Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung Projekte Veranstaltungen Verband

LGBTIQ-activism and artivism in Tunisia — meet Karam Aouini from our partner organization Mawjoudin from Tunis

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Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation cordially invites you to a networking event with a LGBTIQ human rights defender from Tunis in Berlin on July 8, 2022

Artivism is a powerful tool to combat hostile attitudes towards our community and it is a nice, different and powerful way to raise awareness for more LGBTIQ acceptance”, says Karam Aouini, organizer of Tunis’ first Queer Film Festival and staff member of the LGBTIQ organization Mawjoudin in Tunis.

Tunis Queer Film Festival 2018

Our partner organization has organized three Queer Film Festivals in Tunis and prepared one Queer Play that will be presented all over the country in the coming months. The first Film Festival presented movies from the MENA region, the second from the Global South and for the third edition Mawjoudin included three international productions from the North.

Karam will explain how they manage to organize Queer Film Festivals and queer productions in a LSBTIQ hostile context, how to avoid harm, what are the dos and the don’ts. Our guest will speak about the persuasive power and impact of art production, about regional inspiration and cooperation with countries such as Lebanon, about alliance building and inclusiveness in artivism and regional activism. Moreover in this meeting we will receive first hand information about the current situation in Tunisia and we will discuss what kind of support and cooperation might be useful to strengthen the LGBTIQ community in the Maghreb.

Tunis Queer Film Festival 2018

When: Friday, 8 July, 4–5:30 pm CEST
Where: Lesben- und Schwulenverband (LSVD), Almstadtstr. 7, 10119 Berlin

Guest: Karam Aouini, Mawjoudin, Tunis
Moderators: Sarah Kohrt, Klaus Jetz,

Karam Aouini, Family medicine resident is the communication officer and artistic coordinator within the initiative Mawjoudin for equality since 2016, coordinator of the first edition of the “Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival (MQFF)”, and in charge of “The Mawjoudin Queer Play”. Committed to the fight against discrimination and violence based on non-normative gender and sexuality.

Due to limited number of seats we kindly ask you to register via e‑mail with your name before Friday, 8 July, 1 pm with Sarah Kohrt, project manager Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation: sarah.kohrt@hirschfeld-eddy-stiftung.de

This event will take place in English.

The event is aimed at activists, artists, politicians, development professionals, government representatives, human rights groups, church and faith based organizations, scholars and everyone with an interest in the Maghreb, in international relations and the human rights of LGBTIQ people.

Further information and links:

An event by Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation as part of the project: “Do no harm – how to minimize risks for LGBTIQ in international human rights work”. All Articles and documentation in our blog tagged DNH-2022.


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