Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP)

The Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) is a 13-month-long training and mentoring program for the LGBTIQ+ activists from Global South and East to affect change at home through UN advocacy. The program is visionary as well as unique in its approach to combining both the human rights and the development frameworks, especially the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. Participants will gain hands-on advocacy experience by engaging with UN processes, learning from experts and peers, and by implementing an advocacy project in their constituencies. LGBTIQ+ activists who have basic knowledge about international human rights mechanisms, have 1-3 years of advocacy experience and belong to an LGBTIQ organization are the primary target groups for this program.

  • First Phase: September 5 – 14, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Second Phase: October 2018 – July 2019
  • Third Phase: One week in July 2019, NY, USA


The targeted participants of RAP 2018 are LGBTIQ activists from countries in the Global South and East as listed by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Applicants who are from DAC listed countries but living/working in another country are also welcome. You are eligible to apply for the Rainbow Advocacy Program if you:

  • Are ready to commit to the full 13-months period of the program
  • Are from a country in Global South and East according to the list of Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Click on this link to see if your country is listed under DAC: https://goo.gl/kF4cqr
  • Self-identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • Have 1-3 years of advocacy experience, locally, nationally, regionally or internationally
  • Have basic knowledge about international human rights mechanisms
  • Belong to an LGBTIQ organization
  • Have a role in the organization which includes advocacy work
  • Your organization is working, or planning to work, with international advocacy as part of its strategy for the coming years
  • Can freely communicate in English, both in written and oral form

Priority will be given to underrepresented groups, especially women of color, trans, and intersex individuals from the regions.


Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) is a unique opportunity for underrepresented LGBTIQ activists from the Global South and East to learn, network, collaborate and gain hands-on experience on UN advocacy.

Each cycle of the program is divided into three phases: an intensive training coinciding with a UN advocacy forum, a follow-on advocacy project and a final convening during another high level advocacy forum. A mentorship component of the program will enable participants to have continuous access to expertise during the implementation period of the advocacy project. Moreover, a small-scale financial support will ensure that the participants have the necessary resources, along with the network and skills gained through the trainings, to implement the project. A digital learning platform will work as the go-to knowledge hub enriched with relevant contents for the program.

The main objective of the program is twofold: strengthen advocacy capacity of LGBTIQ organizations from Global South and East and facilitate participation of underrepresented groups in the international advocacy forums. In doing so, the program aims to:

  • Provide learning-by-doing opportunity to activists
  • Share knowledge, information, resources, network and contacts
  • Provide access to UN advocacy spaces
  • Sustain UN engagement in an informed, effective and safe manner
  • Secure more spaces for the civil society at UN forums
  • Create a pool of community experts to engage in international advocacy


RFSL will bear all the costs related to the training for all the selected participants, except local travel within participants’ own country e.g. to and from the airport. Moreover, a small financial support will be provided to participants to implement their advocacy projects. Adequate per-diem will also be available for the duration of the training.


The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018.Eligible applicants are welcome to fill out the online form, which cannot be saved but can be worked on for as long as the tab is open. So please make sure you have a stable internet, power connection and other documents ready before starting to fill out the form.

Initial screening will be based on the quality of the application. Make sure to submit a complete application package including:

  • the completed form, CV,
  • one recommendation letter from the organization head and
  • a proposal for the Learning on the Spot Advocacy project.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants selected during the initial screening will go through an oral interview in May 2018 before they are informed about the final selection in June 2018.

You will find all the information and the application form here: https://www.rfsl.se/en/ organisation/international/ rainbow-advocacy-program/

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