2016 International Day of Democracy- “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Press Statement
2016 International Day of Democracy- “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
To: All Media Houses
From: The Lesbians Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana – LEGABIBO
Date: 13th August 2016

September 15th has been declared the International Day of Democracy. This year’s theme is “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, acknowledging the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations, of which Botswana is a part of. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda lays out a plan to be carried out over 15 years aimed at addressing extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustices, and protecting the planet.
Core to the implementation process of the 2030 Agenda is emphasis on inclusion and involvement of the State, civil society and citizens. These are crucial democratic ideals and in line with the way the agenda was developed. This year’s theme is dedicated to Goal number 16 which aims to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. Its targets include reducing all forms of violence, promoting the rule of law and justice for all, developing effective institutions, participation in decision making at all levels and legal identity for all.
The LGBT community in Botswana would like to recognise the relevance of Goal 16 to our experiences of democracy and celebrate the positive efforts the Botswana Government has made at the early stages by legally recognising LEGABIBO as an LGBTI organisation in April 2016, enabling the LGBT community to exercise their democratic right to approach the courts and challenge prejudices and inequalities. The registration of LEGABIBO as a society the represents and advocates for the human rights of LGBT manifests freedom of association, expression and assembly.
A registered LEGABIBO affirms that Botswana is ready to include LGBTI in democratic and civil society spaces, which were often inaccessible without legal recognition. On behalf of LGBTI, LEGABIBO is now able to respond to inequalities and injustices; adress homophobic undertones that seek to execerbate gender inequalities and violence against LGBTI. LEGABIBO is also able to support public health by adressing inequalities in accessing health services which are perpetuated by stigma and discrimination in
health care facilities and the exclusion of LGBT in health policies and laws. Registration of LEGABIBO allows the LGBT movement to speak on behalf of, defend and protect the democratic rights of LGBTI who face discrimination.
In commemoration of the 2016 International Day of Democracy – September 15th, LEGABIBO plans to hand over the petition to the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs to lobby for the Minister to protect citizens against hatred, violence, and promote human rights and dignity by preventing Reverend Steven Anderson and his followers from spreading hatred against an already marginalised group.

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Contact LEGABIBO on:
T +267 316 74 25
F +267 316 74 65
Social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Botswana, Instagram

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