Welcome to the second VoiceMail, the bimonthly newsletter of Voice, with exciting updates around grantees and our five target groups, calls for proposals and other interesting news from the ten focus countries.

A global call for proposals for influencing grants will open on 1 July 2017



May 17 marks the annual International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. IDAHOT celebrates gender and sexual diversity and tackles stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) around the world. 
Seizing an unexpected opportunity resulted in an evening full of creativity at IDAHOT in Laos. More than fifty visitors gathered to see the shadow drama “Story of Kham” which was especially produced for IDAHOT. Akke Schuurmans, Senior Policy Advisor at Voice grantee MCNV, shares with us how that happened.
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"Story of Kham" shows issues that are often faced by young transgender people in areas like schooling, employment and sexual relations. 
 With IDAHOT in mind, Ruth Kimani, Voice Programme Officer in Kenya questions the situation of LGBTI people in East Africa.
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A huge victory for indigenous people in Kenya and beyond! The African Court of Human and Peoples Rights in Arusha issued a historic judgement in favour of the Ogiek community of Kenya - one of the last remaining forest-dwelling communities and among the most marginalised indigenous people in the country. Minority Rights Group, a Voice grantee, played an important role in this.
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