Equality and LGBTIQ rights across Africa and Europe

European Parliament | room ASP5G1



LGBT Frank Mugisha landscape

Both in Africa and Europe we see continued challenges to achieving equality between citizens of all sexual orientations and gender identities. There are legal obstacles to equal rights, but also hate campaigns and even physical attacks against LGBTIQ people. LGBTIQ-phobic agendas are pushed by conservative groups with networks across both continents and beyond. The threats to equality across Africa and Europe can thus not be seen in isolation but require a comprehensive analysis and a common set of actions.

This panel will be opened by Ms Dalli, Commissioner for Equality and bring civil society, parliamentarians from Europe and Africa together, to have an exchange on issues of equality and LGBTIQ rights.


Public meeting with MEPs, the Commission, and civil society on common challenges for LGBTIQ+ rights

12.30 Informal sandwich lunch served

13.00 Opening by MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld

13.05 Key note speech by Ms Dalli, Commissioner for Equality

13.15 Panel moderated by MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld

  • Frank Mugisha, Head and founder of Sexual Minorities Uganda
  • Gurchaten Sandhu, Director of programmes at ILGA World
  • Luisa Ragher, Head of Human Rights Division, EEAS

13.40 Further interventions by members of the Delegation from Uganda

14.10 Q&A with the audience

14.50 Closing remarks by MEP Pierre Karleskind


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