Southern Africa Charter

What is the issue?

There is lack of access to health, particularly accessible, available,affordable and acceptable health services, including HIV-related services by people who have been marginalised based on sexuality and gender.

What is the demand?

As people on the margins, we stand together to demand access to affordable, acceptable and accessible health services, including HIV related services. We are deeply concerned that health and health services for all is in a state of sustained crisis in Southern Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.

  • We refuse to be denied access. We refuse to be silent.
  • We reassert that health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (WHO, 1948)
  •  We have a right to health.
  • Participate in the drafting of the Southern African Charter on Access to Health by and for Marginalised People!

In preparation for its Regional Workshop on Marginalised People, Sexual Rights and Sexual Health to be held at the end of February 2017, the Coalition of African Lesbians is inviting you to submit your suggestions and comments on what you, your organisation or your activist collective or group want to see in this Charter. The Charter will make rights claims and demands to access sexual and reproductive justice for people who are marginalised based on their sexuality and gender. This campaign is part of the KP REACH Learning Project and is a joint effort by its partners: the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), and the Southern African Trans

Forum (SATF).

CAL, as part of the KP REACH Project has already collected information and demands from a number of groups including women living with HIV, sex workers, lesbian women, transdiverse people and men who have sex with men, through our work in eight Southern Africa countries. We have also, as part of the Autonomy Project of CAL, begun to articulate a set of issues and demands as women who are marginalised based on sexuality and gender.


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