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Exchange program for journalists 2020

Covering LGBTQ issues in transnational journalism - German-Ukrainian journalist exchange

Two research trips to Berlin and to Kiew and Zaporyzhzhia offer German and Ukrainian journalists the possibility to discuss sexual diversity and anti-discrimination. Besides the research activities, the programme will include transnational collegial exchange as well as talks with political decision-makers and NGOs. The National Ukrainian Human Rights Strategy until 2020 should provide an impetus for this exchange programme. The articles written by the participating journalists will be published on diverse platforms and will reach high media coverage.

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In order to move closer to the EU the Ukrainian government set up the National Human Rights Strategy in 2015 aiming to stop discrimination against people with diverse sexual orientation in everyday-life. At the Munich Security Conference 2016, former Ukrainian President Poroschenko stated that overcoming homophobia is necessary to be part of the European Community of Values. However, the implementation of the National Human Rights Strategy until 2020 has stalled under the new government by Selenskyj.

The exchange programme in autumn 2020 therefore offers the possibility to take a closer look at the political reforms from a journalistic perspective and also highlights the impacts on people with diverse sexual orientation in Ukraine.


Realisation and Goals:

The programme addresses German and Ukrainian journalists up to the age of 35. We will invite both groups to a study trip either to Berlin (for Ukrainian participants) or to Kiew and Zaporyzhzhia (for German participants) to do research on “Sexual Diversity and Anti-Discrimination”. To get a deeper insight into the current challenges in each country, we will invite LGBT-activists to the programme. The articles will be published in English on the project website and social media of the Ukrainian NGO “gender z” as well as in newspapers in both countries.

With the programme we aim at the following:

  1. Promoting broad media coverage of the topics mentioned
  2. Empowering journalists and activists
  3. Strengthening the Ukrainian partner and much more LGBT non-state activists
  4. Capacity-building for journalists


Research trips and application:

Research trip to Kiew and Zaporyzhzhia (for German journalists), 21.-29.11.2020
Research trip to Berlin (for Ukrainian journalists), 4.-11.12.2020

If you are interested in the project and want to receive additional information - just send us an E-mail. German participants can apply for the trip to Ukraine from 01.07.2020 to 30.08.2020. The announcement can be found here. Ukrainian participants will have a chance to apply via our Ukrainian partner Gender z.

There will be no participation fee - most costs will be covered. Please consider our information on how we are planning to deal with the current situation regarding COVID-19.

The project is funded and supported by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and is part of the programme "Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia (Eastern Partnership Programme)". For more information click here.


Sebastian Rösner
Head of Department EU & Europe
calls: +49 30 88412-202







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