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


09Nov 17
Joint Statement To The 61st Session Of The African Commission On Human And Peoples’ Rights In Response To The Report By The Special Rapporteur On The Rights Of Human Rights Defenders In Africa

Joint Statement to the 61st session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in response to the Report by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders in Africa

[French follows] November 9, 2017 Madame Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners, The Coalition of African Lesbians makes this statement written after a consultative meeting with Women Human Rights Defenders from 14 organizations on the eve of this auspicious gathering. Over the years, this Commission has stood firm behind human rights defenders and…

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06Nov 17
The Commission: From Silence To Resistance

The Commission: From Silence to Resistance

In her documentary film The Commission: From Silence to Resistance, feminist activist and filmmaker Bev Palesa Ditsie manages to do something nearly impossible; tell the story of nearly a decade of advocacy efforts at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. The Commission chronicles the journey of the Coalition…

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03Nov 17
Coalition Of African Lesbians (CAL) Statement On The Human Rights Situation In Africa (Item 5) To The 61st  Ordinary Session Of The African Commission On Human And Peoples’ Rights

Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Africa (Item 5) to the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

[French follows] 2 November 2017 Madame Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners, We congratulate the Commission on its 30 years of operation, the last 2 years under the stellar leadership of Commissioner Pansy Tlakula. Over the past decade important gains have been made in advancing sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and rights…

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