Call for Proposals for Rainbow Advocacy in United States and Africa closing date 14 March 2021

Southern Africa Youth Project has published the Call for Proposals for Rainbow Advocacy in United States and Africa closing date 14 March 2021

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  • Eligible Country: United States 
  • Closing Date: 14 March 2021
  • Categories of Organisations: All organisations 
  • Opportunity Type: Call for proposal
  • Submit Application: Online
  • Inviting Company/Donor: RFSL
  • Website for Application and information:  Click Here 


With this situation in mind, RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer rights, has initiated the Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) with an aim to address some of the manifold gaps and challenges. The program is informed by the results of the pre-study, which included an online survey, desk research, and in-depth discussions with Global South and East LGBTIQ activists and other relevant actors.

Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) is a unique opportunity for underrepresented LGBTIQ activists from the Global South and East to learn, network, collaborate and gain hands-on experience in UN advocacy.

Each cycle of the program is divided into three phases: an intensive training coinciding with a UN advocacy forum, a follow-on advocacy project, and a final convening during another high-level advocacy forum. A mentorship component of the program will enable participants to have continuous access to expertise during the implementation period of the advocacy project.


The main objective of the program is twofold: strengthen advocacy capacity of LGBTIQ organizations from Global South and East and facilitate the participation of underrepresented groups in the international advocacy forums. In doing so, the program aims to:

  • Provide a learning-by-doing opportunity to activists
  • Share knowledge, information, resources, network, and contacts
  • Provide access to UN advocacy spaces
  • Sustain UN engagement in an informed, effective and safe manner
  • Secure more spaces for the civil society at UN forums
  • Create a pool of community experts to engage in international advocacy

Eligibility Criteria

The targeted participants of RAP 2021 – 2022 are LGBTIQ activists from countries in the Global South and East as listed by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Applicants who are from DAC listed countries but living/working in another country are also welcome. You are eligible to apply for the Rainbow Advocacy Program if you:

  • Are ready to commit to the full 13-months period of the program
  • Are from a country in Global South and East according to the list of Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
  • Self-identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • Have 1-3 years of advocacy experience, locally, nationally, regionally or internationally
  • Have basic knowledge about international human rights mechanisms
  • Belong to an LGBTIQ organization
  • Have a role in the organization which includes advocacy work
  • Your organization is working, or planning to work, with international advocacy as part of its strategy for the coming years
  • Can freely communicate in English, both in written and oral form
  • Priority will be given to underrepresented groups, especially women of color, trans, and intersex individuals from the regions.

For more information, visit RFSL.

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