'Preventing and Countering Far-right Movements' - New Project by Tbilisi Pride


With the support of ILGA-Europe, in January, 2020 Tbilisi Pride started the new project "Empowering Civil Society and Queer Activists for Preventing and Countering the Far-right Movements".

In recent years Georgia has been witnessing the rise of far-right movements. LGBTQI community happens to be one of the main targets of their aggression. The activists and members of the community have been repeatedly attacked and threatened by the far-right representatives. These groups have proved to be a serious obstacle to the freedom of assembly and freedom of expression of the queer community as well as other groups and movements in the civil society. The state does not have any policies to deal with far-right radicalization. In addition, the actors in the civil society and queer community lack shared knowledge about the far-right mobilization as well as strategies for prevention and dealing with hate speech/ideology.

Therefore, the goal of the project is to empower civil society and queer activists and to inform the broader society for preventing and countering far-right movements. The project combines elements of community work, advocacy and awareness-raising. 

The main activities of the project are:

- 'Activist Camp' - 3-day-training course for LGBTQI community leaders and activists to develop counter and alternative narratives (CANs). 

- Panel Discussion on the issue of far-right mobilization with the participation of all relevant organizations, institutions and/or individuals. 

- Research/Policy paper in order to review the existing approaches and research about far-right movements and provide policy recommendations. 

- Media campaign for the awareness raising purposes. 

Duration of the project: 01.01.2020 - 31.07.2020

Donor: ILGA-Europe.