Background

Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) is the largest membership based and democratically organised LGBTI organisation in Africa. We currently have 146 member organisations throughout the continent working on human rights and equality for LGBTI people. Our secretariat is based in Johannesburg, South Africa where we managed to secure registration as a Non-Profit Organisation.

In May 2016, PAI held its third Regional Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. A total of 184 delegates from 34 countries participated in the conference. There were 2 days of pre-conferences followed by 3 days of the main conference. LGBTI issues were raised and concerns discussed and a new PAI Board was also elected. It was decided that the next Regional Conference would be held in Gaborone, Botswana in 2018.

Pan Africa ILGA – 2018 Regional Conference

The African LGBTI movement increasingly finds itself at the crossroads of change. Where significant progress is made in some countries, deterioration of human rights of LGBTI people can be witnessed in others. The speed with which progress and wins come, vary considerably. But whether change comes overnight or only after years, change has one important common denominator: it can only be achieved through visionary leadership, endurance and strong partnerships. Hence the very growing need for African LGBTI activists to meet in numbers to foster these partnerships, garner the leaders, groom the new ones and be unified as a continental movement.

This Regional Conference shall be held from 31st May 2018 to 4th June 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana co-hosted by LEGABIBO. The theme for this conference shall be Empowering LGBTI Youth: Uniting for an Inclusive Future. The conference is expected to stir discussion toward empowerment, utilisation and the capacity of LGBTI youth, engage on common regional strategies to achieve change in policies discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, create a forum for the exchange best practices, sharing successes and opportunities for effective advocacy on the continent of Africa as well as receiving advocacy training in relation to relevant regional and international bodies including the ACHPR and the UN. During the main conference, we shall review and consider amendments to PAI’s constitution and standing orders while acquiring tools to strengthen PAI in fulfilling its role as a regional organisation.

Aims of the Conference

  • Engage on common regional strategies to achieve change in policies that discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics;
  • Develop strategies to build the capacity of LGBTI youth across the continent through capacity-building workshops;
  • Create a forum to exchange ideas on best practices, while sharing successes and opportunities;
  • Share ideas for effective advocacy in Africa;
  • Receive advocacy training in relation to relevant regional and international bodies, including the ACHPR and the UN; and
  • Confirm the mandate of the PAI Board in taking LGBTI rights forward on the continent.

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