LGBTI Rights in Africa: Progress, Strategies, and the Way Forward

March 31, 2017, 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Furman Hall, Room 120
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012

Please RSVP here and bring ID to access NYU building.
This event is free and open to the public.
*Light food and drinks will be provided*

 A conversation between

Tashwill Esterhuizen

Head of the LGBTI & Sex Workers’ Rights Programme, Southern Africa Litigation Centre

and

 Charles Radcliffe

Senior Human Rights Advisor at the United Nations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Scholar in Residence, Center for Human Rights & Global Justice

About the event

The LGBTI community throughout Africa remains vulnerable to prejudice, homophobia, persecution, and discrimination on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Many governments continue to criminalize same-sex intimacy and advocacy for sexual minorities, perpetuating stereotypes and increasing the vulnerability of the LGBTI community. However, the past two decades have seen significant progress, thanks in large part to the bravery of activists willing to come forward and publicly claim their rights. SALC and Mr. Esterhuizen have represented some of those activists across southern Africa, winning important cases that further protect the rights of sexual minorities.

Come learn about the strategies that have led to wins in courts and on the streets, and how the struggle in Africa has impacted and been impacted by astonishing strides in normative development over the last two decades at the United Nations.

Co-hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, OUTLaw, the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, the African Law Association, and the Public Interest Law Center.