African Feminist Standpoint Issue #3: Breathe In!

African Feminist Standpoint Issue #3: Breathe In!

Welcome to Issue 3 of the African Feminist Standpoint! Wellness! Care! Community! Healing! All poignant, urgent and necessary for us, for movement building, for liberation, for freedom. For a long time feminist activists have been doing critical and groundbreaking work around how we think about and practice wellness in a way that nurtures and does…

Statement: Contemporary Forms Of Slavery

Statement: Contemporary Forms of Slavery

Thank You Madam President, Action Canada makes this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative and the Coalition of African Lesbians. Contemporary forms of slavery, as a concept and a reality, is steeped in the history of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade that continues to get treated as a thing…

RALF Newsletter: September 2020

RALF Newsletter: September 2020

Advocacy @ CAL In the beginning of this year CAL welcomed an Advocacy manager to our team. Fadzai has a long history with CAL and was a part of the team that organised at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' rights and eventually secured CAL observer status in 2016…


13Jun 14
African Civil Society Organisations Demand A Date For The Regional Seminar On Ending Violence Based On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity And Expression

African Civil Society Organisations demand a date for the regional Seminar on Ending Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 June 2014 Johannesburg – South Africa African civil society organisations have demanded that Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of   International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa, sets a date for the Regional Seminar on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression in Africa. This follows…

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27May 14
African Civil Society Organisations Commend The African Commission’s Resolution Condemning Violence And Other Human Rights Violations Based On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity (SOGI)

African Civil Society Organisations commend the African Commission’s Resolution condemning violence and other Human Rights violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

African civil society organisations and human rights defenders working to advance human and peoples’ rights in Africa welcome the adoption of a ‘Resolution on .’ The Resolution was adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the most recent session held in Luanda, Angola, May 2014. This…

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17May 14
Statement From The Coalition Of African Lesbians On May 17: Gender Non-Conforming, Trans-Identifying, And Non-Heteronormative Africans Unite To Bring Africa Back

Statement from the Coalition of African Lesbians on May 17: Gender Non-Conforming, Trans-Identifying, and Non-Heteronormative Africans Unite to Bring Africa Back

This year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) finds us at a perilous time on our continent. This year in its infancy has seen the passing of two restrictive, intolerant and oppressive legislations that target the rights and freedoms of African women and men that don’t conform to heterosexist…

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About us

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.

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