We’re organising a bicommunal gender and sexuality workshop in Nicosia between 27 and 29 December 2017. It’s an opportunity for young women and LGBTQ people from both north and south to meet, discuss, and develop the skills to advocate for social justice within their communities.
Over the course of three days, workshop participants will read and talk about issues that concern women and LGBTQ people in Cyprus. These include objectification and beauty norms, sexism, slut-shaming and women’s sexuality, homophobia in schools and families, and the challenges of coming out and living an openly queer life in Cyprus.
The workshop is meant to provide a safe space for young women and LGBTQ individuals to express themselves freely and without fear of judgment. As such, it is only open to people around 15—18 years old who identify as women or LGBTQ, or are questioning their sexuality or gender identity. LGBTQ persons need not be out in order to take part—we really encourage those who are concerned about coming out to apply.
Because the project is bicommunal, workshop discussions will be in English.
You can apply to the workshop by filling out this application form. The application deadline is December 10, 11:59pm.
We hope that we’ll be able to accept all applications. But if we get too many, we might have to choose between them in order to keep the groups down to a manageable size.
Participants will be asked to pay a 20 euro fee to cover the costs of dinner and snacks, plus logistical costs like printing. If it’s difficult for you to pay the fee, please email us explaining your situation and we will be happy to waive it.
The workshop will take place from approximately 3:00pm to 7:00pm on December 27, 28, and 29—make sure you can be there for these times! If you have to miss lots, it’s best not to apply.