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


07Dec 17
Autonomy Project Posters (2017)

Autonomy Project Posters (2017)

The Autonomy Project is a four-year campaign in Southern Africa, East Africa and West and Central Africa. The Campaign is in various stages of development in each of these sub-regions. It is a multi-country feminist campaign which is led by women who are marginalised based on sexuality and gender. These…

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01Dec 17
Making Access Real Publication NOW Available!!

Making Access Real Publication NOW available!!

In February 2017, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) celebrated the power of our activism as African feminists and women human rights defenders with the publication of eight (8) case studies from organisations in Southern Africa who are working to advance a range of rights related to accessing healthcare. Activists from…

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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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