Call for Applications: Capacity Building Workshop Strategic Advocacy & Litigation for LGBTI Human Rights Defenders in Africa

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Call for Applications: Capacity Building Workshop Strategic Advocacy & Litigation for LGBTI Human Rights Defenders in Africa

September 18, 2020

Application deadline: 18 September 2020

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa, cordially invites you to apply for the Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy and Litigation for human rights defenders working on the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons in Africa.

The LGBTI Human Rights Defenders Workshop is an annual event aimed at empowering selected LGBT+ human rights defenders in Africa on designing and conducting strategic litigation and advocacy. The fifth edition will be held online from 7 to 9 October 2020.

The capacity building workshop is designed to assist activists in Africa to effectively promote and protect LGBTI+ rights through domestic, regional and international level litigation and advocacy.
The workshop is targeted at experienced activists who want to build on their capacity and develop their skill-sets, and network with activists from other parts of Africa. It will include a combination of expert presentations delivered by experienced human rights defenders on advocacy and litigation opportunities. It will also include interactive advocacy and litigation exercises at regional and international levels.

The workshop seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations so that they can better pursue legal challenges and advocate on behalf of LGBTI individuals at risk of or having suffered serious violations of human rights. The workshop also aims to have participants learn from each other about the challenges of filing cases at domestic courts.


  • The workshop will bring together activists, scholars, practitioners, advocates for law reform, and notable LGBTI individuals from across Africa to address the issues of strategic advocacy and litigation.
  • This event is directed at experienced human rights defenders in non-governmental organizations, with existing advocacy experience at the national level and some prior knowledge of the international human rights system.

For more information, visit Centre for Human Rights.