Klupod: Live Podcast on queer rights, developments, and challenges in Africa today
This programme item is in English.
The live podcast will undertake issues related to queer rights in Africa. In most African countries LGBTQ+ rights are considered at best an irrelevant issue, or at worst received with hostility. A majority of African states expressly prohibit homosexual acts. Most of these laws were put in place during during the colonial era, before independence. In recent years a number of African leaders have made disparaging or hostile statements against the LGBTQ+ community.
Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania, but the laws were rarely enforced. Homophobia and attacks and arrests on LGBTQ+ people have, however, risen since President John Magafuli's election in 2015.
In the midst of this, African activists are working hard to change the current climate through challenging the courts, cultural initiatives and a focus on sexual health. Developments also differ throughout the region with South Africa that legalizes same-sex marriage and Mozambique that recently removed the Portuguese colonial era laws criminalising homosexual behavior.
We want to invite you for a conversation on what's happening in Africa today and what we can expect going forward.
Keziah Bianca, a Kenyan activist who currently resides in Norway and works on maternal health in Amathea will be joining our conversation. Tor Kjetil Edland, international advisor in FRI who has collaborated closely with LGBTQ+ organization in Africa will also be joining our conversation.