We offer the LGBTIQ+ community in Tunisia a space for solidarity and activism. We are building capacity and supporting our community and raising awareness about sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual characteristics (SOGIESC).
Mawjoudin has three main areas of action:
We aim to improve the well being of the persons with non-normative sexuality, gender identity and expression and sexual characteristics in Tunisia.
Mawjoudin offers quick answers and support for LGBTIQ+ individuals who are in danger and/or survivors of violations and hate crimes.
We provide short term shelter, psychological, medical and legal support and peer to peer counselling.
These services are really needed, when the LGBTQ+ people are persecuted both by the state institutions and the society. By the combination of trained activists and professional services that we offer to individuals. As well as a referential system and network of friendly service providers, we are addressing the needs around SOGIESC in Tunisia.
One of our main objectives is to offer safe spaces to the LGBTIQ+ community in Tunisia, in order to create a community and resource spaces that works towards strengthening the LGBTIQ+ community and that critically challenges traditional norms. There is a huge need for these spaces in Tunisia.
The physical spaces are a hub for people who are marginalized in society due to gender and sexuality.
Through these spaces we offer trainings and workshops that are addressing the needs of LGBTIQ+ persons, social space to connect, network , exchange and create, cultural activities such as a cinema club and a music club. It is also be a hub for knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity through the available documents and the human ressources.
Challenging public opinion
We aim to increase public awareness of SOGIESC rights and misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and addressing article 230 of the penal code that criminalises consentant same sex relations. We are acting through different methods:
First, organising trainings on gender and sexuality, building capacities of LGBTIQ+ activists and allies around SOGIESC rights and gender equality.
Second, Campaigning and produce media contenant (magazine, videos and articles) to inform about and popularise SOGIESC rights.
Third, we are networking with national and international organisations to change discriminatory legislations.