More than €500,000 for projects supporting LGBTQ people, single parents in Brussels

More than €500,000 for projects supporting LGBTQ people, single parents in Brussels
Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities Nawal Ben Hamou.

The Brussels region will be spending around €500,000 on 40 projects to support LGBTQ people and single-parent families.

Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities Nawal Ben Hamou made a call for projects in July after a substantial increase in the Equal Opportunities budget in 2021.

Nearly €280,000 will go to support 30 projects for the inclusion of LGBTQ people, including the Plan F centre for family planning that will receive around €10,000 to set up a medical co-consultation for trans people in family planning centres.

Around €15,000 will be allocated to the non-profit organisation O'Yes for its ‘Go to Gyneco’ project, to the #WECARE project supporting the health of LGBTQ people, and to the ULB AIDS and Sexuality Observatory for the implementation of inclusive and intersectional practices in health care.

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The Rainbowhouse will also receive a total of €33,500 in support of the organisation of the L-Festival and its All Genders Welcome campaign.

“Beyond this one-off call for projects, the next plan for the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people, which will be definitively approved by the Brussels Government at the beginning of 2022, also provides for increased support to the voluntary sector,” said Nawal Ben Hamou.

Support for single-parent families

Ten of the winning initiatives will be sharing €212,500 for projects that aim to enhance the image of single-parent families, highlight their daily struggle and raise awareness of the issue of single-parenthood as a gendered issue.

Ben Hamou said in a press release that the aim is to help “fight against gender stereotypes and stereotypes linked to parenthood through awareness-raising and training, and enhance the commitment of men in their role as fathers in order to fight against paternal disinvestment, a major source of the problems experienced by single-parent families.”

Around €40,000 was granted to the non-profit organisation Actions pour les familles, la Santé et l'Egalité des chances in Uccle to set up discussion and support groups, individualised legal and/or psychological consultations and free support for single parents in difficulty.

The same amount was also granted to the Centre Séverine Planning familial agréé de Bruxelles Ouest, to be put towards a project focusing on the global care of single-parent families within family planning initiatives.

About €45,000 was granted to CAP CAW Family to develop a Maison des parents solos 2.0, a pilot project in the commune of Ixelles.

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