Make the constitution real for all: End hate crimes against LGBTi people.
Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), and the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) are organising a national conference the first of its kind in South Africa to discuss a way forward on the crisis facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender and Intersex (LGBTi) people in the country. Between May and August 2012, at least 8 cases of murders of members of LGBTi people in South Africa have been documented.
There are many more cases of daily harassment, rape and other forms of sexual violence, discrimination which render the promises of equality and enjoyment of the right to bodily integrity and security of the person as contained in the country’s constitution meaningless.
This targeting of LGBTi people has intensified in a context of expressions of homophobia in statements made by powerful figures in South African society, fuelling deep-seated prejudice.
The 1st national conference is taking place on 18-19 September 2012 and will be preceded by the Feminist Caucus on 17 September at 14:00 at the Orion Hotel, 49 Jorrisen Street, 1st Floor, Braamfontein – Johannesburg South Africa.