Launch of EU funded project “Unspoken: Creating Dialogue on
LGBTI Rights in the Turkish Cypriot Community”

(Nicosia, 20/1/16) A new project: “Unspoken: Creating Dialogue on LGBTI Rights in the Turkish Cypriot Community” implemented by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), Queer Cyprus Association and Thomson Foundation and funded by the European Union will be launched this Saturday, January 23 rd at the Home for Cooperation.
The Unspoken project aims to increase LGBTI awareness in the Turkish Cypriot community and particularly within various key sectors such as media, education, law and health on the rights of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community in order to combat discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation as well as improving levels of media coverage and public debate in order to achieve social change.
The launch event will begin with opening remarks by Michaela Foresti, Head of the Programme Team of the Task Force for the Turkish Cypriot community of the European Commission and will continue with a brief presentation of the project by the project team. The launch event will be
followed by a reception accompanied by live music.
The Unspoken project will run for 2 years and aims to not only run an awareness-raising campaign in order to increase the visibility and public awareness of LGBTI rights and issues in the northern part of Cyprus, but also target lasting change in the representation of the LGBTI community in the mainstream media and public spheres to ultimately create a positive shift towards a more inclusive media and society in the northern part of Cyprus.
Within the framework of Unspoken, the partner organizations will carry out a number of activities including attitude mapping surveys, seminars for various professional groups, yearly media monitoring reports, communication and advocacy trainings for activists, and a toolkit for media professionals.

Launch of EU funded project “Unspoken: Creating Dialogue on LGBTI Rights in the Turkish Cypriot Community”