How easy is it for minority groups to find help and information online?
Despite this digital age with increased access to the internet, search engines and social media, minority groups often have great difficulty finding information to make informed decisions.
Sadly, not all services and places are welcoming to minority groups. Finding a suitable health provider, social service, school or workplace can be difficult and labor intensive. The search for appropriate services are often marred by stigma, discrimination and other structural barriers. The experience of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) is useful case study into level of inclusiveness of places and services. Barriers to access have made life difficult for people to maintain well-being and livelihoods.
We want to put a system for rating the inclusiveness of services and places into your hands. In order to achieve this our objectives for this year include:
- Build a mobile app and engage Southeast Asia’s LGBTI communities - and allies - to gather and share data about friendly places or inclusive services in their local area;
- Implement our 3-year research agenda by analysing available data to gain insights on how to increase the accessibility of friendly places or inclusive services.
Why and Where Is This Problem Prevalent?
Southeast Asia is a hostile place for LGBTI people:
- Trans people often fear rejection in job interviews on the basis of their appearance; where can they find employers who have inclusive recruitment practices?
- Lesbian parents look for schools committed to combating bullying where learning environments are diverse and inclusive; where can parents find these schools?
- Gay men look for clinics and hospitals that provide sexual health services without prejudice; where can they find these facilities?
Data that we have gathered from Bangkok, Jakarta, Indonesia, Manila and Singapore affirms the crisis that LGBTI people now face. Communities across Asia are struggling to achieve the recognition and equality that has been established for LGBTI in the West.
LGBTI people share the same struggle for recognition and inclusion faced by other minority groups in towns and cities around the world.
How your support will make a difference?
Your support is an investment into more inclusive societies. Together we can build an app that gives users access to a database of inclusive places and services.
What we do for LGBTI people in Southeast Asia has the potential to help millions of people around the world.
Because we are a social enterprise we are committed to sharing our data insights with other community organisations to help strengthen their advocacy.
Of primary importance to us is helping people find health and social support services - including HIV testing and treatment,mental health and counselling, legal assistance and other important services. You may know someone who needs help. An app like this will help amplify important knowledge that can sometimes save lives.
This is a opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your own community and around the globe.
What makes us proud
Our Supporters. Since 2011 B-Change has been building upon investments from:
- Ashoka Philippines
- Levi Strauss Foundation
- the United Nations Development Programme
- UNICEF Indonesia
- and a handful of community-minded individuals.
We are grateful for the technical advice provided by organisations such as Advocates for Youth, Oogachaga, International Planned Parenthood and OutRight Action International. This collective support has enabled us to draw talent, gather data, build partnerships and infrastructure that places us at the intersection of health, technology and human rights.
Early evidence of impact: Although we are a start-up we have encouraging signs that our work is headed in the right direction. Our team are inspired by two instances where our engagement work has empowered young people to change the world.
Darius Lim produced ‘The Story of Darius’ with a grant from the 'Stories of Being Me' web-video initiative mustered the courage to come out to his family as a result of producing his film. Since then Darius has furthered his LGBT advocacy by becoming a contributor to Asia’s Element Magazine and sharing his experiences working as a volunteer with Pink Dot Singapore.
Cha Roque also produced an autobiographical episode with a grant from the 'Stories of Being Me' web-video initiative. Since then Cha increased her visibility as a vocal advocate of inclusion of LGBT families in the Philippines having appeared in national media, organising community events and forums and taking to social media to advance an advocacy issue that is close to her heart.