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Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Helem (Lebanese Protection of LGBTQ) are calling for applications from young advocates to participate in training on sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The training will focus on youth issues and SRR advocacy, and their relationship to LGBTQ issues at the national and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional levels. Deadline for applications: August 10, 2010.

This regional training will explore the intersections between sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and reproductive rights, and is designed for young activists working in the fields of SOGI and SRR at the national, regional and international levels. The aim of this training is to highlight the ways in which SRR and SOGI issues intersect; to build the capacity of young activists working on SOGI issues so that they can advocate at the national, regional and international levels; and to help participants understand how these issues can be implemented holistically in their own work. Throughout the training, we also hope to facilitate the process of networking and partnership between participants.

Where: Beirut, Lebanon

When: October 18-20th, 2010


The participants of the training must:

Have an in-depth knowledge of LGBTQ issues and arenas
Fall between the ages of 18 and 29
Have a basic knowledge and understanding and/or be working actively in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health or Rights, related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Committed to contributing to the 6-month follow up with Helem and the Youth Coalition after the training
Be from the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Turkey and Iran.
Be responsive and timely with the logistical and travel preparations for the training.
Be proficient in English, as it will be the official language of the training.
If you feel that you can fulfill the criteria please send your completed Application Form (available through the link below) and a Letter of Recommendation to by August 10th, 2010 at 0900hrs NYT.

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