As the movement for gay rights intensifies in Africa, accelerated by among others, hate crimes that are spiraling out of control in the continent, a gay rights organisation has been established in Namibia aiming to amplify voices of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people who often face human rights violations such as social homophobia, lack of access to public health and loss of employment due to their sexual orientation.
OutRight Namibia (ORN) was formed in March 2010 by Namibian LGBTI, MSM and WSW activists. It prioritizes leadership development, human rights, emancipation of movement building as well as health and legal reform as its main strategic areas of focus.
Legally registered in November 2010, ORN seeks to respond to challenges facing the LGBTI community in Namibia such as exclusion in the National system and the general non recognition of LGBTI people in the Namibian social communities.
“Since we are a new organisation, it is still a challenge to garner trust and momentum in our communities. But we have a high rate of human rights violations and the LGBTI community here is still not comfortable to report cases due to secondary victimization and lack of tracking to ensure that justice is served. Access to public health services is also an area of concern”, Linda Bauman of ORN said.
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