Meeting with the Representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Finland Held in LGBT* Centre

In January, 2017 the project “Rainbow Rights – Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe” has started. The project is carried out by the Ministry of Justice of Finland in partnership with Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, the national umbrella NGO “Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland”, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. Therefore, on the 2nd of February, 2017 a short meeting with the Finish delegation in the LGBT* centre was held in order to discuss the project and introduce the visitors with LGL’s activities.

During the meeting, the project partners from the Ministry of Justice of Finland gave an insight of their journey to start a project related to LGBT* rights topic for their very first time. Participants of the meeting elaborated on how previously they implemented nearly 20 non-discrimination projects. “The idea was always there, but to make it possible you have to receive the support, both financially and not only” – stressed a representative of the Ministry of Justice of Finland.

Finnish LGBTI rights organisation SETA was also proactive in taking part in this kind of project and, therefore, contributed to the idea of current project “Rainbow Rights Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe”.

In response to initiators of the project, the representatives of LGL underlined why this project is important to Lithuania and that there is a need of co-operation with Scandinavian region on this issue. Subsequently, representatives of LGL gave a quick insight to LGL’s background,  LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania, absence of gender reassignment procedure and activities of the local LGBT* community.

Discussion not only strengthened mutual vision on the implementation of the project, but also signified a start of important partnership of Lithuanian and Finish human right defenders.

 

EK logoThe project “Rainbow Rights – Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe” is funded by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission.