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EU gives €500,000 to help LGBTI Brazilians start their own businesses

April 15 2015

The non-profitable enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announces that it has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help lift Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTI) people in Brazil out of poverty.

Part of the funding will go towards focus groups and staff training to create awareness in the workplace on dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity issues whilst alternative funding has been set aside to help individuals set up their own businesses.

Micro Rainbow International has since dedicated itself to creating tools to enable LGBTI people “to step out of poverty, everywhere”. Besides helping refugees in the UK, MRI has now extended its work to Cambodia and Brazil securing €518,909 support from the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

Between 2007 and 2013 EIDHR had an approximate budget of €157million a year to fund projects which promote democracy and human rights in non-EU countries. To date, EIDHR has helped fund more than 1,200 projects in over 100 countries since it was founded in 2006.

Founder of MRI, LGBTI activist Sebatian Rocca spoke about his attitudes to Brazils LGBTI poverty statistics saying “Brazil is far from being a tolerant, equal and inclusive society towards LGBTI people. This project will tackle social attitudes and change people’s lives. We are thrilled.’

He went on to say “Our research shows that far too many lesbian, gay and bisexual people hide their sexuality in the workplace for fear of being discriminated and/or fired…We are planning to support LGBTI people to set up small businesses, access skills training opportunities and train local employers on the barriers that LGBTI people face in accessing employment and in the workplace.”

Majorie Marchi, President of ASTRA, Rio de Janeiro, said that finding ways for LGBTI Brazilians to earn a living will have a significant effect on combating discrimination: “This is the time to celebrate one of the most important moments for the low-income LGBT population in Rio.”

“Access to credit, employability and other forms of self-support guarantee emancipation, empowerment and full citizenship, which are extremely necessary to fight homophobia in Brazil.”

Source Gay Star News

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