Illinois (GREED) – Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago we ran a story from our friends at Global Voices featuring Paola Paredes, as one of our series Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About. This month, she is running a fundraising campaign to support her efforts to end conversion therapy in Ecuador, and we here at Greed Media like to support women who are making the world a better place. Carolanne Monteleone reports the details below.
Paola Paredes is a documentary photographer, an activist, a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, and the organizer of a campaign to end conversion therapy in Ecuador. Through her project, Until You Change, Paredes has heard first-hand the horrifying stories of these victims who suffer in these prisons, disguised as clinics or alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, that are aimed at ‘curing’ homosexuality. In response, Paredes has created a fundraiser titled, Let’s Bring LGBTI Awareness to Ecuadorians to address this harrowing issue.
The fundraiser is aimed bringing awareness to the LGBTQ+ community in Ecuador in order to prevent the existence of conversion therapy clinics in the country. Listen to Paola Paredes explain the campaign in her own words:
Let’s Bring LGBTI Awareness to Ecuadorians is in collaboration with Causana, a team of activists, and Sinergia Lab, a group of marketing creatives. Together, Paredes, Causana, and Sinergia are raising money to help cultivate a conversation around LGBTQ+ topics; creating tolerance and acceptance in a place where being homosexual is taboo. Not only does the campaign call for an end to conversion therapy clinics, but also hopes to offer much needed psychological support to the victims of these terrible clinics.
On the fundraiser’s Generosity by Indiegogo page, an estimated budget is showcased in a visual chart so supports can see where their donations are going to exactly. $15,000 is expected for marketing and outreach, $10,000 is estimated for talks, $10,000 will be needed for a documentary film, $5,000 is for therapy through theatre, and most importantly, $10,000 will go directly to psychological support for the victims.
If you show support to only one cause this month in celebration of Pride, consider donating to this campaign.
Featured Image Source: Paola Paredes, Until You Change Campaign. Used with permission.