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Somos peruanos, somos diversos, seámoslo siempre. The first national and decentralized campaign against the stigma and discrimination towards LTGB and WS in Peru
Presented by Giovanny Manuel Romero Infante, Peru.
G.M. Romero Infante
Movimiento Homosexual de Lima - Mhol, Plataforma de Poblaciones Vulnerables / Objetivo VIH1b - Programa Cerrando Brechas (V Ronda Fondo Mundial), Lima, Peru
Issues: The first national and decentralized campaign. Links community mobilization, public and political incident to reduce stigma and discrimination towards LTGB-WS.
Description: National Campaign Against the Stigma and Discrimination towards Lesbians, Transvestites, Gays, Bisexuals (LTGB) and Sexual Workers (SW), carried out between November, 2007 and January, 2008 in 12 cities (Iquitos, Pucallpa, Tarapoto, Yurimaguas, Piura, Chiclayo, Chimbote, Ica, Arequipa, Tacna, Huancayo, Lima-Callao), for help to reduce stigma and discrimination towards persons and communities LTGB and WS, and to promote a favorable environment for dation of a positive normative frame to these populations. It was financed for HIVOS, ONUSIDA, and The Global Fund.
It is the first Campaign for the rights LTGB and TS promoted in simultaneous and nacional form, with coordinated and compound participation of the organizations of these communities: Mesas de Concertación to regional level, and Sistema Nacional de Defensoría Comunitaria (SINDECO) for national level, with support of Movimiento Homosexual de Lima and Plataforma de Poblaciones Vulnerables. The Campaign has involved to diverse authorities of the State and civil Society organizations, in favor of the fight against the stigma and discrimination, achieving the signatureof agreements of promotion of rights in some regions. Conceptual offer of Campaign related the Peruvian nationality (symbols as the native colors) and the condition to be a subject of rights (access to the equality of rights for LTGB-WS). Aamong the distribution/diffusion of materials (video, spot, t-shirts, posters, advertising bus, leaflets, web www.somosdiversos.com), press conferences and events (marches, fairs), the campaign reached to brought near of 350,000 persons.
Lessons learned: Participation of LTGB-SW communities is a determinant element for success and continuity, in the frame of the process of conquest of theirs rights. The public incident allows to generate favorable environments for political agreements for LTGB-SW rights.
Next steps: To bet for processes with community and multisectorial protagonism for the LTGB-TS rights.