LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Belinda Dear

Belinda works on developing and implementing advocacy strategies and policy initiatives aimed at bringing legal, political and social change for LGBTI people, in particular in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states. Her responsibilities include advocacy with European institutions, national governments and other stakeholders; strengthening the capacities of policymakers, civil society and practitioners to transform political commitments into concrete action; and building relationships with relevant stakeholders. She is also following EU developments regarding rule of law processes.

Background

Prior to joining ILGA-Europe, Belinda worked in Brussels for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, and for the Party of European Socialists. She holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and a BA in French and Spanish from Durham University in the United Kingdom. She has previously volunteered for LGBTI causes in Durham, Brussels and Amsterdam, and her MA thesis focussed on the impact of anti-gender movements on LGBTI activism in Hungary.