In 2014, a convening of largely African partners was organised by the Open Society Foundation’s (OSF) Human Rights Initiative. This was at a time when efforts to decriminalise consensual,same-sex, sexual acts were emergent in most places around the world. Significant maturation of the movement has since been realised through combinations of litigation, legislative advocacy and community action to promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, progress set to continue through a raft of opportunities to advance decriminalisation globally.
To better prepare partners who work as legislators, activists and litigators in their countries and regions, and to mark progress, share learning and fuel strategy, OSF, Positive Vibes Trust (PV), the Human Dignity Trust (HDT) and the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) organised a Global Convening in 2017, with a broader constituency of partners. Hosted in Swakopmund, Namibia, this event took place from the 9-11 May,followed by a National Convening on decriminalisation in
Namibia on the 12 May1. Collectively, the meetings aimed to:
• bring lawyers, activists and communications professionals together to discuss national, regional and global decriminalisation strategies;
• understand what progress had been made on decriminalisation and related LGBTI litigation and advocacy strategies;
• facilitate sharing of existing knowledge, skills and experience amongst delegates;