Rainbow Fund co-organiser of the Fadime Days 2020
For the first time, the Fadime Days focused on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are affected by honour culture and honour violence in Swedish society through an international conference in the Parliament House.
The conference was organised by Gapf in collaboration with the Rainbow Fund.
Fadime Days 2020
For the first time, the Fadime Days focused on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are affected by honour culture and honour violence in Swedish society through an international conference in the Parliament House. The conference was organised by Gapf in collaboration with the Rainbow Fund. The Rainbow Fund’s Jonas Gardell gave the opening speech, a number of experts (took part) in several panel discussions and the conference ended with a speech by GAPF founder Sara Mohammed before she and Jonas Gardell thanked for the day.
Jonas Gardell gave the opening speech
In the opening speech, Jonas touched on the fact that even though in large parts of the western world we have gained freedoms and rights in a way that we could only dream of, reality looks much gloomier in other parts of the world.
” That’s why we can’t let ourselves be satisfied. That’s why we need to act. March for those who cannot march. Speak for those whose voices are silenced, and as in the case of the Rainbow Fund, give humanitarian support and raise money to help those who no one else is helping.”
Jonas talked about the problem surrounding young LGBTQ people seeking asylum in Sweden or living in Sweden in families with honour culture standards. As an example, it was mentioned that a vast majority of Swedish LGBTQ refugees have experienced harassment at Swedish refugee facilities.
Jonas concluded the opening speech with the importance of incorporating the LGBTQ perspective into the discussion on honour culture.
”Daring to be yourself as lesbian, gay, bi or trans, to decide how you want to live your life, is difficult for everyone, to do it in a honour culture is many times more difficult. Today in this conference, we recognise these people and no longer making them invisible is invaluable. ”
The purpose of the Fund is to financially help HBTQ people around the world, as well as individuals, primarily in countries where HBTQ people are stalked and harassed by authorities, police and religious institutions.
Our funds will not go to organisations or individuals who do not respect human rights and freedoms. These include racism, and antisemitism, sexism and children’s rights.