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CCS Webinar: Struggle to Decolonising Queer movement in Zimbabwe

(Source: AP, 2017)

Facilitators: Andries Motau and Danford Chibvongodze
Speaker: Samuel Matsikure
Date: Thursday, 21 July 2022
Time: 16h00-17h00 (SA Time)
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Queer history and politics from many regions have inspired and influenced our African queer politics over the years. The current African discourse of queer rights has reminiscences of colonial legacy and today’s African imperialistic resistance. Zimbabwe is no exception in being inspired by Stonewall, events that followed but also facing resistance from the state and public, using the “unAfrican” narrative. The State driven resistance drove individuals and groups to self-organise with the desire to change the narrative, environment, politics and rights of LGBTI people in Zimbabwe. GALZ emerged in the 1990s having been inspired by the global wave of change of decriminalisation of homosexuality coupled with the ending of apartheid and visibility of LGBTI people in South Africa. The march by LGBTI people in South Africa where names like Simon Nkoli fronting the Drum Magazines made Zimbabweans believe such pride and openness is possible in Zimbabwe. The upcoming discussion on the LGBTI movement in Zimbabwe will be centred around the political, socioeconomic and cultural context of Zimbabwe. The thrust and origins of LGBT organising in Zimbabwe. It will highlight events that gave birth to the movement, progress, rollbacks and notable achievements and challenges. Where to from here?

Speaker Bio:
Samuel Matsikure -Human Rights Activist. Programmes Manager at GALZ an LBGTI Association in Zimbabwe. He has vast experience in program management, policy, human rights and sexual and reproductive health. He is also a Counsellor with great experience working with individuals, groups, couples and families. Specialises in sex and sexuality, relationships and marital issues. A holder of a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sociology and Gender Development from Woman’s University in Africa, a Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy with Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy. A Master Degree in Human Rights, Peace and Development with Africa University 2021. A 2016 Human Rights Advocate Alumni with Columbia University NYC USA.

This webinar is part of the July – August 2022 Centre for Civil Society - Special Webinar Series
"Reflections on LGBTQIA+ Rights and Movements"
Our Seminar Series remains online for 2022 - please join us for webinar discussions on the theme of LGBTQIA+ Rights and Movements
The year 2022 marks the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall riots famously known as the Stonewall uprising which happened on June 28, 1969, where the gay community members took to the streets to protest against a police raid and violation of gay rights in the United States. This symbolized a turning point in history for the LGBTQIA+ community’s fight for equal rights. Although 53 years has passed, the LGBTQIA+ community is still stigmatized and, in many countries, regarded as a criminal act. In June 2022 we saw many across the globe rallying support for the LGBTQIA+ community in celebrating pride month and raising the much-needed awareness on LGBTQIA+ rights. Join us as we engage activists and scholars on their experiences in being members of the LGBTQIA+ community and movement.

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