The Unfulfilled Promise of LGBTQ Rights in South Africa

When apartheid ended a quarter century ago, South Africa’s new rulers rushed to adopt inclusive legislation, passing laws enshrining gender equality and freedom of expression. The country now has some of the most progressive LGBTQ laws in the world, including full constitutional protections against discrimination. This legal environment is unmatched on a continent where colonial-era laws against gay sex are still commonplace, and where offenders in some nations face the death penalty. But refugees fleeing homophobia elsewhere often find a country that is morally conservative, hostile, and profoundly violent. The rights promised on paper in South Africa remain out of reach for many who need them most, particularly those fleeing homophobia elsewhere.

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3rd Annual International Conference on Sexuality: Health, Education and Rights
Bangkok, Thailand
19 - 21 July 2019
The African Regional Child Trauma Conference
Cape Town, South Africa
18 - 21 August 2019
Gender (Non)Conformity International Conference
Oxford, United Kingdom
7 September 2019
6th Global Conference on Violence Against Women
Cape Town, South Africa
21 - 25 October, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
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International technical guidance on sexuality education

FGM and Social Norms: A Guide to Designing Culturally Sensitive Community Programmes  
This report presents evidence on common assumptions about female genital mutilation (FGM), including often inaccurate and harmful discourses about the practice, and also addresses the current gap in literature on how to design culturally-sensitive programmes to shift social norms around FGM.download

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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This report captures promising gender transformative work on child, early and forced marriages taking place in politically and culturally conservative contexts, including programmes led by grassroots organisations.DOWNLOAD

WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
This report provides guideline on self-care, which includes health promotion; disease prevention and control; self-medication; providing care to dependent persons; seeking hospital/specialist/primary care if necessary; and rehabilitation, and palliative care.download
 

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