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Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) 2021 – 2022: Call for Applications

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 4, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on March 13, 2021
Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) logo
Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) logo

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.

The program is visionary as well as unique in its approach to combining both the human rights and the development frameworks, especially the Agenda 2030.

Participants will gain hands-on advocacy experience by engaging with UN processes, learning from experts and peers, and by implementing an advocacy project in their constituencies.

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.

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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.

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:
1. Are ready to commit to the full 13-months period of the program;
2. Are from a country in Global South and East according to the list of Development Assistance Committee (DAC);
3. Self-identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community;
4, Have 1-3 years of advocacy experience, locally, nationally, regionally or internationally;
5. Have basic knowledge about international human rights mechanisms;
6. Belong to an LGBTIQ organization;
7. Have a role in the organization which includes advocacy work;
8. Your organization is working, or planning to work, with international advocacy as part of its strategy for the coming years;
9. 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.

Deadline to apply: March 14, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 04
Mar 04

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse and this website!

Jill Langhus
Mar 05
Mar 05

Sounds great! Thanks, Ana!