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Genders and sexualities in Africa: Changing times

19 July 2018
12:30 - 13:30

Date: 19 July 2018    Time: 12:30 – 13:30  Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

This is a time of significant change in relation to sexual and gender diversity across the African continent. Sexual and gender minorities are becoming more vocal, more visible and more determined in working towards full social inclusion. However this social movement has been met by significant political, cultural, legislative and religious backlash. In this rapidly shifting context the ‘Genders and Sexualities in Africa’ working group in the Human and Social Development (HSD) Programme focuses on a number of key priority areas in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. These include: violence, including homophobia and transphobia; the challenges and opportunities for queer youth; the role of language related to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI); and the impact of culture and religion on LGBTI life. There is a sustained global movement to promote and protect the human rights of sexual and gender minorities which finds expression on the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17 each year.

Mr Molemo Ramphalile, PhD Intern, Human and Social Development (HSD)

Prof Heidi Van Rooyen, Executive Director, HSD, Dr Chammah Kaunda, Senior Research Specialist, HSD, Dr Ingrid Lynch, Senior Research Specialist, HSD, Dr Benita Moolman, Senior Research Specialist, HSD and Dr Finn Reygan, Senior Research Specialist, HSD

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:
Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

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