Why We Joined the Fights
Uganda, like many formerly colonized countries, stigmatizes and discriminates Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons (LGBTQ) hence violence in all forms remains unspoken about. Many times, it is either encouraged, dismissed or trivialized by policymakers and society. Uganda’s constitution, which is meant to provide protections for ALL persons, including LGBTQ persons holds no protections and LGBTQ persons are still criminalized and invisibilised.
Every Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender person, has experienced violence, be it physical or psychological and has a story to tell around violence. Across the country, we have registered targets which is fueled by homophobia, transphobia, stereotyping and misinformation.
From Chapter 4, Article 20 that call for fundamental rights and freedoms of all individuals being “inherited and not granted by the state” to Article 21 that caters for Equality and Freedom from Discrimination, one would expect these protections to apply to lives of LBQT women and girls as well. Unfortunately, the above provisions have not been extended to us. Instead, the government has continuously violated these provisions unashamedly.
Gender-based violence continues to be fueled by the patriarchy that underlies our cultural, societal and religious constructs. These constructs define our gender depending on that assigned to us at birth, put women at the submissive angle in life, acknowledges and approves sex acts only between male and female binary leading to misinformation about gender diversity.
Many LBQT women are forced into marriages, raped by family partners or gang-raped claiming to rectify their sexuality. Many are denied the right to life through mob justice, denied the right to education, terminated from workplaces, unfairly treated and many different times excluded from participation in the development of their communities.
In June 2019, Freedom and Roam (FARUG), an LBQ organization in Uganda launched a publication on the Lived Realities of Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer women in Uganda, which highlights the different social, political, economic and health experiences.
Spiritually, there has not been any favours for us because places of worship are leading in the spread of hate and discrimination. The holy books are used in favor of the perpetrators. Due to the high level of discrimination and stigma in our societies, many LBQT women have lost their lives through psychological or physical abuses.
For years, LBQT women have been economically violated through unequal opportunity, denied opportunities to work, less or no payment attached to our work. This has and still keeps many in the vicious cycle of poverty. When global development goals are set, they do not fully capture their experiences of discrimination and exclusion when it comes to unequal distribution of resources. We cannot attain the good health and wellbeing goal if all available alternatives are set in line with heteronormative solutions.
Education is vital if we are to eradicate poverty, better our lives and have a knowledgeable society. We must have a society which promotes gender equality with a fair representation of all persons, equal opportunity and distributions of roles, one which is free from any form of discrimination. Our cities and community can only be sustainable if they are safe for everyone and inclusive.
The Team Driving Our Activities
Below is the brilliant team behind the successes of this organization making all programs achievable through their hard work and dedication to help the LBQ Community and Conserve the Environment!
Cecilia Koburunga Kakyo
Administration & Wellness
Advocacy & Research Associate
Advocacy & Research Associate
- To strengthen visibility, recognition and inclusion of the Lesbians, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender persons feminist movement in Uganda.
- To advocate for Legal Justice, protection of Human Rights of Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender persons in Uganda.
- To research, monitor, Documentation of lived realities of LBQT persons and advocate for inclusion in Uganda.
- To avail safe and wellness spaces and services to LBQT persons in Uganda.
- To promote gainful employment with appropriate skilling and mentorship programs in Uganda.
- To promote institutional Growth in Uganda.
OUR FOCUS GROUP
Lesbians, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender persons and Refugees who identify as LBQT persons.