A Pan African movement that promotes and respects bodily integrity and equal protection of human rights regardless of culture, religion and faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.
To unify and strengthen LGBTI organising in Africa in order to challenge state legislation that impedes SOGIE-related work.
The Pan Africa International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (PAI) is a federation of organisations in Africa working to improve human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE). PAI has undergone a revival in the past two years as a result of two significant events. In November 2013 a consultative meeting was held in South Africa that was followed by a regional conference in Kenya in 2014 where the current executive board of PAI was elected with ten representatives from the continent. A conference decision was made to register PAI in South Africa where the Secretariat is located because of the prevailing conducive legal environment.
In addition it was agreed that a 3-year strategic plan be developed, to be informed by a survey of human rights concerns, mapping exercise and a needs analysis circulated to members. The French and English on line survey resulted in an impressive response from 70 members, mostly from Francophone countries in Africa. PAI Board members met in Johannesburg at end of January 2015 to develop this 3-year strategic plan and agree the accompanying monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework.
The strategic plan also drew on a literature review of recommendations, thematic areas and values that had been discussed at both Johannesburg’s consultative meeting and Nairobi conference. In summary the role of PAI and thematic areas to be addressed were considered by members to be the following:
1.1 Role and function of PAI:
- To build a unified African movement and provide forum to respond to needs of members through coordination and collaboration.
- To devise advocacy strategies to hold governments accountable and advocate for the protection, promotion and respect of LGBTI rights in Africa.
- To influence regional and international human rights institutions and ensure that the issues pertinent to the diversity of members in the African region are well represented at regional and global platforms.
- Promote research and documentation of human rights violations in collaboration with domestic LGBTI rights activists and other human rights organisations.
- Contribute to growth and capacity development of members by strengthening regional initiatives and capacity for advocacy.
- Be a communication hub of information exchange and information resource through the website and social media to provide support and link members.
1.2 Thematic issues to be addressed:
- Human rights violations that affect the safety and security for LGBTI organisations and individuals across Africa.
- Right to health information for LGBTI persons free from stigma and discrimination.
- Religious fundamentalism that perpetuates social isolation, stigma and discrimination of LGBTI persons.
- Influencing resolutions and other decisions on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and African Commission on Human and People’s rights (ACHPR) and other human rights mechanisms.