Damj, Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality

Damj works on the promotion and defence of human rights and the rights of minorities. its objective is a pluralistic, egalitarian and safe Tunisia.

Damj began it's work by creating safe and secure spaces for the LGBT community in Tunisia, in 2008 there was a wave of arbitrary arrests of LGBT community members. At this point, Damj began to think seriously of creating a legal support group to can deal with arrests and legal cases. At the time, there were no organisations defending the rights of LGBT people.

In 2008, Damj became the official LGBT rights group in Tunisia, and started to gain visibility. In late 2009, it launched official procedures for the creation of a formal organisation, after an initial rejection of a licence to operate, Damj made a second application after the revolution and was granted it.

Peacebuilding

Damj works on the promotion and defence of human rights and the rights of minorities. its objective is a pluralistic, egalitarian and safe Tunisia. Damj reinforces LGBTIQ community capacities and pushes for reform concerning individual rights. It works to abolish law 230 of the penal code, which bans homosexuality, and fight homophobia in Tunisian society.

This, and Damj's other work, is based on the principle of promoting a discourse that respects diversity and calls for inclusion, with Damj advocating for the importance of integration and social cohesion. This work is done gradually, always through dialogue, in order to prevent or find solutions to arguments and conflicts. Dialogue is at the heart of Damj's work: in order to establish solid principles of citizenship, it seeks to eradicate all forms of discrimination and include all the minorities within Tunisian social fabric. This aims to contribute to Damj's overall goal of establishing soial stability and peace within groups and communities.


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