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Utunzi

  • Utunzi

    Aim

    To increase safety and security awareness and practices amongst LGBTI+ communities.

    Where

    Kenya

    Why

    Homosexuality is largely considered to be taboo and repugnant to cultural values and morality in East Africa region. The state punishes same-sex sexual acts as crimes. Despite this, various organizations in the region are working to protect and improve LGBTI+ rights. However, LGBTI+ persons continue to be discriminated, stigmatized and subjected to violence because of their sexual orientation

    How

    Utunzi, meaning ‘care’ in Kiswahili, is a platform that allows individuals and organizations to report and document violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons, intersex and queer (LGBTI+) individuals, respond to emergency security situations, track violations and share information. In addition, Utunzi provides information on LGBTI+ concerns in Kenya and maintains a searchable database of recorded violations.

    Period and budget

    48 months, € 50,000

    Partners

    Nyanza, Rift Valley Western LGBTI Network (NYARWEK)

    ISHTAR-MSM

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