Rainbow Refugees Sweden aim to support, empower and to build networks for asylum seekers and refugees that have fled persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The organization aims at creating a safe situation and build community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other individuals with queer expressions and identities (LGBTQ) through meeting places, activities, counselling and support activities. The organization aims to spread knowledge about LGBTQ refugees living conditions and realities and to strengthen LGBTQ refugees´ rights in the society.
Rainbow Refugees Sweden was started in 2021 by a group of individuals with a mix of backgrounds, some with experiences from going through the asylum process and some who had been working with individuals in the asylum process for a long time.
Rainbow Refugees Sweden is a non-political and non-religious organization. It is fully based on the time and effort put in by volunteers.
The highest deciding organ in Rainbow Refugees Sweden is the annual meeting, held every year in March. During the annual meeting a board is selected that carries out the operations decided by the annual meeting.
Below you will find the current board members of Rainbow Refugees Sweden:
- Maria Källner (Chairperson)
- Thomas Wimark (Vice Chairperson)
- Ziad Farkouh (Secretary)
- Torbjörn Sander (Treasurer)
- Ronah Ainembabazi
- Fionah Rachel Promise
- Purity Akabishanga Paige
- Baker MJ Qwaider/Mirage
- Adam Issam Elhoahabi
- Sumera Yasin
- Owen Foote
Rainbow Meets are our community meetings and take place in both Stockholm and Västmanland. During the meeting, we have fika, activities, social supprt, and legal counselling thanks to cooperation with Folkets juristbyrå. Our Stockholm community meets on Mondays, and the Västmanland community meets on Tuesdays in Arboga in cooperation with ABF Västra Västmanland. We hope to see you soon!