Member State Civil Society Resources

Member State Civil Society Resources

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Civil Society Organizations - Women

  • (Netzwerk österreichischer Frauen und Mädchenberatungsstellen) Network of Austrian Counseling Centres for Women and Girls

    AUSTRIA | 1995
    The network of Austrian counseling centers for women and girls is an umbrella organization spreading across Austria that offers free counselling, training courses and information/statistics relevant to women, and advocacy for women in politics and law.
  • (Verein Autonome Österreichische Frauenhäuser) Association of Autonomous Austrian Women’s Shelters – AÖF

    AUSTRIA| 1988
    The Association of Autonomous Austrian Women's Shelters (AÖF) is the network of 13 autonomous women's shelters in Austria and information center for women regarding domestic violence, and women's rights and laws.
  • (Le Monde Selon les Femmes) The World According to Women

    BELGIUM| 1986
    "The World According to Women focuses on development cooperation, continuing education, and action research. Its goal is to place a gender perspective into human rights issues though research-action using local/regional understandings, training, and advocacy work."
  • (Vie Féminine) Women’s Life

    BELGIUM| 1922
    Vie Féminine is a broad organization (locations throughout Belgium) that brings together women of different ages and cultures. The goal is to work towards an equal and democratic society and to fight sexism, racism, violence, and other issues that hold back the empowerment of all women.
  • ( Джендър алтернативи) Gender Alternatives

    The Gender Alternatives Foundation works towards the empowerment of women and girls. GAF focuses on working with the Bulgarian legislation on violence and discrimination against females and implementation of human rights protections in Bulgaria.
  • (Български фонд за жените) The Bulgarian Fund for Women

    BULGARIA| 2004
    The Bulgarian Fund for Women (BFW) is the only donor in Bulgaria that supports women's empowerment, rights, and gender equality. BFW invests in CSOs and socal actors that are working towards social change and enhancing women's rights.
  • (Ženska soba) Women’s Room

    CROATIA| 2002
    Women's Room provides support to women who are survivors of sexual violence. Some of their work includes work with direct survivors, but also developing public policies, education, improving legislation, and raising awareness.
  • Domine

    CROATIA| 2002
    Domine is an NGO dedicated to promoting women's rights through education, media, publishing, public campaigns, and direct support. Some of Domine's many focuses include economic empowerment of women, violence prevention, and creating feminist libraries.
  • (Κυπριακό Λόμπυ Γυναικών) Cyprus Women’s Lobby

    CYPRUS| 2008
    The Cyprus Women's Lobby is an umbrella network of women's NGOs that brings together women across Cyprus. Serves as an excellent jumping off point for more specific women NGOs and works to promote gender equality and participation of women in policy and law making.
  • (Συνδέσμου για την Πρόληψη και Αντιμετώπιση της Βίας στην Οικογένεια ) Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family

    CYPRUS| 1990
    The Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family is an organization that aims to prevent domestic violence an offers support and guidance to those being abused and those who are abusing others. This NGO also offers statistics and information regarding gender equality and domestic violence.
  • (Český svaz žen) The Czech Women’s Union

    The Czech Women's Union is the largest women's organization in the Czech Republic and relies on volunteers to advocate for the benefits of women and their rights. Its advocacy stretches across the rights of women in several spheres, including domestic violence, the social position of women, women in the labor market, and educational rights.
  • Czech Women’s Lobby

    The Czech Women's Lobby is the umbrella organization for women's rights of the Czech Republic and represents several women's organizatons as well as being a part of the European Women's Lobby.
  • (Feministisk Forandring) Feminist Change

    DENMARK| 2015
    Feminist Change is a Danish organization that works towards a fairier society and to challenge existing norms and structures. This organization focuses on change through activism and involvement in politics and policy making.
  • (Kvindernes Internationale Liga for Fred og Frihed) Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

    DENMARK| 1915
    The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is a female organization that works for disarmament and peaceful resolution of conflicts. This organization also works to strengthen the political, social, and economic positions of women globally, especially in warzones and areas of conflict.
  •  (Kvinderådet) The Women’s Council Denmark

    DENMARK| 1899
    The Women’s Council Denmark is a non-governmental umbrella organisation (NGO) for more than 40 organisations working to promote womens rights and gender equality in Denmark and globally.
  • (Eesti Akadeemiliste Naiste Ühing – EANÜ) Association of Estonian Academic Women

    ESTONIA| 1926
    EANÜ works to bring together women in higher education to use their skills to solve issues in academia and public life, to maintain professional ethics, and to protects freedoms in research and academia.
  • (Eesti Naisteühenduste Ümarlaud) Estonian Women’s Associations Roundtable

    ESTONIA| 2003
    Round Table of Estonian Women's Associations brings together women's associations across Estonia to create common positions regarding women in social life, democracy, and equality between men and women.
  • Feministeerium

  •  (Eesti Naisuurimus- ja Teabekeskus – ENUT) The Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre

    ESTONIA| 1997
    The Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre is an NGO based in Tallinn University that maintains a specialized library on women's and gender issues, improves public access to publications and documents regarding gender (through databases and networking), and promotes cooperation between the public, NGOs, and academic institutions regarding women and gender issues.
  • (Naisasialiitto Unioni ry) The Feminist Association Union

    FINLAND| 1892
    The Feminist Association Union is both a feminist and antiracist organization that focuses on intersectionalities in feminism and different forms of oppression. Some actions undertaken by this organization includes public statements, publishing expert opinions, and offering concrete help for women through several services.
  • NYTKIS – The Coalition of Finnish Women´s Associations

    FINLAND| 1988
    NYTKIS is an umbrella organization of women's organizations that are involved in Finnish parliament, and a few other larger women's organizations. This organization has regional committees and and is highly involved in Finnish parliament and politics.
  • (CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL DES FEMMES – CNFF) National Council of French Women

    FRANCE| 1901
    CNFF is the first federation of women's associations in France and brings together professional, charitable, cultural, and other types of involvement groups in public life and gender equality. It focuses on the status of women in society and works at both a regional and international level.
  • (Osez le féminisme!) Dare Feminism!

    FRANCE| 2009
    This is a national feminist association with several local branches located across France. Osez le féminisme! undertakes several campaigns in the gender realm including abortion rights, sexual harrasment, and how women are treated by various political groups (especially groups on the far-right).
  • Women for Women France

    Women for Women France is an active women’s organization aiming to provide non-French/immigrant women faced with domestic violence with the resources to regain independence. 
  • Women for Women France

    FRANCE| 2018
    Women for Women France aims to ensure that anyone experiencing domestic violence in France, regardless of their background, race, language or any other factor, is supported, protected, and can access and assert their rights. Women for Women France focuses on domestic abuse and violence, but also offers support for overall mental health, divorce and family issues, legal advice, and many other social areas that impact women.
  • (Deutcher Frauenrat) National Council of German Women’s Organizations

    GERMANY| 1951
    The National Council of German Women's Organizations is an umbrella organziation of several nation-wide women's groups. This organization's goal is gender equality in the workplace, family, politics, business and culture. To achieve this, The National Council of German Women's Organizations works with the parliament and federal government and organizes campaigns across several networks. The organization serves as an excellent starting point to discover more women organizations, resources, and literature in Germany.
  • (Zentrale Informationsstelle Autonomer Frauenhäuser – ZIF) Central Information Point of Autinomous Women’s Refugees

    GERMANY| 1980
    ZIF is a central information point for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse and/or violence. This organization also works as the voice of female refugees at the federal policy making level, therefore publishing opinion pieces and information regarding violence issues against women and children.
  • The Federal Conference of Women’s and Equal Opportunities Officers at Universities (Bukof)

    GERMANY| 1989
    Bukof fights for the equal treatment of genders in universities/academic settings. Members of this organization include universities (represented by women/advocates) and other employees/officials involved with equal opportunity advancement. Bukof works on equality related policy issues at the state, federal, and university level.
  • (Εθνικό Συμβούλιο Ελληνίδων) National Council of Greek Women – NCGW

    GREECE| 1908
    NCGW is a part of the International Council of Women and the European Women's Lobby, and represents many women's organizations across Greece (and some in Cyprus). NCGW works to promote the interests and status of women in all parts of life, specifically with family, society, the community, and the state.
  • Action for Women

    GREECE| 2016
    Action for Women is a women's rights organization that supports female refugees and asylum seekers. Their advocacy ranges from giving women in camps a safe place to gather/relax/socialize, find legal/mental/physical aid, and find housing, work, and connection in Greece as they settle in the EU.
  • ( Női Érdek) Hungarian Women’s Lobby

    HUNGARY| 2003
    The Hungarian Women's Lobby is an umbrella organization that represents women's organizations across Hungary. Some of its goals are to strengthen the abilities and influence of its member organizations (in promoting women's rights), mainstream women's rights into governmental work, and increase public awareness of gender equality at a national and international level.
  • (NŐK A TUDOMÁNYBAN EGYESÜLET – NATE) Association of Hungarian Women in Science

    HUNGARY| 2008
    NATE focuses on equal representation of both men and women in the field of science and technology and to attract more young women and girls into the STEM area. Some tools that NATE uses are the positive examples of female role models, community building, and creative events.
  • National Women’s Council

    IRELAND| 1973
    The National Women's Council of Ireland is the main representative organization for women's groups and individuals in Ireland. Their goal is to lead the action towards gender equality through mobilisation, influencing, and creating solidarity.
  • Women’s Collective Ireland

    IRELAND| 2002
    Women's Collective Ireland is working towards a society where women of all backgrounds can thrive with full human rights and equality. To do this, Women's Collective Ireland partakes in community development at the local and national level and works at grassroots levels through community projects.
  • (Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo- AIDOS) Italian Association for Women in Development

    ITALY| 1981
    AIDOS works for equality and freedom for women and girls globally. This organization works with local organizations and institutions to aid women in their specific areas. Some areas of focus are: women's political/social rights, sexual and reproductive rights, economic empowerment, and education.
  • Young Women Network – YWN

    ITALY| 2012
    YWN is dedicated to the mentoring and empowerment of young women, in order to enhance the tole of women in society. YWN stresses the importance of teamwork and solidarity between women and works to create environments where young women can be mentored, supported, and grow.
  • (Sieviešu sadarbības tīklaa) Women’s Cooperation Network

    LATVIA| 2003
    Latvia's Women's Cooperation Network represents several female organizations in Latvia with the goal of defending and enhancing women's rights at the national and EU level.
  • Marta Centre

    LATVIA| 2000
    Marta Centre gives social, legal, and psychological aid to victims of violence and trafficking and aids women and children in difficult life situations, including domestic abuse, violence, and difficult economic situations. Marta Centre also works with men to challenge stereotypes and reduce violence.
  • (Moterų informacijos centras) Women’s Issues Information Centre

    LITHUANIA| 1996
    The Women's Information Centre is a team of professionals that work to educate and inform the public about gender equality, policy, issues, and its development in Lithuania. Some of their programs focus on violence against women, human trafficking, family and work balance, and female entrepreneurship.
  • Vilnius Women’s Home (VMN)

    LITHUANIA| 1993
    VMN's mission is to provide assistance and support to those who have or are currently experiencing violence or abuse and to defend women's rights at a local and international level. VMN also offers reports and information about violence and gender rights and works with other European organizations to combat violence.
  • (Conseil National Des Femmes du Luxembourg- CNFL) National Council of Women of Luxembourg

    LUXEMBOURG| 1975
    CNFL is a representative group of organizations and institutions across Luxembourg that are involved with gender equality. Some of their areas of focus include national policy, women's sports, local policy, and representing young women.
  • (Fraen an Gender) Women and Gender in Luxembourg – CID

    LUXEMBOURG| 1992
    CID works to improve the social status of women, as well as general issues around gender, in Luxembourg. CID maintains readings, studies, and general literature about gender and women and actively partakes in political issues.
  • Malta Women’s Lobby – MWL

    MALTA| 2004
    MWL is an umbrella organization representing women's groups in Malta and works for women's rights.
  • Women for Women

    MALTA| 2019
    Women for Women Foundation works to empower women and girls through education, aid and empowerment with finance, and access to resources that promote gender equality. This group also hosts the Women for Women Social Fund, which supports women and families in difficult times.
  • (Nederlandse Vrouwen Raad) Dutch Women’s Council 

    The Dutch Women's Council is an organization representing several women's groups and organizations and works to represent the interests of all Dutch women. Dutch Women's Council lobbies on women's issues, and works with policy makers in the Netherlands, EU, and United Nations.
  • Atria – Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History

    Atria serves as a valuable resource on women's literature and history in order to promote the development and equal treatment of women. Atria also provides advice about future policy making and works with several other institutions and universities to provide relevant and truthful information. This organization is recognized by UNESCO and is signed into the Dutch Diversity Charter
  • WO=MEN

    WO=MEN works on the implementation of gender equality and women powerment as one the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This is one of the largest gender platforms in Europe with several organizations and professionals working together
  • (Centrum Praw Kobiet) Women’s Rights Center

    POLAND| 1993
    The Women's Rights Center fights discrimination and violence against women in all aspects of life. The Women's Rights Center undertakes several activities including support for women (legal, emotional, shelters, etc), education, and law making and lobbying.
  • (Stowarzyszenie Aktywne Kobiety) Active Women Association

    POLAND| 2002
    Active Women Association focuses on the empowerment and inclusion of minority and vulnerable groups in Poland, including youth, seniors, and minorities. Their main activities include education and information, social and media campaigns, forming coalitions, lobbying, advocacy, and counseling.
  • Karat Coalition

    POLAND| 1997
    Karat Coalition works for gender equality on the local, national, European and international levels, representing women in Poland and Eastern Europe. Karat Coalition's main areas of focus are on women's rights and socio-economic justice, meaning they focus on the intersectionality of discrimination based on both gender and socio-economic status.
  • (A Associação de Mulheres Contra a Violência) The Association of Women Against Violence

    PORTUGAL| 1993
    The Association of Women Against Violence works to promote human rights, specifically the rights of women and children, as well as fighting violence and discrimination. Some of this organization's goals are to educate the public about issues of violence and discrimination against women and youth, train professionals to help women and children, provide support for at risk groups, and provide shelter.
  • (A Rede Portuguesa de Jovens para a Igualdade de Oportunidades entre Mulheres e Homens – REDE) Portugese Youth Network for Equal Opportunities between Men and Women

    PORTUGAL| 2000
    REDE's focus is to promote gender equality in youth, based on the guidelines from the United Nations and European Union. Some of its methods include education, empowerment, promoting citizen participation, and advocacy and lobbying.
  • (Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres) Portugese Platform for Women’s Rights

    PORTUGAL| 2004
    The Portugese Platform for Women's Rights focuses on creating equal opportunities between men and women and defending women's rights through several means, including research, lobbying, and education.
  • Reaching Out Romania

    ROMANIA| 1999
    Reaching Out Romania is a shelter that offers aid to victims of human trafficking (many of whom are women and children). This organization works with policy makers and law enforcement to end human trafficking and offers resources to victims.
  • Romanian Women’s Lobby

    ROMANIA| 2005
    The Romanian Women's Lobby represents several women organizations in Romania and works to promote gender equality.
  • (Možnosť voľby) Possibility of Choice

    SLOVAKIA| 2001
    Possibility of Choice works for a society where people can have less restricted lives that are not determined by gender stereotypes. This organization began with the goal of protecting women's reproductive rights in Slovakia, however it has now progressed to fighting violence against women, gender policies, and teaching a gender perspective in youth and the general public
  • EsFem

    SLOVAKIA| 1999
    EsFem is an organization that works to educate the public on issues of gender equality. This organization hosts events and a library with many resources.
  • Fenestra

    SLOVAKIA| 1996
    Fenestra's focus is fighting gender-based violence by both educating the public and providing women who are experiencing violence with help.
  • (Ženski lobi Slovenije) Women’s Lobby of Slovenia

    SLOVENIA| 2006
    The Women's Lobby of Slovenia represents several women's organizations in Slovenia and serves a member of the the European Women's Lobby. This is an excellent starting point for more gender related resources in Slovenia.
  • (Mujeres en Igualdad) Women in Equality

    SPAIN| 1992
    Mujeres en Igualdad is a member of the Consultative Status in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and works to eradicate gender-based violence and create equal opportunities for women and men. This organization values communication and acts as an information channel for efforts being carried out by many groups in pushing for equality in Spain and many other parts of the world.
  • Asociación Por Ti Mujer

    SPAIN| 2009
    This organization understands gender equality as a human right and fights for gender equality across all spheres (civil, political, cultural, economic, etc). Asociación Por Ti Mujer looks at the structural causes of gender inequality and that restrict women's rights and that cause discrimination against women.
  • Fembloc

    Fembloc is a non-profit group advocating for a feminist lens to holistic security by providing advice and support to those facing Digital Gender-Based Violence. 
  • Fundación Mujeres

    Fundación Mujeres is an organization that works for political and social change to promote gender equality. This is an activist organiztion that uses campaigns to create change. This organization provides publications and other resources surrounding gender in order to educate the public.
  • Talita

    Talita helps women out of pornography, prostitution, and human trafficking, through the methods of aid are prevention, outreach, and rehabilitation. Talita works closely with police and social services in order to fight the organized crime around sexual exploitation.
  • The Swedish Women’s Lobby

    SWEDEN| 1997
    The Swedish Women’s Lobby (SWL) is a politically and religiously independent umbrella organization for women’s organizations in Sweden. Their work is to achieve full human rights for women and a gender equal society within Sweden, the EU and internationally.
  • Tjezonen

    Tjezonen is the largest organization for girls (ages 10-25) in Sweden. This organization focuses on girls' mental health, and works to educate the public as well as offer aid to girls who are struggling. These issues range from help with eating disorders to aid with legal issues.
  • Unizon

    SWEDEN| 1996
    Unizon focuses on gender-based violence against women and children and represents over 130 women's/girls'/youth shelters in Sweden. Unizon takes an advocacy based approach and works on policy and with authorities to stop gender-based violence and hold perpetrators accountable.
  • Bloody Good Period

    Boody Good Period provides resources to women who are struggling to afford/access feminine hygeine materials, many of whom are asylum seekers and refugees. Bloody Good Period aims to someday make menstrual products government aided, so that all women can have easy access.
  • Fawcett Society 

    Fawcett is one of the UK's leading gender equality organizations and fights for women's rights at work, home, and in public life. Some of Fawcett's campaigns include fight for equal pay, equal representation in government, changing stereotypes, and defending women's rights during COVID-19
  • Imkaan

    Imkaan represents several organization in the UK that fight violence against Black and Minority women. Some of their methods of support for women include training and education, community engagement, and long-term support for Black and Minority organizations.

Civil Society Organizations - LGBTQ+

  • HOSI Wien

    AUSTRIA| 1979
    HOSI Wien is one of Austria's main lesbian and gay organizations, and focuses on lobbying and change in government and policy. HOSI Wien also offers support to those who are facing discrimination or struggling in their coming-out process, and importantly, this organization serves as a contact point for general LGBTIQ information.
  • Queer Base

    AUSTRIA| 2015
    Queer Base offers resources to queer refugees who are in need of help. The organization is based out of Türkis Rosa Lila Villa in Vienna, which serces as a place for consultation and communication as well as a starting point for housing for those who are struggling.
  • Rainbow House

    BELGIUM| 2001
    LGBTIA+ organizations in the Brussels area. These organizations aid with legal, social, psychological, and medical assistance. Furthermore, Rainbow house hosts a cafe that serves as a LGBTIA+ social point and many socio-cultural festivals throughout the year.
  • Tels Quels

    BELGIUM| 1987
    Tels Quels defends the rights of those involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and organizes social experiences, trainings, events, workshops, conferences, film viewings, and other projects related to the LGBTQIA+ community. Tels Quels also has a social service, a documentation centre, and pubished work, which all offer more resources and aid.
  • Bilitis

    BULGARIA| 2004
    Bilitus serves a group for LGBTQI people to socialize and create a tight-knit community. They also help to organize Sofia Pride and manage the only LGBTI community center in Bulgaria. By doing this, they hope to create a more accepting and safer community for all in Bulgaria.
  • Deystvie

    BULGARIA| 2009
    Deystvie is a youth organization that works to ensure that queer rights are fully recognized by the law and for full inclusion of LGBTI people in society. They provide legal services, tools for legislation changes, an organize mass public events and marches.
  • GLAS Foundation

    BULGARIA| 2014
    GLAS Foundation works for positive change in the lives of queer people and to protect them from discrimination. They run campaigns against homophobic hate crimes and for a more inclusive environment.
  • (Dugine obitelji) Rainbow Families Croatia

    CROATIA| 2011
    Rainbow Families brings together parents of the LGBTIQ community. Some of its main tools are education, public advocacy and awareness, research, and publishing.
  • Iskorak

    CROATIA| 2002
    Iskorak protects the rights of LGBT citizens and works for their treatment as equal citizens in Croatia. Some of their goals include protecting rights of sexual minorities and those with HIV/AIDS, improving health access for all, and increasing social inclusion of the queer community.
  • Kontra

    CROATIA| 1997
    Kontra promtes the rights of lesbians and stems from one of the first feminist groups in Croatia. Kontra encourages legal, political, institutional and social change and cooperates with other organizations to protect the rights of other minority groups.
  • Zagreb Pride

    CROATIA| 2002
    Zagreb Pride works for social justice and to improve LGBTIQ rights. Some of its fields of work include organizing the Zagreb Pride March, defending and promoting rights and culture, creating more connection throughout the LGBTIQ community, and publishing resources.
  • (Kuir Kıbrıs Derneği) Queer Cyprus

    CYPRUS| 2008
    Queer Cyprus is a social movement that fights all forms of discrimination. It works to protect the Universal Human Rights and Freedom of the LGBTQI community. To do this, the organization maintains a relevant library, publishes information in several types of media, and works with professionals to make changes.
  • ACCEPT Cyprus

    CYPRUS| 2012
    ACCEPT protects the human rights of all people, including minorities and members of the LGBTQI community. ACCEPT works to make legal and political changes and offers many resources for public education.
  • STUD

    STUD was founded with the goal of full legal and equal rights for the LGBTQI community. This organization brings together both homosexual and heterosexual supporters and works heavily with youth as they navigate their sexuality. STUD also offers a great deal of LGBTQI aid, including emotional support, a library, and an LGBT directory.
  • Trans*Parent

    Trans*Parent promotes the understanding and acceptance of trans, non-binary, and intersex people within the community and legislation. This organization creates a safe space for queer and non-binary people to meet and provides them with free counseling with legal and emotional issues.

    DENMARK| 2012
    LGBT Asylum offers counseling and support for LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark. Their main modes of aid are support and counseling for asylum seekers as well as a social network within Denmark.
  • LGBT+ Denmark

    DENMARK| 1948
    LGBT+ Denmark is the country's oldest and largest political group for the LGBT+ community. This is mainly a social and political group, working a great deal with legislators as well as providing a safe space for all who identify with the LGBT+ community.
  • (Eesti LGBT Ühing) Estonian LGBT Association

    ESTONIA| 2008
    Estonian LGBT Association's mission is to influence policies and legislation through advocacy work and campaigning, with the end goal of making Estonia a fair and safe country for all. This organization also works with several other LGBT+ communities within Europe and Estonia.
  • Festheart – LGBT+ Film Festival Estonia

    ESTONIA| 2017
    Festheart occurs every October in Rakvere and Tartu, with the goal of bringing together various social groups through film.
  • Seta

    FINLAND| 1974
    SETA aims for an equal sociey that includes all communities in Finland. Their current focus is to reform gender recognition legislation, the well-being of LGBTI youth and seniors, and creating equal family law.
  • Trasek

    Trasek provides reports about the LGBTQI freedom and developments in Finland and Europe and provides information and aid to those who are going through the gender change process and professionals in the LGBTQI field.
  • Cineffable – Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival

    FRANCE| 1989
    Cineffable is a women only film festival that promotes the visbility of lesbian women and female women, especially in the realm of cinema and film production. This festival offers lesbian and female film directors the chance to premiere and gain notority for their work, as well as create a safe space for all who identify.
  • Le Refuge

    FRANCE| 2003
    Le Refuge is a resource for LGBT+ youth who are dealing with family rejection, discrimination, and bullying. It focuses on youth ages 14-25 and provides support and accomdation while they work to rebuild their lives.
  • SOS Homophobie 

    FRANCE| 1994
    SOS Homophobie is a helpline offering counseling and support to victims of homophobia and publishes reports about homophobia (based on testimonies collected through the helpline). It also is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as it provides resources and information that is relevant to public education.
  • Urgence homophobie

    FRANCE| 2017
    Urgence Homophobie helps LGBT+ asylum seekers globally find refuge in France and fights for equality of the LGBT+ community in France.
  • (Lesben und Schwulenverband – LSVD) Lesbian and Gay Association

    GERMANY| 1990
    LSVD works for LGBT+ people in Germany to be accepted and seen as a normal part of society. This organization focuses on LGBT+ rights in Article 3 of the German Basic Law (no discrimination), rights in German government, media, parties, and trade unions, and acts as a contact point for LGBT+ people who are facing problems.
  • Maneo

    GERMANY| 1990
    Maneo is one of Germany's main gay anti-violence projects. It provides victim help, a violence/anti-gay acts reporting office, anti-gay prevention work, case studies and information, and connections to other LGBT+ networks.
  • Athens Pride

    Athens Pride is an annual festival celebrating the LGBT+ community in Greece and raising awareness of the discrimination that this community faces in Greece.
  • Color Youth – LGBTQ Youth Community of Athens

    GREECE| 2011
    Color Youth is a youth community fighting discrimination against LGBT+ people. This group offers weekly meetings, records discrimination and violence based on gender/sexual identity and expression, offers psychological support for victims, and many other important resources to the LGBT+ community.
  • Faros

    Faros is a project that works to strengthen monitoring, protection, and prevention against LGBT+ hate crimes. This group focuses on increasing public and governing bodies knowledge of the needs of this community and creating a safe network of support of the LGBT+ community.
  • (A Labrisz Leszbikus Egyesületet) Labrisz Lesbian Association

    HUNGARY| 1999
    Labrisz Lesbian Association provides a social space for lesbian and bisexual women and works to normalize and support lesibian and bisexual culture.
  • (Magyar LMBT Szövetség) Hungarian LGBT Association

    HUNGARY| 2011
    The Hungarian LGBT Association acts an umbrella organization that represents various LGBT organizations in Hungary. The goal of this group is to improve communication across organizations and to coordinate goals and actions.
  • Háttér Társaság

  • Belong To

    IRELAND| 2003
    Belong To supports LGBT+ youth in Ireland with the goal of creating a world where they feel safe and equal. Belong To also provides support and counseling to youth and campaigns for their rights publically.
  • Belong To: LGBTQ+ Youth Ireland

    Belong To is a national organization supporting young queer people through solution-based advocacy at the institutional level. 
  • The National LGBT Federation (NXF) 

    IRELAND| 1979
    NXF is Ireland's oldest LGBT+ NGO and publishes several journals/newpapers/resources regarding LGBT+ status and rights. NXF also hosts conferences that work with current LGBT issues and policy developments.
  • (Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli) Mario Mieli Homosexual Culture Club

    ITALY| 1983
    Mario Mieli focuses on the enforcement and protection of the rights of LGBTQI+ people in Italy, fights discrimination, and promotes social and cultural activities within the community. It offers a helpline, HIV/AIDS medical aid, a library, and several other excellent resources for the LGBTQI+ community in Italy.
  • Arcigay

    ITALY| 1985
    Arcigay is Italy's main LGBTI+ NGO, with a substantional number of volunteers and activists throughout the country. At the national level, Arcigay works for political and institutional change through advocacy and campaigning. At the local level, it supports smaller associations that promote local education, growth and community.
  • (Mozaīka) Mosaic

    LATVIA| 2006
    Mosaic works to improve the legal status of the LGBT+ community in Latvia. Some of its goals are creating laws/acts prohibiting intolerance and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, promoting public education of different gender identities, sexualities, and family models, and creating a stronger LGBT+ community in Latvia and globally.
  • LGBT House Riga

    LATVIA| 2020
    LGBT House Riga is a support center for the LGBT+ community and represents several other organizations and interest groups in the LGBT community.
  • National LGBT Rights Organization (LGL)

    LITHUANIA| 1993
    LGL is the only LGBT rights non-governmental organization in Lithuania. It focuses on the human rights of the LGBT community through advocacy, awareness raising, and community building.

    LUXEMBOURG| 2002
    CIGALE is the center of LGBT+ communities in Luxembourg and offers advice and support to all who are seeking aid/information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. It is officially recognized by the Luxembourg Ministry of Family, Integration, and the Greater Region. Some of the aid offered by CIGALE includes STI/STD screenings, report and recommedations that go to national authorities, education and culture building, and several other helpful resources to the LGBT+ community and supporters.
  • Rosa Lëtzebuerg

    LUXEMBOURG| 1996
    Rosa Lëtzebuerg defends and promotes the rights of the LGBT+ community. It publishes regular information and resources and helps to organize the Luxembourg Pride Festival.
  • MGRM (Malta Gay Rights Movement)

    MALTA| 2001
    MGRM offers various support services to LGBTIQ individuals as well as their families and friends. These include the National Gay Helpline, the weekly LGBTIQ Youth Drop-In, social work and counselling support, legal advice, and on-line support through email and social media. This office is also responsible for delivering talks and training to raise awareness on LGBTIQ issues among students, professional bodies, employers and the general public.
  • A.S.V.Gay – Amsterdam Student Association Gay

    A.S.V. Gay brings together LGBT+ students and supportors and hosts several different kinds of activities for members regularly. This organization gives members opportunities to do some self discovery, to meet other LGBT+ people and improve the position of the LGBT+ society in the Netherlands and elsewhere.
  • COC Amsterdam

    COC Amsterdam advocates for LGBT+ rights in Amsterdam and takes a bottom up approach of working with local communities to make change. COC Amsterdam also focuses on creating a close relationship between those who identify as part of the LGBT community and straight people as it is more powerful and productive.
  • Stichting Pride Amsterdam

    Stitching Pride Amsterdam works to make those in the LGBT+ community more visible, normal, and accepted. The organization mainly organizes activities and events in public spaces in order to achieve this goal. Stitching Pride also offers information and resources for those looking to learn more.
  • (Kampania Przeciw Homofobii – KPH) Campaign Against Homophobia

    POLAND| 2001
    KPH works to battle violence and discrimination towards those in the LGBT+ community in Polands. KPH offers LGBT+ individuals and their family political, social, and legal aid, works on educating various professional groups, and creating a large allied movement.
  • Equaversity Poland

    The Equaversity Foundation, established in 2021 fundraises internationally to benefit the LGBT+ community in Poland and Eastern Europe. 
  • Lambda Warszawa

    POLAND| 1997
    Lambda Warszawa offers those in need with independent and expert support. These needs can due be to hardships with sexual orientation and gender identity, violence and discrimination, or other causes. This organization also hosts trainings to support the LGBT+ community and to educate and support other organizations, public institutions, and companies.
  • (rede ex aequo) ex aequo network

    PORTUGAL| 2003
    The eq aequo network represents LGBT+ members and supporters ages 16-30. This group works with LGBT+ youth to support them and educate society. This network has LGBT+ youth centers across the country that organizes social events and commradery, organizes education sessions about LGBT+ youth at schools and hosts annual events.
  • Amplos

    PORTUGAL| 2009
    AMPLOS is an organization for parents who are fighting for a more just and accepting society of the LGBT+ community. It works with parents who's children are in the coming out process, to make parents more accepting, and to give parents aid in helping their children.
  • ACCEPT Association

    ROMANIA| 1994
    The ACCEPT Association defends LGBT+ rights a national level and works to change the mentality around LGBT+ identities in Romania. This organization organizes Bucharest Pride festival, lobbies on LGBT+ legislation, anti-discrimination, and education for these rights and identities, spreads information regarding this topic, and works with grass roots movements.
  • Ganymedes

    SLOVAKIA| 1990
  • Legebitra

    SLOVENIA| 1997
    Legebitra focuses on LGBT+ rights through bettering legal protections and educating the general public. Some of its resources include testing for HIV/STIs, counseling, a youth center and library, educational workshops and training, and legal advocacy and advice.
  • Pride Parade Society

  • (FELGBT – Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales) State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, Bisexuals, Intersexuals, and more

    SPAIN| 1992
    FELGBT represents several LGBT+ organizations across Spain. It focuses on 3 main goals: legal equality and social respect, awareness and reporting, and training of volunteers and activists.
  • AEGAL (The Association of Companies and Professionals for Gays and Lesbians in Madrid and the Madrid Region)

  • Arcópoli


    SPAIN| 1986
    COGAM is one of the first LGBT organizations in Madrid and has worked on intiatives like same-sex marriage in Spain, carrying out rapid HIV tests, and going to education centers to teach about gender and sexual diversity. COGAM also has legal, medical, and psychological consulting resources, care for those with HIV/AIDS, other health services, and educational programs.
  • Pegasus

    SWEDEN| 2014
    Pegasus is RFSL's youth branch, working with those ages 15-25. This organization focuses on young people (especially women) who are involved or forced into prositution/selling sex. Another main point is the counseling/mentorship that Pegasus offers, that acts as a safe place for young LGBT+ people.
  • RFSL (Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas, transpersoners och queeras rättigheter) – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights

    SWEDEN| 1950
    RFSL is one of the world's oldest LGBT+ organizations and works locally, nationally, and globally. This organization undertakes seveal projects, including a a crime victim support unit, a support group for people who are newly arrived in Sweden, and unit that works exclusively with HIV and health. RFSL also have a large international unit, working across East Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
  • Stonewall

    Stonewall is and has been a major organization campaigning to LGBT+ rights in England and globally. This organization offers accredited training programs and education, tons of resources (ranging from asylum, advice for disabled LGBT+ people, parenting rights, and more), and works to change social ideas and policy in the UK surrounding the LGBT+ community.

    AKT focuses on young LGBT+ people in the UK who are struggling to find housing or are living in a hostile environment. This organization offers aid by placing young peope into safe homes, with employment, education, and training. It also publishes reports and relevant information.

    Kaleidoscope Trust is an organization fighting for the rights of LGBT+ across the British Commonwealth. This organization works to support activists and grassroots movements to be able to make concrete legal and social changes.

Civil Society Organizations - Diversity