Young Queer Alliance (YQA)

ABOUT

The Young Queer Alliance (YQA) is a non-governmental, youth-led and apolitical organisation registered in the Republic of Mauritius to empower youth, promote equality and leading change in the field of Sexual Orientation, Gender Expression and Gender Identity.

Founded on the 1st February 2014 – a date that Mauritius commemorates the Abolition of Slavery –YQA was officially registered on the 1st September 2014 after a successful complaint at the Equal Opportunities Commission due to homophobic authorities.

Within these few years of existence, through advocacy, activism and field interventions on various legal, social, policy making and health matters, coupled with a strong networking among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) youth and other stakeholders, YQA has positioned itself as a reference in the struggle for equality in the Republic of Mauritius for the LGBTQI community at large and for local and regional actors.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Young Queer Alliance is dedicated to advance human rights and youth empowerment in the Republic of Mauritius with a focus on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression.

Supported by various local and regional governmental and non-governmental organisations and philanthropies, instilling the culture of volunteering, YQA seeks at empowering youth for them to promote equality and be leaders of change. For this, our main pillars of action are:

EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS

No movement, no organisation exist without a critical mass of individuals with the ability to mobilise, organise and act. At YQA we believe in human potential and their work, and the difference they can make for LGBTQI people in their communities – at workplace, in schools and at home. We equip young people and community actors with the appropriate tools and confidence to be role models and leaders so as to network and influence others.

PROMOTING ACCEPTANCE AND CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

Mauritius is a concentration of richness of civilisations and diversity inter-mingled. Believing in the tested aptitudes of Mauritians to be accepting and celebrating diversity, the Young Queer Alliance goes in communities reaching people from a diverse range of ages, sexes and ethnic and religious appurtenance to foster dialogue on issues of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression.

The commitment to promoting acceptance and celebrating diversity is further translated to actions through numerous media interventions, visibility, I-stories and promoting space-sharing between LGBTQI and heterosexuals.

RECLAIMING AND CHANGING LAWS

Strong and accountable institutions and representatives are key components in the struggle for equality. At YQA, we will continue to lobby government and political representatives to amend laws that do not ensure equality for LGBTQI people or enforce existing laws on sexual orientation. We will also empower institutions and hold them accountable for violations of basic human rights.

Despite the progress for Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals (LGB), we recognise that transpeople are still not recognised under laws in Mauritius and LGBTQI people face harassment, discrimination, persecution and lack of equal opportunities. Thus, at YQA, we will continue fighting to ensure that transpeople are regarded as citizens with equal rights as well as continuously holding local representatives accountable for laws they pass and decision they take as well as advocating for a better society.

VISION

The Young Queer Alliance envisions a society where “being human is the sole prerequisite to have equal human rights”.

SERVICES

YQA provides various services to attain its mission:

  1. Education, empowerment and sensitisation
  2. Psycho-social counselling and case management
  3. HIV/AIDS and STIs prevention
  4. Safe spaces and emergency sheltering
  5. Advocacy and litigation

WEBSITE   http://www.youngqueeralliance.com

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