The e-MPOWER youth activist toolbox contains materials related to the mental health, sexual health, and rights of people living with HIV, LGBTQI+ communities, and sex workers.
The project “Partnership to overcome challenges of online learning and to empower youth actors in the field of sexual health promotion in the COVID-19 era” (e-MPOWER) was an Erasmus+ funded collaboration between the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), European Sex Workers rights Alliance (ESWA), and Legebitra.
e-MPOWER aimed to support youth activists to be able to deliver online peer-training sessions focused on the digital rights, and both the sexual and mental health of people living with HIV, sex workers, and LGBTQI+ communities.
The e-MPOWER online toolbox is publicly available and contains materials related to the mental health, sexual health, and rights of people living with HIV, LGBTQI+ communities, and sex workers. It also includes e-MPOWER specific reports with recommendations for delivering online sexual health training, monitoring and evaluating of training content, and assessing the personal impact of such a training on participants and trainers in a way that is mindful of participant psychological well-being and digital safety.
The e-MPOWER toolbox is intended for youth advocates, volunteers, trainers, and those who work closely with youth, who want to deliver an online sexual health and rights training programme.
For the creation of this toolbox, all third-parties online materials were accessed and retrieved in June and July 2022. EATG is not responsible for the accessibility of materials that are hosted outside of its servers. If a link is not working please contact us.
| Mental Health |
1.4 Online self-paced training: safety, security and well-being for activists
In partnership with AKÃHATÃ, GATE has developed a specialised free training for global trans and gender diverse activists engaging with digital communications. Sessions include reflections on violence, security and safety, feminist self-care, digital security, as well as safety and self-care plans for organisations. When you sign up, your name will be visible to other participants. If you require anonymity, create an alternative gmail account using a pseudonym to complete the training.
Further reading about mental health
Befrienders worldwide suicide prevention
Befrienders offer a network of 349 independent emotional support centres in 32 countries that provide an open space for those in distress to talk and be heard. This confidential service is provided via telephone helplines, SMS messaging, face to face, outreach, partnerships and online.
Urgent mental health care UK
This website offers information about health and social care, as well as how to access it. They aim to empower people to make confident decisions about care and treatment and to improve health and well-being. They also provide guidance about how to respond to major health events.
| LGBTQI+ |
2.2 LGBTQI youth educational guides
By: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO)
IGLYO provides several downloadable guides on gender and LGBTQI+ issues that aim to help educate through cross-cultural exchange and a peer learning approach that involves sharing strategies and visions. Some of the guides featured are: intersectional tool kit, supporting your intersex child, LGBTQI+ inclusive education, and many more.
2.3 Self-paced online course: Foundational LGBTQ+ understanding & inclusion
The Safe Zone has created an online self-paced and guided course on the basics of LGBTQIA+ identities. Course topics include: orientation, core vocabulary, privilege, gender expression and intersectionality. It also provides extra learning material for further reading.
Further reading about LGBTQI+
LGBTQ+ vocabulary: glossary of terms
The Safe Zone Project provides a glossary of terminology relating to LGBTQI+ identities and people, sexualities and genders. This resource could be helpful for people who are not familiar with basic concepts and want to learn more.
The Safe Zone strives to have this be an ever-improving list.
Resources for International LGBTQ Youth
A safe and digitally secure social networking site for LGBTQI+ young people and their allies around the world. The Trevor Project makes sure that the only people allowed on the site are ages 13 to 24. Hate-speech, discrimination, or bullying of any kind are not allowed nor tolerated. They cover topics such as coming out, gender expression, queer identities, mental health, Black Queer identities, bisexuality, plus they offer many other guides on relevant topics for queer youth.
| Sex Work |
Further reading about Sex Work
Fact sheets all about sex work
Asijiki provides various fact sheets on topics in relation to sex work such as: human rights, HIV, the law, and migration. Each fact sheet includes references and detailed information about the topic.
Short documentary: ‘Sex Workers Festival of Resistance’
As part of “The Sex Workers Festival of Resistance”, SWARM along with Scot Pep, Umbrella Lane, ARIKA invited sex workers, activists and allies to come together and share their knowledge on how to protect sex workers rights. This is a short and informative documentary about the festival.
| HIV |
4.3 Online Training: Trans Inclusion in HIV National Strategic Plans
GATE, in collaboration with amfAR, has developed a free online open-access training designed to help trans and gender diverse activists to address their exclusion from HIV National Strategic Plans (NSPs). When you sign up, your name will be visible to other participants. If you require anonymity, create an alternative gmail account using a pseudonym to complete the training.
Further reading about HIV
Self-directed Learning (online)
Free self-directed and self-paced courses about HIV and HEP C, prevention, basic info, transmission. When you sign up, your name will be visible to other participants. If you require anonymity, create an alternative gmail account using a pseudonym to complete the training.
| Project Resources |
Sarah North Toolbox Coordinator
Kali Sudhra Toolbox Developer
Apostolos Kalogiannis Toolbox Layout and Production
Sophie Monk Visual Identity and Project Reports Design
Miha Feher Translations (Slovenian)
Olga Zubkovskaya Translations (Russian)
Jules James Selection/Reviewer of Toolbox Content
Maja Radivoj Selection/Reviewer of Toolbox Content
Sabrina Sanchez Reviewer of Toolbox Content
Ann-Isabelle von Lingen Reviewer of Toolbox Content
Luca Stevenson Reviewer of Toolbox Content
Rocco Pignata Proofreader of Toolbox Material Descriptions
This project has been co-funded by the European Union’s ERASMUS+ programme under grant agreement No 008320.
The content of the project’s publications are solely the opinion of the author(s); The EU Commission and National Agency are not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
The outputs of the project are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence.
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