BE THE LOVE GENERATION!
Fighting for LGBTIQ+ rights in Africa and beyond
16 May, European Parliament, Brussels, Room PHS 7C50
During the 2022 IDAHOT week, this RENEW4Equality event is welcoming one of the world’s leading LGBTQI+ activists, Frank Mugisha, to the European Parliament. Born in Uganda, Mr. Mugisha has devoted his life to fight for the rights of LGBTQI+ people in his homeland as well as the rest of the African continent in very difficult and dangerous circumstances. Mr. Mugisha has advocated for human rights reforms in countries where violence, discrimination and homophobia is widespread and he has used his voice as a leading activist to change people’s attitude and provide protection for the African LGBTQI+ community. Mr. Mugisha is the founder and Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), and he has won several prices for his activism. Including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize 2011 and Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2022.
14h30 - 14h40 Introduction by MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld
14h40 - 15h00 Keynote speeches by Dr Frank Mugisha, Executive Director and Ronald Mugiri Tumwesigye, Advocacy Officer of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Fighting for the African LGBTIQ+ persons’ rights in Africa and in Europe
15h00 -15h10 Intervention from IGLYO, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Youth and Student Organisation, Bringing youth activists from the EU and Africa together for change (tbc)
15h10 - 15h20 Q&A session
15h20 - 15h30 Concluding remarks by MEP Pierre Karleskind (tbc)
May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTIQ+ rights work worldwide.