About us

The Information Centre „GENDERDOC-M” was established on 8 May 1998 and is one of the oldest NGO actively promoting LGBT (lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people) community rights in Moldova. All along this period, GENDERDOC-M has carried out more than fifty projects at different levels. They were directed to achieve the Centre’s strategic goals during its development. In order to reach the goals, the Centre has informed society about sexual orientation and gender identity, by lobbying LGBT interests and rights within the state institutions and international organisations, by preventing HIV/AIDS and STD (sexually transmitted diseases), by promoting healthy life style, by organising social and cultural events, by offering psychological and legal assistance (to transgender people, seropositive gay people, older gay people, relatives of people from LGBT community), activities with professionals groups (psychologist, sociologists, journalists, policemen, doctors), etc.

GENDERDOC-M Centre is a member of the Council of Non-discrimination Coalition of the National HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Coordination Council, of the National Youth Council of Moldova, of ILGA-Europe Association (European Unit of the International Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), of IGLYO (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation).

The Centre’s work has been widely accepted in Moldova (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Centre for Human Rights, Parliamentary Commission for Human Rights, etc.), and in Europe (Council of Europe, European Parliament, UN Representative and OSCE Missions in the Republic of Moldova, etc.). The Ministry of Justice assigned to GENDERDOC-M the statute of public organisation and was awarded a certificate confirming its important role in the field of social assistance at national level. In 2012, the Centre was awarded the prize of the UN Resident Representative for the Republic of Moldova „for fighting discrimination, by solving litigations, by pleading and through information actions”. The explanatory memorandum highlights the fact that the organisation „is the single of this kind in Moldova, which protects the LGBT group’s interests and rights at national and international level”. Experts named the Centre „a national spokesperson, a regional leader” in protecting the rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people and, in general, in fighting discrimination in a broader sense.

The Centre „GENDERDOC-M” is a democratic organisation, based on membership. Its central body empowered to take decisions is the General Assembly, convened annually. During the General Assembly, new members are accepted, main areas of work are adopted, annual financial reports are adopted and the Senate, made up of seven people and the Senate’s President are elected. The Senate, on President’s behalf, manages the organisation during the period between the general assemblies. The Senate approves the strategy developed by the team and takes care of how the organisation’s financial resources are spent, and appoints an executive director. The Executive Director takes care of current situation of the organisation: finance management, implementation of strategic directions of work, current planning, as well as staff employment and dismissal.

Mission:

To create a legislative, legal and social framework for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people in society, by developing LGBT community, by informing, promoting rights and providing services, and expanding organisational capacities.

We are confident that

Vision: At external level: A society open to diversity, in which lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people are a distinct part of society, enjoying equal rights.

At national level: An empowered organisation for human rights, which promotes LGBT interests and covers their specific needs.

We are confident that:

  • Each person has equal rights, including civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.
  • Nobody has the right to discriminate and humiliate a person regardless of his/her sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Anybody has the right to access accurate information regarding the legal aspects related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Organisations and activists for human rights are to be guided by principles of universality, indivisibility, interdependence and close interconnection with human rights, including LGBT.
  • The state is obliged to prevent, and where an illegal action, to bring in to the court the offender charged with discrimination and violence actions, or incitement to violence and hatred, humiliation or insult of a person based on his/her sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • The State and mass-media are to inform objectively the public regarding various aspects of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Everybody has the right to be recognised and voice his gender identity.
  • The State should legally accept the existence of same-sex couples and provide the same rights as to heterosexual couples.