PROMOTING AND DEFENDING SEXUAL DIVERSITY AND RIGHTS

The Sexual Diversity and Rights Programme (SDR) works towards a gender and sexual diverse (GSD) community in southern Africa which experiences no prejudice or discrimination and is free to express themselves and fully exercise their human rights. The SDR programme is committed to a society in which the broader community is well informed about sexual orientation and gender identity Issues (SOGI) and accepting of gender and sexual diverse people.  Our objective is to “create larger opportunities for sexual minorities in southern Africa to enjoy the freedom to live their lives in their own way and to be accepted by and have full participation in society”. Our key thematic areas include: sexual health and rights, advocacy for rights and policy change, amplifying civic voices and public participation, knowledge development and exchange, safety and security, movement building and collaborative efforts. With Johannesburg as its base, the sexual diversity and rights programme supports work in 10 southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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