Thursday, 9 December 2010

Using international bodies against homophobia: Ugandan experience

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Source: IGLHRC

By Sara Perle

The discrimination faced by the LGBT community in Uganda has captured the headlines in various ways over the last year – from the 2009 proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill to the recent publication of names and incitement of hate and violence against activists and community members in a tabloid newspaper. Activists in Uganda have been consistently engaged in thwarting these efforts including through working to hold Uganda accountable to its human rights commitments at the international level.

Over the past several months IGLHRC has had the opportunity to work with activists in Uganda on efforts to ensure the government’s compliance with its commitments in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Convention).

IGLHRC works with local partners to share learning and experiences on developing reports and advocacy regarding their government’s compliance with CEDAW and in conjunction with activists developed the tool: “Equal and Indivisible: Crafting Inclusive Shadow Reports for CEDAW.”

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