Za’atar NGO is proud ! Athens 2020 Digital Pride

Covid-19 will not stop the LGBTQ+  community from celebrating its pride, raising awareness on its issues and defending its rights.

In this exceptional time of sanitary crisis restricting public gatherings, Athens Pride 2020 festivities are going virtual. From September 4th to 11th, a series of events is taking place online to commemorate, advocate for and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

As a proud actor of the promotion and defense of LGBTQ+ rights, Za’atar NGO will, once again, be present to Pride, through an online session of presentation of their dedicated program, ATLAS, by cofounder and director Marina Liakis, on September 11th at 1pm. This will be followed, at 3pm, by an intervention of Tony Haouam, university professor specialized on race and gender studies and head of the Pedagogical Commission of Migr’ENS – French organization that teaches French to asylum-seekers while accompanying them to navigate the French administration and legal system, and consultant for the NGO.

Since 2016, ATLAS (Aid To LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers) initiative has been offering a safe and friendly support group for LGBTQ+ refugees, their family, and friends. In coordination with ATLAS, Za’atar built a program designed to ease the transition into European life for these individuals. It provides a variety of services such as:

  • Operating a Helpline for LGBTQ+ refugees worldwide in Farsi, Arabic, French and English
  • Providing a safe space at The Orange House for people of all sexual orientations and genders
  • Teaching the broader refugee community about LGBTQ+ rights
  • Ensuring all volunteers are LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Organizing LGBTQ+ social events to enable members of the community to meet and exchange with one another.

In those particular and challenging times of pandemic, movement restrictions and increased anxiety, LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers are even more vulnerable. The ATLAS program and line have seen a rise in the number of calls and beneficiaries. This is a reminder of the precariousness of an already vulnerable population that Pride is also there to shed light on and support – which is the message Za’atar  NGO will make sure to spread.

Contact us by searching ‘ATLAS (Aid To LGBTQ Asylum Seekers) on Facebook or LGBTQ/, calling +30 694 067 1666 or emailing

Find out more about Za’atar NGO and our other initiatives by visiting our website and Instagram!

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