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Tuesday, September 29 • 13:00 - 15:00
Using inclusive narratives around faith and tradition to support human rights advocacy on the continent

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“Religious fundamentalisms are about the strategic use and misuse of religion by State and non-State actors to gain power and control. They are about the authoritarian manipulation of religion, as well as references to culture and tradition, rhetoric linked to sovereignty, and employment of patriarchal and absolutist interpretations of religion to achieve political, social and/or economic power. Across regions and religious contexts, fundamentalisms seek to employ references to religion, culture, and tradition to justify violence and discrimination”. In the context of the ACHPR, African tradition and culture is often treated as monolithic and static, and faith as intrinsically opposed to the rights of sexual and gender minorities in Africa. Civil society-based advocacy opposing these narratives is weak and scattered, even from stakeholders who make use of the power and impact of faith and cultural traditions to counteract anti-rights narratives. We will thus use this side event to discuss the ways in which inclusive faith-based advocacy can integrate with other advocacy strategies by CSOs (for example, around decriminalisation) to amplify their voice and undermine these limiting narratives. This event will aim to bring together speakers with many years of experience of reframing the discourse on the continent to highlight stories demonstrating how faith and tradition can be used to support human rights advocacy. These stories will also demonstrate that African culture and tradition is not monolithic, but instead is fluid and contested. We aim for these new strategies to further develop CSO advocacy and the democratic nature of the ACHPR.


The Global Interfaith Network For People of All Sexes, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions

GIN is a global network of LGBTIQ++ people of faith who use their faith traditions as a source of insight and energy to advocate for the human rights of LGBTIQ++ people globally. GIN has a specific focus on what we call Key Affected Contexts, places where violence and power collude... Read More →

Tuesday September 29, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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