Workshop discussing regional LGBTIQA+ rights – Thurs 1 July

In partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) hosted a workshop discussing regional LGBTIQA+ rights, with SADC LGBTIQA+ organisations with keynote speaker, the Republic of South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Justice, John Jeffery. The panel included organisations countries in the region, including Dario de Sousa (LAMBDA Mozambique), Steve Letsike (Co-Chairperson of the South African National Task Team on LGBTI Rights and Hate Crimes) and Ronika Zuze (Intersex Community of Zimbabwe Trust).

Given the growing trend of attacks on the LGBTIQA+ community, SALO wished to engage members of the SADC LGBTIQA+ community concerning the attack on the community. Discussions included the challenges of the incongruence of constitutionally enshrined rights versus so-called cultural/traditional views, and the causality of growing homophobic views in the region. Further, the criminalisation of homosexuality as a lasting legacy of colonialism, we unpacked the colonial legacy of intolerance as a point of departure from traditional African beliefs and practices that valued tolerance and non-violence