Project Executive Summary For Enhancing Domestic Violence Protections for LGBT People in the Philippines and Sri Lanka

Project Executive Summary For Enhancing Domestic Violence Protections for LGBT People in the Philippines and Sri Lanka
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This report is based on an internal Final Evaluation conducted by OutRight Action International for a 27-month project funded by a Human Rights Initiative grant from the Open Society Foundations to improve domestic violence protections for LGBT people in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. The project is undertaken by OutRight in partnership with EnGendeRights (EGR), a national NGO that advances women’s rights, non-discrimination, and equality for lesbians and bisexual women in the Philippines, and Women and Media Collective (WMC), a feminist women’s NGO in Sri Lanka that bridges state-level policy advocacy and grassroots women’s activism and coordinated the civil society campaign that led to the passage of the Sri Lanka Domestic Violence Act of 2005.

The purpose of the Final Evaluation is to examine project outcomes, review their relevance, effectiveness and impacts, and assess the project’s sustainability, including replicability. The evaluation also looks at challenges constraining and impacting results, how they were overcome, and the internal and external factors accelerating or slowing down desired changes. Findings lead to a number of conclusions on whether the project did what it set out to do for LGBT communities in the Philippines and Sri Lanka and some recommendations for next steps.

“Participating in the project, my knowledge on LGBTI people widened. It served as a guide on how I can conduct my job as VAW desk officer. Before I didn’t know how to approach LGBTI people. Before I didn’t really know how to talk to them. I didn’t know how to accept them without judging. Before when an LGBTI person would come to me, I would immediately say or make a comment “you are gay, you are a lesbian”, I learned that you are not supposed to say these things. There are LGBTI who come to the barangay and unlike before when they do not know who to approach, I noticed now, LGBTI people know who to approach already. They look for me. I’m able to take care of them. I noticed that before they were quite afraid when they have a complaint because for instance, sometimes the BPSO is not that accommodating, you hear comments like “you’re making a complaint, you’re lesbian, you’re gay”. Now it’s different. People feel less afraid.” ~ Consesa Mallalin, Quezon City, January 8, 2018

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