Not Only Voices connects and empowers human rights defenders, with a special focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) issues. We do so by making the work of human rights defenders on the ground more visible, raising their voices, and connecting them with each other and with different international organizations or individuals who may support their work. We bridge the gap between global shapers to create a stronger human rights movement.
Not Only Voices relies on a transmedia approach as we believe creativity in communication have a crucial impact on the work defenders do. Its main tool is notonlyvoices.org, an online platform. Besides this, we organize talks and take part in international LGBTI advocacy events. We are human rights and film making specialists who partner with LGBTI rights defenders. In parallel, we develop specific projects in which we research, document and edit our own material.
Our pilot project focused on the situation of LGBTI persons in Southeast Asia. In 2015, we interviewed 80 activists on camera and the outcome has been showcased in our online platform. These interviews have been used by the local rights defenders to promote their work, apart from strengthening the network in the region. Our videos have received more than 25 thousand views and have been formally used in 7 different countries.
Moreover, we are in the process of making a full length documentary, and we plan to develop a more comprehensive platform to connect LGBTI rights defenders, starting in Brazil. Through an intersectional approach, our ultimate goal is to strengthen LGBTI rights denfeders while making other individuals aware of their own privileges. We work on the basis that by becoming better informed, every individual can actively generate a positive impact.