World Aids Day 2017

LEGABIBO is in Bobonong #Botswana commemorating the 2017 World Aids Day. This year’s theme is Right to Health and highlights the the need for for access to health for people living with HIV and support for those affected by the epidemic.

#WAD2017 #WorldAidsDay2017 #MyRightMyHealth

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Commemorating World Aids Day 2017

In commemorating World Aids Day 2017, we have decided to highlight some of the myths that surround the LGBTI community and HIV/Aids.

Myths and stereotypes are one of the main factors that fuel stigma and discrimination towards people who are HIV+. Debunking and getting rid of them is essential if we want to beat the fight against HIV/Aids and create an enabling environment for everyone to live their lives to the fullest.

#WAD2017 #MyRightMyHealth #WorldAidsDay2017

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Abstract submissions for the 2018 Pan Africa ILGA Regional LGBTI Conference

Abstract submissions for the PAI Regional LGBTI Conference are now open until the 28th of February. There are four options: paper presentation, panel presentation, lightning round presentation and art presentation. http://panafricailga.org/submit-abstract/

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Registration for the 2018 PAI conference is now open!

Registration for the conference is now open! There has been a lot of interest shown in this year’s conference and we’re expecting record attendance. Book your spot now. http://panafricailga.org/register/

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PAI 4th Regional LGBTI Conference – REGISTRATION OPENS 17 November!

13 November at 11:22 

PAI 4th Regional LGBTI Conference – REGISTRATION OPENS 17 November!

Planning for our 4th Regional LGBTI Conference is picking up speed and we are excited to announce that the registration portal will open on the 17th of November.

The conference, co-hosted by LEGABIBO, will take place in Gaborone, Botswana from the 31st May to the 4th of June 2018. Please save the dates. We look forward to hosting you and creating a space that enables open dialogue about the role of the youth in moving the African LGBTI communities upwards and onwards.

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PRESS RELEASE: Tanzania Police Arrests 13 for ‘homosexuality’!

20 October 2017

Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania

PRESS STATEMENT
On Tuesday, 17 October 2017, a legal consultation convened by Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) was raided by the Tanzanian Police. The consultation was convened in order to get more instructions and evidence on a case that we plan to file before a court. The case concerns a challenge to government’s decision to limit the provision of certain health services that it had previously provided.
Thirteen people were detained. No one has been charged but all were granted bail. On Wednesday, the Regional Commissioner of police issued a press statement, referring to the “arrests” and stated that twelve people who were promoting homosexuality had been arrested. On Friday 20 October 2017, the bail was revoked for everyone for no reason. They were advised that a fresh investigation process is starting and everyone is taken to custody. This mischaracterisation of a legal consultation where lawyers and their clients were discussing a very specific case to be referred to the court is unfortunate. The police had a copy of the concept note and the agenda of the consultation.  Three lawyers were part of the group, that was detained, and include ISLA’s executive director, Sibongile Ndashe.
The Tanzanian Constitution enshrines the right to seek legal redress when fundamental rights have been violated (Art 30(3)). The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights, which Tanzania is a signatory to, also recognises an individual’s right to an appeal to competent national organs against acts violating his fundamental rights as recognised and guaranteed by conventions, laws and customs in force (Art 7(a)). Tanzania is a signatory to a number of international human rights treaties that recognizes these and other related rights.

 

We view this as an attempt to intimidate citizens from approaching judicial institutions when their rights have been violated, to create an environment where lawyers are afraid to provide legal representation and to ultimately create an environment where it is unthinkable to hold the state accountable for human rights violations. There is no legal basis for these proceedings. We call upon Tanzanian authorities to discontinue the ongoing persecution of lawyers and their clients, allow citizens to access legal representation without intimidation and to allow the foreign nationals whose passports have been seized to leave the country.

Issued by CHESA and ISLA.

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LGBTI COMMUNITY IN SELEBI PHIKWE CRY OUT FOR A SUPPORT GROUP

By: @OTSETSWE KOOTLHOKILE

People of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI), often in rural communities, often have to live a discreet life. A secret existence boxed in conservative and confirmative societies that if they dare break from the norm, run the risk of being labelled abnormal.

For those brave enough, coming out as a homosexual is often closely followed by community and family backlash. The LGBTI community are often alienated by the very same community that has sworn to love, protect and support them at all times. The LGBTI community in Selebi Phikwe, has also had its fair share of abuse and ridicule from their closest kin. While some have managed to mend fences with community and family, some are still left to deal with the aftermath of their disclosure of their sexuality on their own.

The LGBTI community in Selebi Phikwe argue that they get little support and a support group would be very much welcome in the mining town. The LGBTI community argues that despite living conditions being bearable, there is a gap that only a support group could fill. Thato*, a gay man living in Selebi Phikwe, says there is a lot a support group can do to support the LGBTI community. “Most people think because we are not constantly harassed or bullied, all is well in Phikwe. I believe we need support in Phikwe in areas such as community and emotional support”. Thato says despite being accepted by his community and parents, he still feels there is a long way to go. “I am openly gay but that has not made it easier. I sometimes feel it has made my life a bit harder”. He goes on to further relate his story. “I have been openly gay since I was in senior secondary school. I have had teachers say really demeaning remarks to me and never told anyone about it because I could not identify anyone who could help me to deal with that. My parents even though they say they have accepted me, when we fight, they will say something really homophobic and it’s really hard to know where I stand with them”. Kabo* a gay man, also believes there is a need for a support group in Phikwe to help the LGBTI community deal with the issues they deal with every day. “When I came out to my family, they threatened to kick me out but they didn’t follow through. If they had followed through I don’t know where I would have gone to. I am unemployed and my family believes it’s because I live a life of sin as a homosexual, that’s why I can’t get a job. We need a support group that offers services such as shelter and counselling to LGBTI community in Phikwe”.

Thabo*, a self-confessed staunch Christian shares a story of a dream denied because of his sexual orientation. “My dream growing up was to be a praise and worship singer in any church. I went to a local church hoping I would be roped in but in one of the services the pastor revealed to the whole church that I am homosexual and I need to be delivered from that ‘spirit’. I never went back to that church and in fact I haven’t been to any church ever since”. Kabo says the church incident has since weighed heavily on him psychologically. “I tried to get counselling at the local hospital but if felt the counselor could not be bothered with what I was I was going through. Maybe if we had counselors that knew how to deal with LGBTI related cases. Most LGBTI would get better emotional and psychological support”.

Currently, the only support group that offers any sort of support to the LGBTI community in Selebi Phikwe is HIV non-governmental organization Silence Kills support group. The support group offers services such as, HIV prevention interventions, HIV counselling and referrals for treatment.

.*not real name

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