OutRight and EnGendeRights hosted it's first of six trainer's training educational workshops to address domestic and family violence supported by the Quezon City government in the Philippines.
Thirty-four participants from sixteen barangays* in one district participated in the training of trainers workshop. All the participants have committed to actively include SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) issues of LGBTI persons not only in addressing domestic violence and family violence but also in all programs they do for the communities they serve.
Ging Cristobal, Coordinator for OutRight’s Asia program, commented on the event:
It was so heartwarming to see and hear the transition of barangay officials from being indifferent to being supportive. They shared how the training changed their stereotypical views of LGBTI persons - from not helping society to be more respectful towards LGBTI persons into being proactive and committing to make plans to fight stigma and abuse. They made solid commitments during the training for permanent activity in their barangays.
*A barangay, formerly referred to as barrio, is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the local term for a village, district or ward.
Published on February 2, 2017 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization