Gathering Evidence

You will be very familiar with the experiences and challenges of your members and the individuals you work with and support. But can you demonstrate that knowledge to others?

Gathering reliable and valid evidence is crucial when working to realise sexual rights. Whether you are: delivering services; raising issues with policy makers or international donors; applying for funds; illustrating the work of your organisation or project; building a legal case; or talking to the media, you will need to have evidence to support your case and demonstrate the value of your work.

But where individuals are fearful of revealing their sexual orientation or behaviour, gathering evidence can be challenging. Sometimes just asking a question in a different way, in a different context, or by a different person, can make all the difference.

To help you to overcome some of the challenges, we have set up an interactive forum for individuals to share their experiences of gathering evidence, and to offer advice.

If you have found a way to ask questions or to explore issues and experiences in a way that reflects the lives of the people you work with, while being sympathetic to their concerns, then we want to hear from you.

Please send your experiences and ideas to and we will feature them here.


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