Global Campaign Challenges Rising Restrictions on Fundamental Freedoms
In partnership with CIVICUS and the Outreach Social Care Project- OSCAR organised an event with young people in and out of schools to educate and prevent bullying and abuse of LGBTIQ youth as part of the “SPEAK!” global campaign challenges rising restrictions on fundamental freedoms in the city of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal province of the Republic of South Africa.
The Outreach Social Care Project- OSCAR organized Day of Silence — Thunderclap action on Friday 22nd September 2017, the campaign begin with a “day of silence”, as individuals and organisations choose to silence their voices in solidarity with those who have been silenced locally and internationally. By doing so, we have helped amplify the voices of brave women and men who have been jailed or even killed for speaking out.
The Outreach Social Care Project organized an event on the 23 September 2017 as part of the SPEAK! Campaign with young people in and out of schools in order to educate and prevent bullying, harassment and abuse in LGBTIQ Youth. A comprehensive program of training, education and awareness of bullying, harassment and abuse followed on the 24 September 2017 to be accomplished through workshops, resource materials and community outreach initiatives. Over 500 direct beneficiaries reached during the SPEAK Campaign.
SPEAK Campaign for LGBTIQ youth in KwaZulu Natal province, was a groundbreaking campaign of more than 300 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-25. It provided a stark picture of the difficulties they face — the impact on their well-being is profound, however these youth are quite resilient. They find safe havens among their peers, online and but not much in their schools and communities where they live. They remain optimistic and believe things will get better. Nevertheless, the findings are a call to action for all adults who want ensure that young people can thrive.
If you are LGBTIQ or questioning and you are considering coming out to close friends or someone in your family, it’s good to make a plan. What kind of signals are you getting from your friend or family member? Do you have enough information to answer the types of questions they might have about being LGBT? Do you know what you want to say? Do you have support? Is it the right time? Reactions may vary, and you should be prepared.
Patrick Newton Bondo- Chief Executive Officer/ Social Justice Activist
Outreach Social Care Project