ASPIRE produces and distributes a wide range of educational material, hosts workshops, learning sessions, public talks on related sexual and reproductive health care and rights (SRHR) and Gender Based Violience 



DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago is implemented by a consortium led by Interarts in association with Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA). The overall objective of the project is to contribute to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) and LGBTI discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago by promoting societal cultural changes and by enhancing the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to counter them. DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago draws from the DECIDES Caribbean project, begun in 2016 and, like the latter, it develops research, training and awareness raising activities to root out biases and promote behavioural changes.

DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago is co-funded by the European Commission through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), and supervised by the Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago. It will seek cooperation and synergies between women’s and LGBTI organizations to join forces towards common goals with the ultimate aim of promoting respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The proposed action emerges from the identification of different issues affecting the above-mentioned groups, such as:

1. Lack of relevant surveys and statistical data: there is a need for reliable data on the socioeconomic cost of violence and discrimination due to gender or sexual orientation or identity. 

2. Cultural bias of professionals coping with gender-based violence and LGBTI issues: many victims, both of GBV and LGBTI tend to not report the abuse because of lack of trust towards official agencies (due to recurrent biases, victimization and discrimination). 

3. Cultural normalization of gender-based violence and discrimination towards LGBTI and little awareness on their consequences, impact on women’s, children’s and LGBTI people’s health as well as on the health, development and economy of society as a whole. 

4. Little resources and advocacy power of civil society organizations that can often count only on voluntary work because of scarce resources and lack of professionalization, and tend to compete for resources rather than cooperate towards a common goal.

To address these issues, the implementing organizations will conduct research in the field of GBV and LGBTI discrimination; advocate towards relevant actors to improve the legal framework both regarding GBV and LGBTI rights and to create synergies and networks of stakeholders; organize networking events and workshops -about data collection, monitoring, project management, advocacy and lobbying using cultural tool- to strengthen CSOs’ capacities; issue a call for proposals to grant financial support to third-party organizations to develop LGBTI rights related projects; develop awareness-raising cultural activities such as audio-visual productions, a photographic exhibit, a performance on carnival/calypso, journalistic reports, and communication campaigns.

start date

1 April 2017


To improve data collection and better knowledge of trends and key features regarding GBV and LGBTI discrimination.

To strengthen CSOs’, women’s and LGBTI community’s capacities of networking, advocating and lobbying with key stakeholders.

To enhance the perception and capacity of professionals from the gender, justice, health, education and political systems to respond to victims’/survivors’ needs and to create a network aiming at GBV Response Teams.

To increase prevention of GBV and LGBTI discrimination through a community-driven approach aimed at raising awareness and changing cultural behaviours, also of perpetrators.


1 comprehensive report about relevant data and 2 proposals for guidelines.

1 collaborative platform.

2 hand-outs: capacity building material for CSOs.

4 manuals: educational material for stakeholders.

6 sets of Learning Partnerships with key stakeholders.

A stable network for integrated GBV/LGBTI Response Teams hosted by stable local institutions.

2 guidelines for prevention measures and anti-discrimination legislation at a national level.

1 shared website.

1 video/documentary about LGBTI issues and rights.

2 types of informative brochures (10,000 copies of each).

1 transmedia product that includes web and tv clips, 1 app, digital storytelling interactive processes.

2 journalistic reports with related pictures.

1 performance related to carnival and/or calypso.


Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE)

Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA)

DECIDES in the Caribbean Region

Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago


Questions related to the call as well as the project proposals submitted to the call, have to be sent to this email address .


ASPIRE is the premier sexual and reproductive health organization in St. Lucia, which has been instrumental in reducing the incidence of unsafe abortions and promoting sexual and reproductive equity, through:

  • Abortion Law Reform or Abortion Law Clarification
  • Research (related primarily to unsafe abortions and women’s sexual and reproductive issues)
  • Counselling Services
  • Education and Advocacy for Quality Reproductive Health & Equity
  • gender based violence intervention and prevention
  • sexual rights

ASPIRE also works on a broad range of social justice issues such as reduction and elimination of domestic violence, human rights etc.

LGBT Rights

LGBT rights have expanded unevenly across Latin America and the Caribbean. Recent
scholarship has been able to explain some of the reasons for this unevenness. But new and
old questions remain unaddressed. 

it is remarkable that not all conservative groups in the region have proven to be adverse to LGBT rights, just as not all progressive forces have been fully embracing. The Latin American hard left has often dismissed LGBT rights for a number of reasons that are well understood: hard-left movements privilege collective rights over individual rights; they prioritize economic equality over issues of sexual diversity; they are dominated by conservative machos who prioritize values other than fighting heteronormativity. However, the reasons that conservative groups might come around to greater acceptance of homosexuality are less understood.

Violence against women is a persistent and universal problem occurring in every culture and social group.


Gender-based violence against women is a crime and a human rights violation that occurs, often repeatedly, in the lives of a great number of women around the world. Although the forms of violence experienced may differ depending on culture or socioeconomic standing, there are aspects of that violence that are universal. Gender-based violence is rooted in the lack of equality between men and women, and frequently takes place at home, within the family circle. Societal tolerance for gender-based violence and the privacy of the act of violence when it takes place within the home can make it invisible or difficult to detect.

As seen in the Declaration of Violence against Women, gender-based violence includes a wide range of abusive actions, including genital mutilation; physical and emotional abuse; and economic exploitation. According to the World Organisation Against Torture, rape and sexual abuse, genital mutilation, incest, forced abortion, honour killings, dowry-related violence, forced marriages, human trafficking and forced prostitution should all be considered forms of torture.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.

Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Victims of violence can suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and even death.

UNFPA is one of the UN’s lead agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promote the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.

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ASPIRE also works on a broad range of social justice issues such as reduction and elimination of domestic violence, human rights etc.
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