Tunisian LGBT rights group provides vital services during pandemic


The Tunisian LGBT rights group Mawjoudin (Arabic for “We Exist”) has been providing vital services to vulnerable community members through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its just-released annual newsletter. Mawjoudin was founded in 2014 by feminist and LGBTQI+ activists to advocate for sexual minorities and fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, sex, gender, and gender identity. In addition to its advocacy work, it maintains a network of friendly health and legal professionals and organizes an annual Queer Film Festival. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a great demand for the group’s counseling and other services, Mawjoudin states in its newsletter. “The virus has an impact on the world in general and on all groups, especially vulnerable groups in Tunisia, including the queer community, asylum seekers, immigrants, and women who live in a vulnerable situation,” the newsletter reads.

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