A View on Gender: A small step towards ending LGBTI persecution

Speed read

  • In Africa many LGBTI people are discriminated against, even when this is outlawed
  • Research shows they may be denied healthcare, evicted and subject to blackmail
  • A mechanism to deal with these on-the-ground abuses needs to be developed    

A view on gender

Last month(Nov 2014), the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning acts of violence and discrimination “committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity”. [1]

The resolution was hailed by campaigners as a “significant moment” for global lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) movements and evidence of the council’s growing commitment to supporting suchrights. [2] It is only the second time the council has passed a resolution on LGBTI rights. [3]

Full report at SciDev.Net

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