LGBTI and Access to Information in Africa

This guide is designed to assist persons in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) sector in Africa to recognise the important role that access to information can play in the achievement of their advocacy goals and the protection of their human rights.

In many African countries same-sex relationships are illegal. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are treated as criminals. Even in countries where the laws do not prohibit same-sex relationships, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people are victimised. The concept of same-sex conduct as ‘un-African' is dominant and repressive. Transgender and intersex people are also victimised and gender identity or being intersex is often misunderstood as being related to sexual orientation.

The vast majority of LGBTI people are shut off from accessing their rights because of social isolation and cultural exclusion. This is compounded by the fact that African society is dominated by heterosexist and homo-prejudice sources of information and representation.

This booklet outlines how LGBTI people can use access to information to push for the recognition of their rights and inform evidence-based advocacy campaigns to bring about change. It outlines the importance of the right to information and the legal basis for the right in Africa. It provides examples of how the right to information can be used to address issues facing the LGBTI sector and uses a case study to demonstrate how access to information has been used to assist a transgender employee to exercise her rights.

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This guide was made possible through the generous support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and Atlantic Philanthropies.

 

Freedom of Information Programme
FOIP Capacity Building Project
Accessing Information in the LGBTI Sector
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PAIA Resource Kit
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PAIA Workshop Guide
The PAIA Workshop Guide is a comprehensive training manual for people wanting to learn how to use PAIA.
PAIA: Case Studies from Civil Society DVD and Guide
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