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The SOGIESC Unit engages in advocacy and public sensitization around key emerging human rights issues affecting sexual and genders diverse persons in Africa targeted at key stakeholders such as policymakers, states, government departments, the public and sexual and gender diverse organizations and individuals. The unit works towards influencing policies, laws, actions, and plans in a positive way to ensure that the rights of sexual and gender diverse persons in Africa are respected and governments act on their duty to respect, promote and protect these rights by virtue of having ratified the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other human rights conventions and charters.

COVID-19 Research

Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa

COVID-19 Research
The pamphlet highlights the challenges that LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa face during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggests what can be done to mitigate these challenges.

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#AHRC - Sexual Minority Rights in Africa

Sexual Minority Rights in Africa

Advanced Human Rights Course
The Advanced Human Rights Course on Sexual Minority Rights in Africa is a short course that introduces participants to basic SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics) concepts and a thematic and geographical exposition of challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa.

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Scholarship for LGBTI Defenders

Scholarships for LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders

The SOGIESC Unit runs an annual scholarship for sexual and gender diverse individuals to pursue a one-year masters study programme in the Centre for Human Rights’ trademark Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) programme that is offered each year. 

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Access to justice through Equality Courts

Access to justice through Equality Courts

This component of the SOGIESC Unit provides free legal support services in the form of guidance and court representation for persons who have been victims of discrimination through the Equality Courts of South Africa and other relevant courts such as the Labour Courts.

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AU - Engagement

African Union Engagements

The SOGIESC Unit strategically engages at the regional and international levels with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which is the African Union’s human rights body.

The Centre has observer status at the African Commission and ECOSOC consultative status, this makes it well-positioned to influence and drive the agenda for the realisation of the human rights of sexual minorities in Africa. 

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Publications

SOGIESC Unit Publications

The SOGIESC Unit helps produce key reports and publications on sexual minority rights in Africa written by members of the Unit, partnering writers, or by alumni of the Centre.

Some of the Units' notable publications include - Resolution 275 | Ending Violence | Fact sheet on intersex persons |  Violence based on perceived or real Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa

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The SOGIESC Unit engages in advocacy and public sensitization around key emerging human rights issues affecting sexual and genders diverse persons in Africa targeted at key stakeholders such as policymakers, states, government departments, the public and sexual and gender diverse organizations and individuals. The unit works towards influencing policies, laws, actions, and plans in a positive way to ensure that the rights of sexual and gender diverse persons in Africa are respected and governments act on their duty to respect, promote and protect these rights by virtue of having ratified the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other human rights conventions and charters.

COVID-19 Research

Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa

COVID-19 Research
The pamphlet highlights the challenges that LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa face during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggests what can be done to mitigate these challenges.

Read more

#AHRC - Sexual Minority Rights in Africa

Sexual Minority Rights in Africa

Advanced Human Rights Course
The Advanced Human Rights Course on Sexual Minority Rights in Africa is a short course that introduces participants to basic SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics) concepts and a thematic and geographical exposition of challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa.

Read more

Scholarship for LGBTI Defenders

Scholarships for LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders

The SOGIESC Unit runs an annual scholarship for sexual and gender diverse individuals to pursue a one-year masters study programme in the Centre for Human Rights’ trademark Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) programme that is offered each year. 

Read more

Access to justice through Equality Courts

Access to justice through Equality Courts

This component of the SOGIESC Unit provides free legal support services in the form of guidance and court representation for persons who have been victims of discrimination through the Equality Courts of South Africa and other relevant courts such as the Labour Courts.

Read more

AU - Engagement

African Union Engagements

The SOGIESC Unit strategically engages at the regional and international levels with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which is the African Union’s human rights body.

The Centre has observer status at the African Commission and ECOSOC consultative status, this makes it well-positioned to influence and drive the agenda for the realisation of the human rights of sexual minorities in Africa. 

Read more

Publications

SOGIESC Unit Publications

The SOGIESC Unit helps produce key reports and publications on sexual minority rights in Africa written by members of the Unit, partnering writers, or by alumni of the Centre.

Some of the Units' notable publications include - Resolution 275 | Ending Violence | Fact sheet on intersex persons |  Violence based on perceived or real Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa

Read more