To promote inclusion of LGBT+ people in society and the recognition of their rights, by opposing discrimination and stereotyping, while also making LGBT+ communities more resilient.
Dakar, Lagos, Lusaka Maputo and Nairobi.
LGBT+ people face discrimination and exclusion by the wider society. Religious, community and political leaders play a key role in shaping negative public opinion. They use anti-LGBT+ rhetoric that reinforces stigma and to some extent, instigates violence against LGBT+ persons. Their views are echoed by the media in a sensationalist way. As a result, LGBT+ communities suffer from exclusion and often live in fear for their safety.
The Strong in Diversity program focuses on engaging those who oppose LGBT+ rights in dialogue and building alliances with them, as well as strengthening the resilience of LGBT+ communities. Together with local organizations and supportive mentors, the program aims to achieve wider social acceptance of LGBT+ people by constructively changing the tone and content of public discussions regarding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE).