in defending and claiming their fundamental rights and freedoms…our ultimate goal is that local people take an active role in defending and promoting their own rights.”
Thailand is well known for its vibrant and culturally rich LGBTI community—but for many transgender folks like Note, abuse and discrimination can seem like rites of passage. Note boldly came out to her family as transgender at a young age and was met with fierce rejection and misunderstanding. Like many trans youth in Thailand, Note […]
For over a decade, our grants have sustained human rights movements in unforgiving contexts around the world. Earlier this week the board of the Fund for Global Human Rights approved more than $2.5 million in grants and technical assistance to 128 organizations in our Latin America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia programs. We asked our […]
Among the many consequences of Thailand's 2014 coup has been a growing crackdown on dissent. Even before the coup, civil society had been facing increasing restrictions by the Thai government, including censorship, surveillance, and attacks on their digital rights and internet freedoms.
The Fund’s Program Director Amy Morris and Program Officer for Southeast Asia Hoa Duong recently traveled to Burma, where the Fund began its grants program in 2012. We sat down with Amy and Hoa to hear about their trip and ask how Burma and the program have changed in two years. Q: Amy, this was […]
The Fund supports over thirty organizations through its Southeast Asia program in Burma, the Philippines, and Thailand. Our approach to grant-making—providing flexible support and the freedom to use it as needed—has been critical to human rights organizations in these counties who have responded with innovation and urgency to changing realities on the ground. Burma, the […]