Johannesburg’s LGBTI community has been invited to participate the City of Johannesburg‘s 16 Days of Activism: No Violence and Abuse against Women and Children event to be held on December 5.
The venue for the event will be the reception room on the Mayoral Wing from 9am to 1pm.
There will be two concurrent themes for the day. The first will be entitled: Taking a stand against “corrective rape.” This is a reference to the increasingly common crime in which men rape lesbian women to “cure” them of their sexual orientation.
The affected city Departments in collaboration with relevant stakeholders the South African Police Service (SAPS), civil society, NGOs, CBOs and the LGBTI community will be expected to develop a plan of action to address the scourge of “corrective rape” and violence and rape against the LGBTI community in general.
The second theme will be entitled, Gender and Climate Change. A debate on Gender and Climate change will be held in collaboration with the Gender Links NGO which is committed to a region in which women and men are able to participate equally in all aspects of public and private life in accordance with the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.
The affected Departments such as Environmental Management and Health will be expected to map a way forward with regard to addressing climate change.
Speakers from various LGBTI organizations will be expected to talk about their experiences with regard to violence against LGBTs and your own perceptions on what the City should do to address this scourge.