Madame Chair, Commissioners, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) makes this statement in support of an autonomous group of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women in Botswana and the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). Recalling that Article 2 of the African Charter prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis…
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.
25 October 2018 Madame Chairperson, Commissioners, POWA makes this statement on behalf of the Coalition of African Lesbians. At the 61st Ordinary Session of the ACHPR, CAL made reference to the specific rights violations and protection gaps experienced by women human rights defenders. CAL cited the groundbreaking report of the…
[la version française suit ci-dessous] A shorter version of this statement was presented at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council under item 8. I make this statement on behalf of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Coalition of African Lesbians, the Sexual Rights Initiative,…
[la version française suit ci-dessous] At the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, CAL co-signed with 222 other civil society organisations a statement on the Global Day of Action for Legal and safe abortion through its work with the Sexual Rights Initiative. Read the statement in English and in…
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