ILGA was granted specific funding from 2004 by Oxfam Novib to further ensure and encourage visibility, involvement and empowerment of lesbians among its members and allies. The fund ends in 2010.
In June 2010 ILGA carried out an online survey sent to ILGA members and non members. The survey’s aim was to better understand the needs and expectations of our members and allies, understand how to improve and continue with the successes after 2010.
Most respondents identified as female, and the average age of respondents was between 30 and 50 years old.
Most of the answers came from Europe. This corresponds to the geographical distribution of ILGA’s member: Europe reply rate accounted for 42%, Latin America 25%, Africa 13%, Asia 8%, North America 7% and Australia and the Pacific 4%.
Several material published by ILGA as well as some activities carried out were surveyed.
The three main ILGA’s brochures “Breast and Uterus Cancer prevention”, “Lesbian and Bisexual women’s health: Common Concerns local issues” and “Lesbian Movement: Ruptures & Alliances” scored very useful: 30%, 38% and 29% respectively.
An average of 30% of respondents do not know or did not know the above brochures.
ILGA will have to explore other channels of communication and make the information on the website easier to find.
Also, ILGA’s presence at international events (Outgames, UN Commission on Status of Women’, etc…) scores high, however many respondents claimed that the activity was “not used”. This could be interpreted as to the fact that respondents did not know about these events or that they did not attend them. It will be important in the future to share the information more widely on the activities carried out, the results obtained and on how to use some information locally.
The most important recommendations for the next three years were the following: Work on Lesbian health and mental health issues, lesbian visibility, lesbian empowerment, organise spaces for lesbians to meet: conferences, meetings, events, workshops, be active in social network sites.
Based on the feedback received from its members, ILGA is planning to be more involved in UN activities (UPR, CSW, HRC). On this item one respondent mentioned that this is ILGA’s most important raison d’être. ILGA will develop lesbian health projects, which continues to be part of expectations of many members. And finally we will keep on working on lesbian empowerment, rights and visibility.
Even if we will not have a dedicated fund anymore, women’s issues will be mainstreamed in all ILGA’s activities and initiatives.
Women’s Project Coordinator