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


04Mar 19


The 40th session of the HRC takes place in Geneva from 25 February to 22 March 2019 As usual CAL, through our membership of the SRI will be engaging throughout the council by: Preparing and delivering statements    Engaging with state representatives to suggest progressive SRHR language in resolutionsHosting side events…

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31Jan 19
Masakhane 2017 Achievements, Lessons & Learning

Masakhane 2017 Achievements, Lessons & Learning

2017 marked a celebration of milestones by the Coalition of African Lesbian’s [CAL], in movement building, resulting from our work with national organisations in three Southern African countries: Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, supporting them, both financially and technically, to learn together in order to effectively mobilise, organise themselves, and implement…

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28Nov 18
African Feminist Standpoint Podcast: Episode 1: Abortion

African Feminist Standpoint Podcast: Episode 1: Abortion

https://soundcloud.com/calcoalition/african-feminist-standpoint-episode-1-abortion This podcast is the product of a conversation that was hosted by the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) on the 28th of September 2017. The webinar titled ‘An Autonomy & Abortion Webinar: Demanding full control over our bodies and our lives’, invited activists from the Democratic Republic of Congo…

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29Oct 18
AIDS And Rights Alliance For Southern Africa (ARASA) Statement At The 63rd Ordinary Session Of The African Commission On Human And Peoples’ Rights

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) Statement at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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…

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