Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung Projekte Veranstaltungen Verband

Women Human Rights Defenders: How Intersectionality is put into Practice in Southern Africa


Online-Talk: Thursday, 23 September 2021, 5 – 6 pm

Activists from lesbian, bi- and queer women’s collectives in Mozambique and Eswatini will inform us of the current developments that are impacting their work in their respective countries. They will explain how the concept of intersectionality is being put into practice amidst often violent challenges. We will also hear about the feminist strategy of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and their experiences.

We will also discuss  what the growing threat to LGBTI people in various countries means for us in Germany, particularly in view of the German government’s new LGBTI Inclusion Strategy for Foreign Policy and Development Cooperation.


Botho Maruatona, Coalition of African Lesbians, Community and Campaigns Officer (Botswana)

Uzna, Feminist Brunch/Masakhane Collective (Mozambique)

Thuthu, Eswatini Queer Women’s Collective (Eswatini)

Moderator: Cornelia Sperling, German Project Manager of Masakhane (Germany)

Please click on this link to register: https://eveeno.com/HES-women-rights-SA

The access link for the Zoom session will be sent to all registered users by email a few hours in advance of the event. The event will be held in English.

Masakhane is the largest development cooperation project for lesbian and transwomen ever funded by the BMZ (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The project was initiated in 2014 by LSVD and filia.die frauenstiftung and is led by the Coalition of African Lesbians, which is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Background information:

  • Organising in a pandemic”:  Masakhane report on LGBTI grassroots organizing with many voices from LBQ women’s collectives in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the Covid 19 pandemic, the vulnerability of women and LGBTI has increased, but so have civil society activities! A PDF of this report will be emailed to all registered participants.

An event by Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation as part of the project: LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders.


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