LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey
ERA’s Annual General Assembly is the biggest LGBTI event organized in the region since 2015. The conference is a lobby, advocacy, capacity building and visibility event which brings together more than 160 participants from across the region, Europe and beyond. LGBTI activists, state officials (governments, Parliaments, equality bodies etc.), donors, researchers, journalists, diplomatic community, representatives of international organizations and members of the local community attend the event.
The ERA Annual Conference 2018 was held in Skopje on 3-6 October. The event was planned and implemented in close partnership with ERA’s member organisations in Macedonia: LGBTI Support Centre, Macedonian Helsinki Committee, Subversive Front, Coalition Margins and HERA. The conference was held in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Macedonia and the Inter-Party Working Group of the Parliament of Macedonia for LGBTI Rights.
ERA’s conference was financially supported by the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia.
Main objectives of this Annual Conference were to:
In addition, the Conference Organizing Committee (with strong emphasis on the needs and priorities of the Macedonian LGBTI movement, decided on the following specific objectives as thematic and strategic focus of the conference: