SALO, in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, hosted a regional dialogue to discuss issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in Southern Africa. The purpose of this meeting was to strengthen the need to create transnational solidarity networks by uplifting human rights across the region and the continent, especially LGBTQIA+ rights. The workshop brought together voices from regional LGBTQIA+ civil society groups to compare and discuss ways in which challenges differ and overlap in Southern African countries, and how to move forward to create not only legal frameworks to protect the LGBTQIA+ community, but also to build societies that are tolerant and accepting of LGBTQIA+ persons. The keynote speaker to this discussion was John Jeffery, South African Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. Other panellists included Dario de Sousa (LAMDA Mozambique), Steve Letsike (Co-chair of SA National Task Team on Hate Crimes and Hate Speech), and Ronika Zuze (Intersex Community Zimbabwe Trust).
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