International diplomacy and African LGBTI Rights

21.11.2016 19:30 - English

Associate Professor Michael Wahman, University of Missouri, and Frank Mugisha, 2011 Rafto Price Laureate and LGBT activist from Uganda, in conversation with Lise Rakner, Siri Gloppen and Vegard Vibe.

This seminar is presented by
Centre of Law & Social Transformation in cooperation with Bergen Resource Centre.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Intersex (LGBTI) rights have become central to the West’s human rights agenda in Africa. Still, Western countries respond very differently to LGBT rights abuse in Africa.

Assistant Professor
Michael Wahman (University of Missouri) will give a presentation of his recent research on LGBTI rights, international diplomacy and leverage on the African continent.

In aid-dependent Malawi donors have been remarkably successful in pushing for LGBTI rights liberalization. In Zambia, government repression has been higher, but Western pressure low. Wahman’s research explores the tools used for the promotion of LGBTI rights in Africa and theorizes about the costs involved in promoting s
uch rights in a highly resistant environment. It looks particularly at four potential diplomatic tools: sanctions, public engagement, silent diplomacy, and local NGO support.

After Wahman’s introduction,
Frank Mugisha, LGBT activist from Uganda will share his experence. As the leader of SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda) is one of the most central activist in the region, and he is the 2011 Rafto Price laureate.

There will be a discussion with
Vegard Vibe (PhD candidate, Department of Comparative Politics),
Lise Rakner (Professor, Department of Comparative Politics), and
Siri Gloppen (Director, Centre on Law & Social Transformation).

The seminar is launching a new LawTransform unit on Gender, Sexuality & the Law at the Centre on Law & Social Transformation.

There will be finger food and drinks

The event is free and open to all

*The illustration is an election leaflet in the Zambian 2011 election.

Event info.

Bergen Global
Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

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