What’s this guide?

In 2016–2017, ten movement leaders and experts from the LGBTI, women’s rights and progressive faith movements charted the use of family in recent years of progressive activism.

We engaged with 200+ experts, movement leaders, activists, scholars and grant makers through a survey, a conference and consultations with key organisations.

This guide invites social justice activists in Europe – and their funders! – to consider placing family equality at the centre of our progressive strategies, discourse and actions.

Who is it for?

This guide is first and foremost for social justice activists: activists, organisers, leaders in civil society, non-governmental organisations and movements working for human rights, equality and the rule of law.

This guide is also for the donors, funders and other grant makers funding those organisations and movements. They should step up and support these bridge-building actions to include family equality in their work. The numerous discussions that led to this guide closely involved grant makers. Our intention is to show what family-centred social justice activism could look like, in the hope that grant makers will share this vision.

Why should I read it?

If you belong to one of the groups above, we think you’ll love it.

The guide explains why progressive actors should talk about family more. It explains what family equality is, and offers ten strategies to include family in our work through planning, funding, research, communication and messaging, lobbying and advocacy, cross-movement alliances, media work, litigation and working with faith.

It also suggests ways to engage with opponents to equality. (Who may be reading this anyway. Hello!)

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Using family as a frame in social justice activism: A guide for activists and funders in Europe