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Awareness is half the battle

By Maria Gregoriou

Next Friday two women will be the first to enter into a formal civil partnership in Cyprus, so it is clear the rights that the LGBTI community fought for for so long have finally been put in motion.

As this may be the case in the Greek-Cypriot community, the Turkish-Cypriot side also has the chance to know what is going on with the launch of the project titled Unspoken: Creating Dialogue on LGBTI Rights in the Turkish Cypriot Community.

The launch will take place tomorrow at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia, and is being implemented by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), Queer Cyprus Association and Thomson Foundation and funded by the European Union.

Unspoken aims to increase LGBTI awareness in the Turkish Cypriot community and particularly within various areas such as media, education, law and health on the rights of LGBTI individuals. The hope is that knowledge will decrease discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.

The launch event will begin with opening remarks by Michaela Foresti, Head of the EU Programme Support Office and continue with a brief presentation of the project.

After the launch there will be a cocktail reception accompanied by live music.

Unspoken: Creating Dialogue on LGBTI Rights in the Turkish Cypriot Community
Project launch to raise awarness in the Turkish Cypriot community. January 23. Home for Cooperation, Nicosia. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tel: 22-445740

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