Guardians of Equality Movement

Last modified: 
07/04/2024 - 1:04am

Guardians of Equality Movement (GEM) is a Syrian LGBTQIA+ focused human rights organization  GEM is founded and led by Syrian LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Defenders, Activists, and Survivors/Victims/Refugees who strive to prevent a repeat of and protect others from the suffering and violations that occurred against them. 

GEM is dedicated to improving the lives of Syrian LGBTQIA+ people who experience discrimination/abuse on a regular basis due to their sexual orientation and gender identity in Syria and throughout the global Syrian diaspora. GEM works towards the protection and advocacy of human rights at social and diplomatic levels for all vulnerable Syrian LGBTQIA+ regardless of political affiliations, religion, or ethnic background.

Prior to the Syrian conflict, there was a gap in addressing Syrian LGBTQIA+ needs and promoting their basic human rights, which has since been exacerbated by the conflict. We aim to fulfil this gap through our tailored programs and services that target Syrian LGBTQIA+ inside Syria and those living in other MENA countries (for example Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan). 

Our programs support Syrian LGBTQIA+ individuals’ basic needs, provide holistic protection services including in unsafe environments, document LGBTQIA+ rights violations, and conduct research & advocacy promoting Syrian LGBTQIA+ rights.

GEM was founded on September 14th 2021 by Syrian and international LGBTQIA+ activists who recognized the gap in the Syrian context around LGBTQIA+ Issues at all levels of humanitarian work, human rights, civil society, and politics, etc. As such it is one of the first NGOs/CSOs to focus wholly on this specialised field.

Acronym: 
GEM
Organisation Type: 
International Civil Society Organisation
Founding Year: 
2021
Country of Origin: 
SY
Scope: 
International
Country/ies of Operation: 
Belgium
Canada
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Syria
Turkey
Intervention Sector(s): 
Democracy & Civic rights
Gender issues
Mental Health
Refugees
Training & Capacity Building
Contact person's position: 
NA
Contact person's email: 
Contact person's phone number: 
4374292350
Address: 
17
300 Main street
R3C 1A1 WINNIPEG
Canada
CA
City: 
WINNIPEG
Street: 
300 Main street
Contact person's name: 
NA
Partnerships: 
N/A

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