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.
Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa
Sexual Minority Rights in Africa
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.
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.
African Union Engagements
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.
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