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Expression of Interest for Youth Work Service with the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement (MGRM)

1.As part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, within the Ministry of Inclusion and Social Well-Being and the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, MGRM is inviting applications for two positions of Youth Work Provision of Service to be provided with the MGRM.

2. The responsibilities of the Youth Worker include an ability to provide:

  • A positive social network and safe environment for the young people participating in the programme/s and/or service/s by the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement;
  • Holistic personal development opportunities which are empowering and motivating;
  • Deliver quality youth work services following MGRM’s and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s policies, objectives, standards and procedures;
  • Engage with young people in leisure and entertainment working areas as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide care and support, informal education and referral to other services where required;
  • Work as part of a team and collaborate with management and co-ordinators of MGRM;
  • Keep attendance and participation records of young people attending the programme/s and/or service/s;
  • Participate in meetings and internal evaluations as necessary at no additional cost;
  • Provide at least three months in advance, the programme planned including the activities to be delivered to young people, which has to be approved by MGRM; 
  • Ensure that confidentiality is maintained and that data is protected according to General Data Protection Regulations enacted on 25th May 2018.

 3. The successful service candidates should hold a qualification in Youth and Community Studies at diploma level or higher;

4. The successful service candidates will be offered a two-year contract agreement with MGRM for a minimum of six hours monthly, mainly in the evenings or over the weekend and according to the selected candidates’ availability hours mutually agreed and annexed to the contract, to perform duties on a different number of projects that MGRM will be engaged in. 

5. The rate is €15.00 per hour of service delivered [or contact time with young people] if the candidate holds a degree or higher qualification in Youth Work and €12.50 per hour of service delivered [or contact time with young people] for candidates with a diploma, which either rate is inclusive of all taxes and no further fees shall be charged for travelling, preparation for sessions including meetings concerning the programme/s and/or service/s.

6. Motivational letters, including a Europass CV, work experience, references and certified copies of qualifications and the police conduct certificate are to be submitted to MGRM, 32, Parish Street, Mosta MST 2021 in a sealed envelope or by email to mgrm@maltagayrights.org by not later than 16th May 2021

7. Original certificates and testimonials are to be submitted for verification at the interview.

8. The Selection Criteria and weightings set for the interview are the following: Knowledge about the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement and context; Knowledge and Suitability about the post including an understanding of the role and experience; Abilities and Skills including applied learning, communication skills, teamwork and leadership skills and Personal Attributes including motivation and commitment; adaptability and flexibility and personality.

9. Eligible candidates providing such service will be interviewed by a selection board to assess their suitability for the post. 

10. Applications by post should be sent by registered mail, allowing sufficient time to ensure delivery by the above deadline. These applications will be acknowledged in writing by MGRM within seven days. 

11. Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement reserves the right to reject any or all submissions associated with this call for an Expression of Interest. Late applications will be discarded. 

12. For further information or queries, please email mgrm@maltagayrights.org

Contracting of Curator

This year will represent the 20th anniversary of MGRM. We would like to mark this significant event with a commemorative, informative and cultural initiative which pays tribute to the work of our volunteers, to the power of voluntary organisations, to their ability to change societies and make them more inclusive as well as provide a cultural event, accompanied with a pictorial history of MGRM and the Maltese LGBTIQ community, which will contribute to the cultural events of 2021 in Malta. The project will center on the publication of this pictorial guide as well as an exhibition incorporating that history and within that exhibition, a special exhibition displaying the clothes of a pioneer of Trans rights in Malta, Katya.

Aims of the project

The project will achieve 3 inter-related objectives. The gathering and processing of material for both the book and the exhibition will allow for cooperation amongst the various LGBTIQ organisations in Malta as well as the wider community.

The organisation of that material and the publication of the book will allow us to showcase the work of volunteers, their important contribution to Maltese society and the history of volunteering in Malta, albeit in a particular, specific areas (human rights and social inclusion).

The final stage of the project, the actual exhibition, will showcase the work of volunteers.

Timeline

Call Application Deadline29th April
Contracting of selected service provider7th May
1. Gathering data and merging of data
2. Presentation ideas of a possible artistic concept for the exhibition
3. Final draft/ decision of the artistic concept
4. Selection of resources
5. Printing and framing
6. Exhibition set up
31st May
12th June
 
10th July
7th August
28th August
10th September
Exhibition and book launch12th till 18th September

Terms of Reference

– To determine, after consulting the MGRM’s team, the content and form of the exhibition.

– To collect material from MGRM’s history data base and suggest new content when needed.

-To bear in mind the context of the exhibition and where it is to be held.

-Coordinate with MGRM’s team and provide critical input to the exhibition project as well as collect key information and media materials.

-Attend openings and assist with set up/takedown, greet visitors, and communicate about the exhibition.

Eligibility Criteria

Bidders must submit a CV and portfolio with relevant experience in exhibition production and photobooks while also demonstrating the ability to produce the work being contracted to the high quality being sought.

Selection Criteria

Quality of portfolio presented;

Knowledge of LGBTIQ issues and LGBTIQ affirmative approach

Technical and Financial Bid;

Budget

Maximum funding available is of Eur 1,000 inclusive of VAT.

Intellectual Property

All intellectual property rights belong to MGRM.

Subcontracting

Individuals may propose working jointly with one or more persons given the tight deadlines envisaged. This must be clearly stated in their submission. Bidders are to attach CV’s of each expert.

Following the adjudication, any subcontracting to third parties other than the selected service provider/s needs to be approved in writing by MGRM other than for technical elements such as translations or proof reading.

Bids are to be sent to MGRM on mgrm@maltagayrights.org. For any queries, please contact Alex Caruana on +356 99255559. Deadline is 29th April 2021.

Kitba Queer Anthology

Kitba Queer is a community-based project that was launched in 2018, aiming to fill the void created by the lack of visibility and good representation in fiction that queer communities face in the Maltese Islands.

Through workshops, mingle & create sessions and fundraising activities, the project fostered a diverse community of creators to learn, practice and encourage collaboration to improve their writing and artistic skills. In 2018, the project was run by We Are – the Youth & Student LGBTQQI Organisation.

In October 2018, Malta’s first ever anthology of LGBTQI+ literature, comprising short poems, prose and a children’s story in Maltese and English, as well as illustrations, was published. The anthology was compiled by various young queer local artists and artists, dealing with topics such as love and relationships, identity and self-discovery, and the process of acceptance.

Kitba Queer continued in 2020, in collaboration with MGRM- the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement.

If you would like to order the book select from the options below

PLAN - PRICE

Description

Pickup

Pickup the book: 

€10

from our offices in Mosta,

Tuesday and Thursday 

from 3-6 pm

Postage Malta 

Book plus Malta postage:

€10 + €3

Postage Europe 

Book plus Europe postage:

€10 + €8

Call for designer

Project: Youth Packs on LGBTIQ themes activities

These activity packs are to be designed for use by youth workers and educators working with youths. The aim is to educate about the LGBTIQ acronym, the differences between gender identity, sexual orientation and other LGBTIQ+ terms, LGBTIQ+ history. This project is funded by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. 

Timeline

Call Application Deadline 11th December 
Contracting of selected service provider 16th December
First Draft 27th December
Final Draft4th January

Terms of Reference

X5 activities are listed below with design specifications required. Number of pages is an approximate guide of amount of content at this stage. Printing is not to be included in quote.

Target Audience: Session Plans are to be used by educators (marked with *), while activities will be used by youths.

  1. FANTASY TRIP – Gender
    1. Session Plan – A4 x1 page *
  2. FANTASY TRIP – LGBTIQ
    1. Session Plan – A4 x2 page *
  3. LGBTIQ+ TERMS ACTIVITY
    1. Session Plan – A4 x 1 page *
    2. Full Terms – A4 x 6 pages
    3. Activity – A4 x1/2 pages
  4. GENDERBREAD PERSON
    1. Session Plan – A4 x1 page *
      + additional page of (b) filled out.
    2. Design of A4 Genderbread person – A4 x1 page
  5. LGBT TIMELINE
    1. Session Plan: A4 x1 page *
    2. Design of LGBT Timeline cards – 40 text or image cards (2 per A4) – A4 x20 pages
    3. Design of Rainbow Pride sheet – x1 A3 

 Eligibility Criteria

Bidders must submit a CV and portfolio with relevant experience within the design industry.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of portfolio presented;
  • Knowledge of LGBTIQ issues and LGBTIQ affirmative approach;
  • Technical and Financial Bid;

Subcontracting

Individuals may propose working jointly with one or more persons given the tight deadlines envisaged. This must be clearly stated in their submission. Bidders are to attach CV’s of each expert.

Following the adjudication, any subcontracting to third parties other than the selected service provider/s needs to be approved in writing by MGRM.

Bids are to be sent to MGRM on mgrm@maltagayrights.org. For any queries please contact Alex Caruana on +356 99255559. Deadline for quotes is 11th December 2020.

Acting on the Margins – Arts as Social Sculpture

MGRM and HIV Malta in collaboration with a research team from the University of Malta is conducting a study that aims to explore the stigma of people living with HIV in Malta and in this way, demystify issues related to HIV. The main objective of this study is to increase awareness of this significant social issue through collaboration with MGRM, people affected with HIV and artists.

You are invited to complete an anonymous online survey, which is expected to take approximately 10 minutes. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and does not involve any known or anticipated risks. You are free to stop participating at any time without any consequences. You may also choose to partially complete any question before moving on to the next one. Before you submit the survey, you may review and modify your answers.

You will find information on further participation in this study at the end of the survey.

Please complete the survey by 25th August 2020

Please click on this link to take the survey LINK:

https://www.surveylab.com/pageTag/SurveyCampaign/cId/f0281f9e2326d8c571e5dd43843fb64b9e6a9102bd/

We sincerely value your participation and we will provide access to a report of findings from this study through the MGRM website.

Mapping the Rainbow

Mapping the Rainbow is a collection of research conducted in undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees which focus on LGBTIQ related issues. The publication is a collaboration between MGRM, The Human Rights Directorate and the Department of Gender Studies and Sexualities and the Europe Direct Information Centre of the University of Malta

Amongst others, the studies deal with Non-Conformity and Institutions, Social Issues and Education.

The publication is edited by Dr Marceline Naudi and Dr Claire Azzopardi Lane.

We have got a small number of printing publications which we are distributing for free, but we are asking you to cover the shipping costs. We encourage you to donate to MGRM in order to cover our costs for this and other projects on which we are constantly working. Alternatively, you may wish to download your free eBook by clicking the button below.

Safe and Seen Education Toolkit

Why should youths learn about LGBTIQ+ at school or in youth groups?

In 2017, MGRM conducted a survey among youth aged 13 – 22 in State and Church schools, and published the 2017 Malta National School Climate Survey Report in 2019. The survey reflected the absence of LGBTIQ affirming education, revealing the majority of respondents did not feel safe in their school environment and this has a negative impact on the wellbeing of students, and their educational success. However, LGBTIQ students tend to have positive feelings about their school when they find support from school staff, which highlighted the crucial role of educators in creating safe and accepting environments at school.

In the European Wide LGBTIQ Survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, 17% of Maltese LGBTI teenage students (15 to 17 years old) were still hiding being LGBTI at school, while 73% found support from their peers and teachers. At the same time, only 48% said their school education address LGBTI issues in a positive way.

In the Special Eurobarometer 493 on Discrimination in the European Union, published in 2019, over 71% of respondents agreed that school lessons and material should include diversity on sexual orientation, being transgender and being intersex.

These surveys highlight the importance of inclusive education for all youths, both those who identify as LGBTIQ and those who do not. It allows them to be better informed, support their peers, create a safe and welcome environment that fosters understanding on a personal and social level.

What does this toolkit consist of?

  • Structured workshop on history, with Powerpoint Presentations
  • A Queer Trivia Board Game covering History, Culture, General Knowledge, Open Questions, Maltese and International trivia
  • x2 Animated Explainer Videos
  • Information Leaflets for support, youth and parents

Who is it for?

The toolkit is to be used by educators working with youths 12 years and older. That includes:

  • PSCD, Social Studies, or History Teachers
  • Youth workers
  • Individuals who works with youths in groups
  • Youth organisations
Explainer Videos

LGBTIQ+ bil-Malti

LGBTIQ+ (with Sign Language)


Genderbread Person

HISTORY WORKSHOP

The history workshop is split into 5 parts so you may continue on more than one day, and at the same time, not overload your audience with a lot of information in one go. Powerpoint Presentations, and the guide for each, can be downloaded below.

Youtube videos are playable in slides. Should you encounter issues, the video links are provided in the same slide to open in a browser.

Part 1: Native Americans

Download Presentation | EN / MT Download Guide

Part 2: The Holocaust

Download Presentation | EN / MT Download Guide

Part 3: Stonewall and Pride

Download Presentation | EN / MT Download Guide

Malta: Past to Present

Download Presentation | EN / MT Download Guide

Present Times Around the Globe

Download Presentation | EN / MT Download Guide

QUEER TRIVIA BOARD GAME

It is important to have watched the videos, and done the workshop before playing the Queer Trivia game. There are 6 themes, covering History, Culture, General Knowledge, Open Questions, Maltese and International trivia. Each theme is identified by a different colour of the Pride Rainbow. The board game consists of:

  • Game mat
  • 12 character pawns
  • Dice
  • 6 packs of themed cards
  • Instructions
  • Answers booklet

The board game comes in two forms. The only difference between the two is the size of the game mat and the character pawns. Which to choose depends on the number of game participants.

LARGE

150cm square game mat when open, suitable for a class or large group. The mat is provided folded, and in an archive box with the rest of the toolkit items.

SMALL

50cm square game mat when open, is suitable for small groups. The mat is provided folded, and in an archive box with the rest of the toolkit items.


About the Project

Malta ranks first again, for LGBTIQ rights in Europe according to ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Map and Index 2020, scoring 89%, with much of that progress having been registered through the adoption of policies and legislation.

The European Wide LGBTIQ Survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency which was published recently presented some surprising statistics for Malta. While on a positive note, the majority of LGBTIQ individuals saw a decrease in intolerance and violence, and viewed the Government leading the charge in fighting this; the report also showed that almost 50% still fear holding a same-sex partner’s hand in public and just over 20% avoided certain places.

While much of what has been achieved is truly impressive, there is still work to be done in the area of education and awareness so that people in the community can be visible, and safe. This mainstreaming is an open-ended process.

Through this project, we hope to take this advocacy one step further by providing a service to the country’s educators, to ensure that they are better informed about how to incorporate LGBTIQ issues in the curriculum. By supporting all those working in education, we can tackle misinformation, try and combat ignorance, support greater understanding of the community as a whole, promote a safe and inclusive school environment as well as provide direct support for those struggling to deal with LGBTIQ issues or LGBTIQ individuals in the class room.

This project has been funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sports and Voluntary Organisations within the Ministry for Education and Employment. This project/ publication reflects the views only of the author, and the MEDE and the MCVS cannot be held responsible for the content or any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

No one should be left without a home

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our day-to-day lives unlike anything else in living memory. As we heed to the authorities’ message to self-isolate and stay at home, more and more people are losing their income and becoming increasingly unable to pay rent. Although many landlords have been able to lower the price of rent, this is not a reality for everyone.

MGRM, Allied Rainbow Communities, Checkpoint Malta, and LGBTI+ Gozo have received messages from people in distress who are either losing their homes, or else have become homebound in unsafe places which they are unable to leave.  Unfortunately all the rooms and apartments which we had been offered to us before the pandemic started are already full. This highlights how acute the situation is, whilst leaving us without option but to turn away people.

For this reason, the four NGOs have joined forces to seek to find accommodation for people at risk, or who have already become homeless. If you are able to accommodate someone temporarily whilst the pandemic crisis is ongoing, we would like to invite you to fill this form through which we hope to build a database of vacant places that can be used for altruistic purposes – https://forms.gle/7jVjVUwa8o6evGi4A

If you do not have a room or a place to offer, but would still like to help, you may donate using the below bank details or by using PayPal.  The fund is administered by the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, however all funds will be jointly managed by all four NGOs. Any funds remaining after the crisis will be donated to an external charity chosen jointly between the four NGOs.

If you are not living in a safe home, reach out to any one of us and we will do our utmost to help you.

We are jointly appealing to the nation to support those who need our help.

Bank Details

  • Account Name – MGRM
  • Bank name – HSBC Bank Malta PLC
  • BIC – MMEBMTMT
  • IBAN – MT21MMEB44613000000061249785050

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