Uganda Election

Update: Ugandan Election

We know that Canadians care about LGBT rights in Uganda. In 2014, millions of people signed petitions on Avaaz.org, Change.org and Groundswell opposing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality bill. The Canadian government provided dollars to Ugandan activists to fight the bill from within. People cheered from afar as LGBT Ugandans marched in the first Pride Parade after the[…]

Announcing Our Newest Grantees

We are excited to announce six new grantees who are Holding Ground and Breaking Ground for a better world. With The MATCH Fund’s support, they are incubating leadership, protecting LBT rights, enforcing anti-FGM laws, pitching a tent, casting votes, and preventing early child marriage. Keep reading to learn more about Elyne’s chickens, Jay’s courage, and[…]

Confirmation That We Exist

Natia Gvianishvili, a 28-year-old Georgian activist who jokingly describes herself as “a lesbian for a living,” is featured in the upcoming documentary by StudioMobile, a grantee of The MATCH Fund. We had the opportunity to interview Natia for the 2015 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (May 17). The Director of Georgia’s Women’s Initiatives[…]

Finding Beauty in the Middle

It is no secret that in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women face incredible obstacles. Decades of conflict and insecurity has caused mass displacement, high civilian casualties, and greatly reduced the educational and economic opportunities for women. Sexual violence has reached epidemic proportions, with one report indicating that an average of 48 women are raped[…]

Honouring the Victims of Forced Disappearance in Colombia.

Today is the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearance. A severe violation of human rights, forced disappearance occurs when an individual is secretly abducted from their home, or kidnapped elsewhere, and their whereabouts concealed. A tactic used to place the victim outside the protection of the law, in many cases, these individuals are[…]