The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) has drafted this equal rights manifesto in conversation with civil society, cultural and religious leaders from around the continent. It presents the arguments for why equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are a crucial element of African culture and Christian philosophy, in addition to being a public health and human rights imperative.
Please share your thoughts on this draft with us, which can easily emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would appreciate your assistance in disseminating this widely to your friends and networks. We would appreciate your help in making it an all inclusive LGBTI manifesto.
We shall integrate these comments before publishing a final version that we shall invite individuals and organisations from across the African region to endorse and make use of. We hope that this manifesto will serve as a tool to catalyse dialogue on equal rights, with a long term view to shifting public opinion and creating a network of organisations and individuals who are committed to supporting equal rights in their communities. A more comprehensive advocacy strategy on equal rights will be developed with partners in the months to come.