Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Living LGBT: A Human Rights Panel

Event Details

Living LGBT: A Human Rights Panel
A Conversation among African Human Rights Advocates
November 16, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
208 Knox Hall

The Institute of African Studies and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights present a discussion on the realities of living an LGBT life in contemporary African society. Three human rights defenders representing three different cultural and professional perspectives share their thoughts and experiences on the everyday challenges and opportunities of Living LGBT and advocating for the rights of sexual minorities in East and Southern Africa. An open discussion will follow.


Communications Executive & Security Management Trainer, Defenders Protection Initiative
Mulshid is currently the Communications Executive and Security Management Trainer at Defenders Protection Initiative, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders to mainstream security, safety and protection management in their work. He has a background in working to protect the rights of sexual minorities in Uganda through the secure documentation of human rights violations and abuses. Mulshid earned a bachelor’s degree in business computing from Makerere University in 2014. He has taken several courses in leadership, nonprofit strategy, organizational capacity development and fundraising.

Program Manager, Ishtar-MSM
Jeffrey works at Ishtar-MSM, a community-based organization that advances the sexual health rights of men who have sex with men to reduce the stigma and discrimination they face by advocating for their rights to access health care, including STI/HIV and AIDS-related care and treatment. Ishtar-MSM is a member group of the Gay & Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK). As Program Manager at Ishtar-MSM, Jeffrey has taken part in various activities on advocacy, policy and strategy formulation, and analysis. He is experienced in evidence-based HIV and sexual health programming and has sat on a variety of technical working groups at the national level. He has a keen interest in community research and is a Co-Chair of the G10, a research agency at GALCK. He is also a board member of Initiative of Equality and No Discrimination, an organization based in Mombasa that engages people and institutions known to perpetrate violence against gender and sexual minorities.

Program Manager, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe
Samuel is the Program Manager for Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). He has dedicated the past 13 years to working within LGBTI communities in a turbulent environment. He is a past chairman of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, a regional coalition of 19 organizations working on Health and HIV for MSM. He also served on the Global Forum for MSM for eight years. He has extensive experience teaching languages and Art and Design and providing therapy to families. He earned the Bachelor’s of Science Honor’s Degree in Sociology and Gender Development from Woman’s University in Africa. He holds diplomas in Higher Education (University of Zimbabwe) and in Systemic Family Therapy (Connect, the Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy).