Prospects and Challenges for Transnational Activism to Advance LGBTIQ+ Rights in Africa


08. September 2022 12:00 – 08. September 2022 13:00


This six-event series, themed: “Scholarly and Activist Perspectives on LGBTIQ+ Lived Realities in Africa'' creates a monthly space for in-depth discussions on topics such as “queering coming out”, “colonial legacies of anti-LGBTIQ+ rights'', and “queering perspectives on power dynamics''. The discussion sessions will bring together legal scholars and scholars from the social and cultural sciences with renowned LGBTIQ+ activists from the continent. The panellists will shed light on the particular topics from their disciplinary and professional perspectives and engage in an interactive conversation with participants at the events.


Dr. Mariel Reiss (she/her), Philipps-University Marburg


• Njeri Gateru (she/her/they/them) is a queer feminist human rights lawyer with twelve years experience working on the protection of minorities in Kenya including asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and LGBTIQ communities. She is founding member and the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Kenya, an organization that provides legal aid and engages in strategic litigation towards equal rights and protection of LGBTIQ persons.

• Keval Harie (he/him) is the Director of the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) archives based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa. In the role as director, Keval is committed to growing GALA into a centre for research and advocacy for the equality, freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people. Keval is a qualified attorney and completed his articles at Edward Nathan Sonneburgs (ENS Africa).

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Njeri Gateru
Keval Harie


A collaboration of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) and the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS, and Gender (CSA&G) at the University Pretoria, South Africa, and the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Futures (CGS) and the Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.