The indaba is expected to bring to the fore, social, economic and political challenges experienced gay people in the country and to advocate for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the new constitution, which could lead to decriminalisation of homosexuality in Zimbabwe.
Taking place at a time when the country goes through a constitutional reform process, the Indaba is intended identify partnering organisations that could provide support to GALZ in working towards the constitutional protection of sexual orientation and to come up with the specific strategies that will inform this process.
“The Indaba is based on the premise of dialogue, capacity building and sharing, which seeks to develop concrete strategies that can inform GALZ and local NGOs”, GALZ says.
GALZ also states, “to complement this process, we will also disseminate information to the broader general public through advertising and statements in the local print media, to provide accurate and correct information on sexual orientation and human rights.”
According the organisation, key priorities include raising the awareness on local NGOs to take up the issue and help address the violations that LGBT people in Zimbabwe experience. “There is a need to have a strategic approach to a positive discourse on sexual orientation. The constitutional process has been labeled a democratic and inclusive process, however, the reality of the prejudices towards LGBT people requires strategic involvement and participation of local human rights NGOs”, GALZ states.
Constitution must protect sexual orientation rights in line with regional and international human rights instruments.