- November 12, 2015
This past week, HRC was privileged to work with LGBT advocates in Mozambique on strengthening their skills as leading advocates in their country.
As part of HRC’s growing partnership with Lambda, the leading LGBT advocacy group in Mozambique, HRC staff conducted participatory workshops on campaign planning, networking and messaging. HRC worked with Lambda to harness the organization’s strengths and resources to help it reach its goals.
For two days HRC got to meet, share, plan, listen, laugh and grow with Mozambican colleagues. Even as Lambda learned more about how to campaign, HRC learned much about the challenges that the LGBT community in Southern Africa faces, the role that governments are playing in supporting or obstructing the human rights of LGBT people and the legal challenges that advocates face in their work as civil society activists.
"This program provided an extraordinary opportunity for HRC to better understand the lived experience of the LGBT community in Mozambique,” Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global, said. “We hope that not only will we have provided Lambda with useful takeaway skills, but also encouragement for the future. We look forward to continuing to build on this special partnership with such creative and courageous colleagues in the months and years to come."
In 2015, Mozambique revised its penal code and decriminalized same-sex sexual relations. While there is an active LGBT community in this large Southern African country, Lambda has not received official recognition or permission to register as an NGO since its founding in 2008.
At the end of two hard days of working sessions, all the participants gathered at a restaurant to relax and connect as friends and as allies, working together in solidarity for the rights of LGBT people around the world.