The Euro-Arab LGBT Alliance is pleased to announce the commencement of our “Pair of Hands” mentorship program, which allows asylum immigrants (notably those identifying as members of the LGBTQ+) from the Arab region to connect with Europe-based individuals to adapt and receive counseling on their moving and integration progress. In addition, the program was designed to recognize the different cultural backgrounds and attitudes (towards the LGBTQ+ community) of these immigrants’ countries of origin.
The first member to join the program is Alaa Alfazaa, a Jordanian immigrant who faced relentless oppression and consistent harassment simply on the basis of his sexual orientation as a gay man. Over the period of three months, Alaa was able to voice his concerns, and address trauma related to his past experience with discrimination and now lives happily with his partner, Alexander. The program is free and open to all immigrants with similar experiences. We proactively encourage their reach out and participation.
The Euro-Arab LGBT+ Alliance is a collection of individuals which works towards achieving equality, human rights, bodily rights and sexual rights for the LGBTQI+ community as a whole, specifically Arab immigrants coming into Sweden, and other marginalized groups and individuals through advocacy, documentation, capacity building, awareness-raising, safe spaces and lobbying.
Our approach is inclusive, as we adopt a decentralised approach in our work, to include people coming from different backgrounds, age groups, genders, sexual orientations and different cities and remote areas across Europe.
Our main aim is to promote diversity and non-discrimination to combat oppression. We are dedicated to defending the rights of LGBTQI+ individuals so that they can live openly in a culture that respects and values their dignity.
Our vision is to spread human rights culture to be able to live in a society where discrimination on the basis of SOGIESC* do not exist, and to be able to live in a society that promotes integrity, dignity, celebrates difference and where love, identity and expression are not crimes.”