Meet our community partners blog series!
Hello everyone! This is the third episode of our new blog series dedicated to Ecce Homo’s community partners, that is, all those non-profit LGBTIQ+ organizations around the world that are proud members of our Corporate Social Responsibility program! Last week, I introduced you to the Greek Transgender Support Association, and their initiatives regarding gender identity and expression advocacy. This week is all about those members of our colorful queer family who have been forced to flee their home countries under the threat of violence, and they currently live in Greece having the legal status of migrants, refugees or persons seeking asylum and international protection. Our partner to this journey is ‘Emantes - International LGBTQIA+ Solidarity’. In what follows, we are going to familiarize ourselves with their mission, their values, and the indispensable programs they run. I want to remind you once again that this blog series is part of Ecce Homo’s long-term engagement to promote the visibility of its community allies by taking up the role of media sponsor. In addition, I hope it constitutes an opportunity for our customers and friends to be kept informed of the activities of the organizations they choose to support via their purchase, ensuring this way both their active engagement and the non-negotiable transparency of our CSR program.
''EMANTES MEANS “WE” IN “KALIARDA”, THE FIRST GREEK LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY SLANG WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN MARGINALIZED. “WE” IS A RESPONSE TO WHAT THE “OTHERS” ALWAYS SYMBOLIZE AND A BET FOR “US, THE OTHERS” TO BE HEARD.''
The Social Cooperative Enterprise 'Emantes' was founded in July 2018 by active members of the ‘LGBTIQA+ Refugees Welcome’ collective in collaboration with migration and refugee experts. This collective was created in September 2016 by refugees and solidary persons. Most members had personal experience with refugee-migration issues and/or were involved in queer, LGBTIQA+, and feminist activist groups, and came together to focus their attention on one of the most unseen facets of the refugee “crisis”: that of the LGBTIQA+ community. Following a year of action, the members of the collective concluded that the lack of legal form limited its potential.
That is, the collective could not access hot spots, camps, detention centers, asylum services, public services, or other agencies. Furthermore, funding resources were limited, thus making the coverage of the refugees’ basic needs (food, housing, education, etc.) difficult or even impossible. It was necessary to create something new. 'Emantes' aims to overcome these barriers. Its main objectives are to further support the LGBTIQA+ community and to raise awareness of their struggles. The creation of this legal entity will facilitate fundraising, visibility, and collaboration efforts.
The mission of 'Emantes' is to provide psychosocial support to queer refugees/migrants. More specifically, 'Emantes' aims to:
When it comes to the psychosocial support provided by 'Emantes', their approach is individualized. For every person assisted, a personal and ideally long-term plan is created, in collaboration with the beneficiary. Social history is first assessed, and then support is provided to meet specific needs and desires, either directly or through referrals. On the psychosocial end, referrals are made to other organizations for housing, legal, psychological and medical support. The terms and conditions of this particular service are always determined in consultation with the beneficiary. It must also be emphasized that 'Emantes' operations rely exclusively on the voluntary work of its members, and on their collaboration with volunteers from Greece and abroad. The project’s financial resources come from private donations, such as the ones made via Ecce Homo's CSR program.
To be more precise, 'Emantes' provides material services directly to its beneficiaries:
'Emantes' also provides immaterial services (directly or through referrals to other organizations), which cover a wide range of needs:
For more information on 'Emantes', please visit: emantes.com (available in English)