- On November 1, 2018
Last week the annual ILGA-Europe conference took place in Brussels. Our Deputy Director, Declan Meehan, attended on behalf of Cara-Friend. Over the course of the conference there were a number of talks and seminars on a variety of issues of vital importance to the LGBTQ+ community across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.
As part of these discussions efforts were made to bring together organisations and individuals who are all working on LGBTQ+ issues in education and school settings, as well as those who want to learn more about how to do so. A meeting was held to set up the European LGBTI Education Network, with participants from Ireland, the UK, Iceland, Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Italy, Estonia and Albania.
“There is so much duplication in each LGBTQ+ community sector across Europe. We are all working – or attempting to work – in the same area, so it made sense for us to share resources and learning” said Declan Meehan, Deputy Director of Cara-Friend. “Some of what we have learnt here in Northern Ireland, and a lot of what we have done and published, will be of use to others across Europe so collaborating and sharing is the best way to do that.”