As a rights-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent international human rights
instruments are at the heart of all our work.
From our foundation, we have
recognised that marginalised and vulnerable groups are most likely to
experience violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural
rights. The LGBT+ Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - the ‘plus’ is intended to be inclusive of other sexual and gender minorities, such as intersex, questioning and asexual persons) often face discrimination and exclusion.
A motion was passed by an ACTSA AGM stating that it ‘is
appalled that homosexuality is illegal in most countries of Southern Africa and
notes with horror the attacks on members of LGB & T [lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender] communities’. The motion reaffirmed ACTSA's commitment to work on equality and diversity and requested ACTSA consider what actions the organisation could take on LGBT rights.
What is ACTSA doing?
ACTSA is an active member of the LGBT+ and International Development Round Table and has undertaken an initial mapping of LGBT+ rights organisations in Southern Africa. ACTSA would like to grow links with LGBT+
rights organisations in Southern Africa and promote their work and messages to
policy-makers and decision-makers in the UK and in intergovernmental organisations
(such as the European Union and UN).
Where possible, we
would also like to work with LGBT+ rights organisations in Southern Africa and
LGBT+ rights organisations in the UK who work internationally.
Click here to read more about our goals in the area of LGBT+ Rights in the UK and globally.
What can you do to get involved?
If you would like to support the work ACTSA is doing on LGBT+ Rights, you can join ACTSA as a member, donate, or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.