Launching Africa's Pride!

FNF Launches LGBTQI Rights Platform for sub-Saharan Africa
Events06.11.2018Mthoba Chapi
Africa's Pride
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FNF Africa is launching a Facebook resource page where the LGBTQI community in sub-Saharan Africa can engage on topics that are relevant to LGBTQI persons in the region such as health, education, gender, human rights, justice and equality.

The page is meant to be an interactive platform engineered and managed by a collaboration of NGO’s and activists who all share a common passion and commitment to freedom, individualism and fundamental human rights, founded on equality. 

“LGBTQI rights are a difficult issue in many countries, but particularly in Africa,” says Regional Director Jules Maaten. The State Sponsored Homophobia Report (2016) of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) found that “Same-sex sexual acts” are illegal in 72 countries. Of these 72 countries, thirty-three are in Africa. In Sudan, southern Somalia, Somaliland, Mauritania and northern Nigeria, homosexuality is punishable by death, according to Amnesty International. In Uganda there have been recent efforts to institute the death penalty for homosexuality. Chad in 2017 passed a law criminalising sodomy, which had previously been legal. In UgandaTanzania, and Sierra Leone, offenders can receive life imprisonment for homosexual acts. In Tanzania, authorities recently stopped health providers from non-governmental organisations from providing services to LGBT people, and the governor of Dar Es Salaam has announced that this week he will begin large scale arrests of gay people and has asked for citizens to provide information on whoever they believe is gay. On top of that he is closing down HIV clinics because, as he says, “they promote homosexuality”. South Africa itself has the most liberal attitude toward gays and lesbians, with a constitution which guarantees gay and lesbian rights and legalizes same-sex marriage. However, violence and social discrimination against South African LGBT is still widespread.

“We welcome all users and contributors who engage, share and debate with dignity and respect. Harassment, hate speech, homophobia, discrimination and victimization will however not be tolerated,” page administrator Thozama Njobe. FNF Deputy Chairperson Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger will officially launch the page in Cape Town, South Africa on 7 November 2018.