Economic empowerment & advocacy

LGBTI equality through economic empowerment

countries prohibit discrimination in employment because of sexual orientation (ILGA)

The US trans population faces a rate of unemployment 3 times higher than the general population (National Center for Transgender Equality, 2016)

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of employed LGBT people in the EU experienced discrimination while at work (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights)

About LGBTI poverty

Micro Rainbow’s previous studies into LGBTI poverty in Cambodia, Brazil and among refugees in the United Kingdom have supported the argument that there is a link between discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity and poverty. 

They also show that when poverty is combined with multiple forms of discrimination, such as gender, race, class and, most importantly, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, there develops a reality of massive socio-economic inequality and exclusion. Put simply, LGBTI people pay a higher price to step out of poverty.

About our economic empowerment and advocacy programme

After piloting and testing activities for over ten years, we have shaped an LGBTI-refugee centred economic empowerment and advocacy programme which is already showing three interesting results:

  • It creates new, practical and life-changing opportunities for LGBTI refugees
  • It changes social attitudes and the negative stereotypes that society often associates with LGBTI refugees
  • It provides new data and life stories that are powerful tools for advocacy

    Getting started

    This consists of one-to-one support and advocacy to those who have recently become refugees in order to:

    • obtain National Insurance numbers
    • register with Universal Credit
    • open bank accounts

    Employability

    Micro Rainbow works with various partners, including the third and private sector, to:

    • provide one to one support over a period of six to twelve months to prepare and review a moving on plan (e.g. to find employment or access education)
    • organise workshops around CV writing and interviewing skills
    • facilitate job opportunities

    To understand how you could benefit from this work, read the case study of Michael.

    To apply for housing, please see Micro Rainbow’s housing programme. To join social inclusion activities, see Micro Rainbow’s social inclusion programme.

    For more information or to make a referral please email our moving on team or call the helpline.

    Success stories

    Case study

    Lesbian refugee from Nigeria

    “It is hard to survive in the UK when you don’t have a job, you don’t have friends with jobs, and your family members hate you because you are lesbian.”

    Latest updates

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    Why asylum seekers should be granted permission to work

    Jill Power, describes Micro Rainbow’s view on a controversial issue that affects the lives of thousands of people seeking refuge every year: granting asylum seekers the right to work while their asylum case is determined.

    Case study

    Lesbian refugee from Nigeria

    “It is hard to survive in the UK when you don’t have a job, you don’t have friends with jobs, and your family members hate you because you are lesbian.”

    UN HRC 27: Statement on the situation of human rights in Cambodia

    UN HRC 27: Statement on the situation of human rights in Cambodia

    Joint Statement, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network & International Lesbian and Gay Association Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Delivered by Alberto Ulises Quero Garcia 54:54 – 57:00 / Text is below

    Enfrentando a situação de pobreza das pessoas LGBTI

    Addressing the situation of poverty for LGBTI people

    At Micro Rainbow, we believe that many LGBTI people across the world are poor because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and LGBTI people trapped in poverty can break the poverty cycle if they are given the opportunity.

    Contacts

    For any small business training enquiries please email

    For any micro-finance enquiries please email

    For any moving on enquiries please email