Regional Advocacy:

The Advocacy Programme at The Coalition of African Lesbians works regionally this portion of our work involves working to achieve change with activists, regional civil society groups and state representatives.

The Coalition of African Lesbians works with our member and partner organisations to prepare and submit shadow reports to states reporting to the ACHPR; co-host side events and panels; facilitate access and participation at the NGO forum and ACHPR session; present statements before the ACHPR on the human rights situation of women in Africa, with a particular focus on SRHR, civil society organizing and women human rights defenders.

CAL also meets with special procedures mandate holders and has in the past contributed to reports produced by these special procedures. CAL interacts with and lobbies state representatives and ACHPR commissioners in the lead up to and during the sessions.

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

CAL’s ACHPR observer status was granted in April 2015. CAL participates in the bi-annual Commission sessions and the preceding NGO Forum.