African Emergency Response and Preventive Strategy Against SOGIE based persecutionJune 14, 2017
AMSHeR Hosts the African Emergency Response and Preventive Strategy Against SOGIE based persecution and prosecutions in Africa
On June 14th, 2017 – as part of the process to develop an African Emergency Response and Contingency Mechanism, AMSHeR convened a conversation on ‘African Emergency Response and Preventive Strategies against SOGIE-based persecution and prosecutions in Africa’ – on the side-lines of the 6th Regional Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference organised by UHAI EASHRI in Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the of the self-organised event was to reflect on what best regional mechanism should be adopted to bring crucial principles of dignity, social justice and collective organising in responding to or preventing violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression [SOGIE] in Africa and focussed on two main questions/issues that formed the centrepieces of the discussion –
- In your experience, what have been the models of responding to or preventing SOGIE-based violence and persecutions in Africa?
- How would a successful African CSO-led Framework for responding to or preventing SOGIE-based persecutions look like?
Since 2012, the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) has been implementing an emergency response and preventive security across the continent; supporting its constituencies to respond to instances of SOGIE-based persecution and prosecution, and working with its members and affiliates to develop risk mitigation and security improvements strategies. This approach had the merits of being flexible and adjusting to the local context in terms of identifying needs and challenges. It’s more than ever time to consolidate the lessons and adopt a more pro-active and structured continental mechanism that address safety and security needs of our communities in a more holistic and systematic way.
AMSHeR’s Emergency Response and Contingency Mechanism seeks to achieve the organisational strategic objective 2 stressed in the current AMSHeR policy document [2015-2018], which underscores the importance of an “improved response to stigma, discrimination and violations based on sexuality and gender in Africa.”
‘On a continent where issues of sexuality and gender are used for oppression and perpetuating heteronormativity, it is crucial to pro-actively establish a regional mechanisms that addresses safety and security needs of individuals and human rights defenders in danger based on who they are and what they do.’ Said Berry Nibogora, the AMSHeR Law and Human Rights Advocacy Manager.
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