Supporting LGBTIQ+ publications in Central Asian countries

15 March 2022

Labrys (Kyrgyzstan) in cooperation with Unit (n-ost, Germany) announces a competition “Supporting LGBTIQ+ publications in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan”. During a three day meeting in Bishkek, 14-16 April 2022, journalists and activists will have an opportunity to discuss specifics of LGBTIQ+ journalism in Central Asia, develop ideas for joint materials and receive funding for their implementation.

Who can apply?

Female journalists and activists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, who are interested in working on LGBTIQ+ issues, have an idea for a publication, are ready to develop it and applying for funding are welcome to apply. Transport, meals and accommodation are paid by the inviting party. The working language of the meeting is Russian. All papers can be published in any language. To apply to attend the meeting the following form should be completed. The deadline for submission is 27 March 2022, 23:59 Bishkek time. The results of the selection process will be announced no later than 30 March 2022.

Unit is a community of female journalists and activists who write about LGBTIQ+ issues in post-Soviet countries. The aim of the Unit is to establish long-term partnerships between journalists and activists, media and organisations working in the field of LGBTIQ+ rights. The creation of the Unit was initiated by journalist Ali Feruz (Novaya Gazeta) in 2018 and supported by n-ost, an international journalism network with an office in Berlin. More information about Unit can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram and the mailing list. The competition is announced by the working group of the Unit project (LGBTIQ journalist network), in cooperation with n-ost (Germany) and Labrys (Kyrgyzstan).

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