As a Program Manager with the Eagle Wings Youth Initiative in Tanzania, a MADRE partner, Happy Geas helps those who’ve been marginalized or stigmatized because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Through Eagle Wings, Happy provides sessions for parents, government leaders, and health workers to hear from LGBTIQ+ people about the impacts of the stigma they face and how to end discrimination.
After an Eagle Wings member convinced her parent to take part in one of these educational dialogues, it made a dramatic difference. Her parent was so moved by what she learned in a session, they committed to make a change. Now, the Eagle Wings member reports that she is no longer questioned or stigmatized about her sexuality by her family. As Happy shares, “We need to ensure regular engagement with different stakeholders ... from family to political leaders ... through dialogues, meetings, and trainings ... art, sports, and ceremonies.”
Your support makes it possible for MADRE to fund a wide range of efforts that protect the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community. We’re providing economic empowerment and legal aid, increasing access to health services, and connecting LGBTIQ+ women to the larger women’s movement in Tanzania.