Kopano – Freedom For All

The Kopano provided a platform to talk about how to change the views, practices and institutions that prevent people because of who they are and who they love from living a safe and dignified life.

The Kopano provided a platform to talk about how to change the views, practices and institutions that prevent people because of who they are and who they love from living a safe and dignified life.

LEGABIBO took part in the just ended Kopano – Freedom For All convening which was organized by The Other Foundation in the Soweto, Johannesburg. The aim of the Kopano was to bring together LGBTI activists, religious leaders, human rights organisations to talk about the different issues that the LGBTI persons face in Africa, the lessons learned and finding a way forward. The Kopano was meant to provide a space for everyone to reflect together about what everyone is doing, what is working, what is not working and why – with the aim of providing support to each other to develop even smarter strategies to help achieve the depth and scale of social change that we seek.

What We Learned?

Among some of the issues discussed; there is still a lot of homophobia and transphobia in our societies and even in the LGBTI community itself. The LGBTI persons are very quick not to accept our very own queer brothers and sisters but want to be accepted and validated by the broader. The policy makers and religious leaders also need to be continued to be involved in continuous dialogues on LGBTI issues and help to reconcile one with their faith and their sexuality. The need to incorporate arts and culture in our advocacy and awareness raising is vital if we want to get results and reach a broader audience.

The Other Foundation is an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights and social inclusion in southern Africa with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. The primary focus of the organization is to expand the resources available to defend and advance the rights and well being of the LGBTI people, recognizing the particular dynamics of race, poverty and inequality, sex, gender, national origin, heritage and politics in the world.

The South African premier of While You Weren’t Looking also took place as part of the Kopano. The film which was produced by the Out Of Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town Queers.

Have a look at the trailer of While You Weren’t Looking.

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