The prohibition of discrimination and the protection of human rights are important elements of the EU legal order and sexual orientation is recognised in EU law as grounds of discrimination. This project was aimed at contributing to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms in Montenegro. More specific objective of the action was related to strengthening civil society and local communities in supporting and promoting LGBTI human rights.
During its two years long implementation period, the project put a focus on human rights of LGBTI persons and showed that decentralization of activities is of utmost importance for creating conditions needed for strengthening the LGBTI community in all municipalities.
Furthermore, decentralization and synchronization of implementation of project measures aimed to decrease homophobia/transphobia among the general population enabled and improved LGBTI persons’ position in society. They gained an improved access to justice and health, education and social care services in all regions in Montenegro. The creation of a more positive social reality in Montenegro implied scaling up the capacity of Montenegrin CSOs and local communities to work in the area of LGBTI human rights, and entailed the creation and adoption of adequate strategic and legal documents regarding the quality of life of LGBTI persons. Both these results, again, influenced improved access of LGBTI persons to justice and services, and caused a decrease in the level of homophobia and transphobia in the general population. In short, all achieved project results were in cohesion and contributed to improving the lives of LGBTI people in Montenegro.