STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2014 – 2016

FOREWORD

The GENDERDOC-M Information Centre was founded on 8 May 1998 and is the oldest non-governmental organisation actively advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in the Republic of Moldova. During its existence, GENDERDOC-M has implemented more than fifty projects of different scale. They aimed at the realisation of organisation’s strategic objectives in various periods of its developments. The achievement of results was carried out by raising society’s awareness about sexual orientation and gender identity, lobbying interests and rights of LGBT in the state structures and international organisations, strategic litigation, HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, promoting healthy lifestyle, carrying out social and cultural events, providing psychological and legal counselling to community members, maintaining support groups (for transgender individuals, HIV-positive gay men, elderly gay men, and family and friends of LGBT), working with professional groups (psychologists, sociologists, journalists, police, medical workers), etc. 

The GENDERDOC-M Information Centre is a Board member and cofounder of the Nondiscrimination Coalition, member of the National Coordinating Council on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, National Youth Council of Moldova, ILGA-Europe (the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), and IGLYO (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation).

The work of the Centre has been recognised in Moldova (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Human Rights Center, Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, etc.), as well as internationally (Council of Europe, European Parliament, representation of UN and OSCE in Moldova). The GENDERDOC-M Information Centre has been certified as an organisation of public benefit by the Ministry of Justice confirming the important role of the Centre in social work at the national level. In 2012 Centre received an award from the UN Office in Moldova for its “work on combating discrimination through litigation, advocacy and awareness raising activities”. The awards’ explanatory Memorandum says that the NGO “is the only organisation in the country defending LGBT rights at the national and international levels”. The experts called GENDERDOC-M “a national human rights voice, as well as a regional human rights leader in the field of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as combating discrimination more broadly”.

The GENDERDOC-M Centre is a democratic membership-based organisation. The annual assembly of its members is the main decision-making body. The assembly accepts new members, endorses the general direction of organisation’s activities and yearly financial reports and elects the seven-member Board and its Chairperson. The Senate in the person of its Chair directs the organisation between the general assembly meetings. The Senate approves organisational strategies designed by the staff and maintains the overall control over organisation’s finances, as well as it appoints the Executive Director.  The Executive Director is engaged in the ongoing management of organisation: financial management, implementation of the organisation’s strategic directions of activity, recruitment and dismissal of employees and the current planning.

Organisational Structure

The GENDERDOC-M Centre is a democratic membership-based organisation. The annual assembly of its members is the main decision-making body. The assembly accepts new members, endorses the general direction of organisation’s activities and yearly financial reports and elects the seven-member Board and its Chairperson. The Board in the person of its Chair directs the organisation between the general assembly meetings. The Senate approves organisational strategies designed by the staff and maintains the overall control over organisation’s finances, as well as it appoints the Executive Director.  The Executive Director is engaged in the ongoing management of organisation: financial management, implementation of the organisation’s strategic directions of activity, recruitment and dismissal of employees and the current planning.

In the organisation’s staff, as well as in the organisation’s Board, gender balance is respected. There are employed 40% of women and 60% of men (including trans person); the Chairperson of the organisation and the Executive Director are women. Staff members are people of various ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. Non-discrimination principle is included in organisation’s employment and dismissal policy. GENDERDOC-M office is a safe space where visitors and staff members are welcome to freely express their identities.   

STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2018 - 2020

Mission, vision, guiding values and principles

Mission of organisation

Creation of a favourable legislative, legal and social environment within society for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by means of developing the LGBT community, awareness raising, advocating for rights, providing services and building organisation’s capacity.

Vision of organisation

External: A society open towards diversity where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are visible and enjoy equal rights.

Internal: A reputable human rights organisation promoting interests of LGBT people and responding to their needs. 

We believe that:

  • Everyone has rights and freedoms, including civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights
  • No one shall be subjected to discrimination and humiliation of human dignity on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity 
  • Everyone has the right to access to reliable information about all aspects of the sexual orientation and gender identity 
  • Human rights organisations and activists should be guided by the principles of universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of human rights, including in the respect of LGBT
  • The state must prevent, and in case of commission of an offence, bring the offender to justice for the acts of discrimination, violence or incitement to violence and hatred, humiliation or insult of a person on the ground of sexual orientation and /or gender identity
  • The state and mass media must objectively inform the public about various aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Everyone has the right to recognisition and expression  of one’s gender identity
  • The state must legislatively recognise same-sex couples and their equivalence with the opposite-sex couples

Guiding principles and values

  • Understanding and acceptance of diversity, equality, and humanism
  • Individual approach in the work with LGBT people and other Centre’s beneficiaries, preservation of confidentiality
  • Inclusion and intersectionality
  • Respect of personal boundaries
  • Activism
  • Transparency
  • Solidarity, professionalism at work, democratic decision making, personal and professional growth, dedication to the mission, values and strategic goals of organisation
  • Good care of organisation's property  
  • Human rights, gender equality and respect of human dignity
  • Pluralism of views and opinions
  • Feminist approach
  • Environmental friendliness

Chapter II. Strategic programmes of organisation for 2018-2020:

  1. Organisational Capacity Building Programme
  1. LGBT Rights Lobby and Advocacy Programme
  1. LGBT Community Development Programme
  1. LGBT Health Programme

Organisational Capacity Building Programme

Outcome: GDM is a strong, professional and sustainable and gender-responsive organisation

Outputs:

  • Program and Project Management capacity improved
  • Financial sustainability and financial management has improved
  • Human resources management and staff development have improved
  • Gender-responsive Human resources management and staff development have improved bodies of GDM function according to good practice
  • Governing bodies of GDM function according to good practice
  • Partner LGBT organisations from the region receive support from GDM
  • Systematic work with GDM volunteers has improved

LGBT Rights Lobby and Advocacy Programme

Impact: The level of homophobia and transphobia within society have decreased

Outcomes and Outputs:

  • The legislative and legal framework for LGBT people has improved
    • An increased number of Strategic litigation cases on SOGI initiated in courts
    • Alternative reports on SOGI prepared by GDM and submitted to international and local organisations
    • Lobbying and advocacy activities (such as press conferences, conferences, round tables, trainings etc) carried out by GDM
  • Public perception of LGBT people has improved
    • Regularly updated organizational website and Facebook page
    • Conducted information campaigns on LGBT issues for general public
    • Professionals (journalists, police, social workers, students, psychologists etc) are trained on SOGI, disaggregated by gender
    • Report on LGBT coverage by mass media
    • An increasing number of Pride Festival participants and activities
  • An increasing number of Civil Society Organisations supports and backs up LGBT rights
  • GDM has participated at other partner NGO's activities on human rights and gender equality (conferences, round tables, public actions, etc.) GDM has organized activities on intersectionality in partnership with other CSOs
  • GDM has organized activities on intersectionality in partnership with other CSOs

LGBT Community Development Programme

Impact: Empowered LGBT community and their families

Outcomes and outputs:

  • Family members of LGBT are more active in advocating for LGBT equality
    • Family members of LGBT people increasingly participate at peer support group meetings in the office
    • Family members of LGBTs have been empowered and increased their activism by means of trainings 
  • An increasing number of beneficiaries use and access GDM's services (psychological counselling, legal counselling, information services, etc), disaggregated by gender
    • LGBT people have participated in GDM’s social, information, entertainment, education and other activities in the office and friendly spaces, disaggregated by gender
    • LGBT people and their families are informed about GDM’s services
  • LGBT people benefitting from GDM’s services report violation of their rights to state authorities
    • LGBT people have benefitted by legal counselling provided by GDM
    • LGBT people have benefitted from GDM’s information activities on their rights, disaggregated by gender, age, location etc.

 

LGBT Health Programme

Impact: Lesser spread of HIV/STIs  among LGBT community and other MSM

Outcomes and outputs:

  • By the end of 2020 the share of MSM and TG that take care of their health has increased in Chisinau and Balti
    • MSM and LGBT are tested on HIV/STI with rapid tests, disaggregated by gender (for LGBT)
    • MSM and LGBT are psychologically counselled
    • MSM and LGBT are trained in health issues
    • MSM and LGBT approached services of the organization (ex: free access to condoms, lubricants etc.), disaggregated by gender
  • LB women and TG men that know their sexual-reproductive health status as a result of GDM‘s increased activities in Chisinau every year
    • LB women and TG men are tested on HIV/STI with rapid tests by GDM
    • LB women and TG have free access to Condoms, lubricants and gynaecological  at GDM
    • LB women and TG men are psychologically counselled
    • LB women and TG men are trained in health issues, by topic
    • MSM and LGBT approached services of the organization (ex: free access to condoms, lubricants etc.), disaggregated by gender

 

Environment-sensitive approach

Taking into consideration that environment protection is one of organisation's values, GENDERDOC-M intends to implement its three-year strategic plan applying environment-sensitive approach. All activities within this three-year plan will be implemented with the maximum reduction of activity-related waste and all activity-related purchases, including stationery, will be of ecological or recyclable origin.

Also, GENDERDOC-M management will do its best to approach its office to the greenest standards. At the moment, organisation applies the standard of waste separation, water and energy saving, to respecting which all staff have signed up. GENDERDOC-M's staff and volunteers share the principles of environmental sustainability and organise and participate in green area cleaning actions organised by various environmental initiatives.

BANK INFORMATION

Today, all services offered to the LGBT community and other stakeholders in Moldova, as well as in the post-Soviet space, by the GENDERDOC-M Information Centre are free of charge. Your donation can be of great importance for their further maintenance and development.

Bank information for transfers EURO

Name of Account: AO Information Center GENDERDOC-M

Fiscal Code: 1010620005634

Bank Name: JSCB “Mobiasbanca - Groupe Societe Generale” S.A.

Bank Address: Str. Stefan cel Mare 81 A, Chisinau, MD-2012, Republic of Moldova

Account Number: 2224710SV12630857100

IBAN: MD13MO2224ASV12630857100

Bank Transfer Code/SWIFT: MOBBMD22

Bank information for transfers USD

Name of Account: AO Information Center GENDERDOC-M

Fiscal Code: 1010620005634

Bank Name: JSCB “Mobiasbanca - Groupe Societe Generale” S.A.

Bank Address: Str. Stefan cel Mare 81 A, Chisinau, MD-2012, Republic of Moldova

Account Number: 2224710SV12130377100

IBAN: MD11MO2224ASV12130377100

Bank Transfer Code/SWIFT: MOBBMD22

Informaţii bancare pentru transfer MDL

Posesor cont: AO Centrul de Inforomaţii GENDERDOC-M

Cod fiscal:1010620005634

Denumirea băncii: BC “Mobiasbanca - Groupe Societe Generale” S.A.

Adresa băncii: Chişinau, Str. Ştefan cel Мare 81 А

Cont decontare: 2224710SV12252227100

IBAN: MD78MO2224ASV12252227100

Cod bancar: MOBBMD22

CONTACT INFORMATION

GENDERDOC-M Information Centre

Address: str. Valeriu Cupcea 72/1, Chişinău, Republica Moldova

Tel.: /373 22/ 288861, 288863

Fax: /373 22/ 280194

Web: www.gdm.md

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gdm.md