The Coalition of African Lesbians is a feminist, activist and Pan-Africanist network of 14 organisations in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa committed to advancing freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for all women on the African continent and beyond.

The Coalition is committed to raising consciousness amongst and strengthening activism and leadership of lesbian women on sexuality and gender and its intersections with a wide range of lived realities.

We understand the place of Africa in the world and work in ways that affirm African agency and power to contribute to transformative change on the continent and in the world.

We believe in the power of collective action. We view ourselves as a part of social movements, including the women’s movements, the sexual and reproductive rights movements and the economic justice movement.

Autonomy Project BotswanaCAL Secretariat 2017


10Apr 19
CAL @ HRC40: In Review

CAL @ HRC40: In review

From the 25 February to 22 March 2019, CAL participated in the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, either through its membership of the Sexual Rights Initiative or physically with a delegation of 3 staff members on the 2nd and 3rd week of this Council’s session. CAL,…

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29Mar 19
HRC40: Summary Of Our Social Media Coverage

HRC40: Summary of our social media coverage

CAL attended the latest sessions of the UN Human Rights Council that was held in Geneva from 25 February to 22 March 2019. Below is a collection of our social media coverage of the event during this session.

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25Mar 19
Joint Statement: Results Of The UN HRC40 Session

Joint Statement: Results of the UN HRC40 Session

CAL in partnership with the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Center for Reproductive Rights, CREA, Women Enabled International, ARROW, Akahatá, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, and the Federation for Women and Family Planning applaud South Africa’s leadership in bringing forth a resolution on discrimination against women and girls in…

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14Mar 19
HRC40: Statement UPR Nigeria

HRC40: Statement UPR Nigeria

Thank you Mr. President, Action Canada makes this statement on behalf of Women Action for Gender Equality (WAGE), the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and the Sexual Rights Initiative. We welcome Nigeria’s acceptance of Finland's recommendation to take specific steps to promote, protect and fulfil the sexual and reproductive rights…

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In a statement published by 10 organisations said: “Given the further hardening of antidemocratic and decidedly mis… https://t.co/meMfN3X1H3
"It has also opposed the use of the word “gender”, seeing it as a cover for liberal promotion of transgender rights."
"In recent months, the Trump administration has taken a hard line, refusing to agree to any UN documents that refer… https://t.co/PYr2coGtMk
"The resolution passed by the security council on Tuesday after a three-hour debate and a weekend of fierce negotia… https://t.co/wfrJssQIQ9
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