Malawi joins world fight against homophobia and Transphobia

Blantyre, In commemorating the international day against homophobia and transphobia which falls on May 17, Malawi through the Center for the Development of People (CEDEP) has lined up a number of activities.

The activities are meant to raise awareness on the negative impact of violence against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.

CEDEP’s communications officer, Simeon Thodi told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) that prior to the day, a number of activities will be held in order to help in raising awareness on the violations being faced by the LGBTI community which include prohibitive access to health services, justice and physical violence among others.

We have organized talent shows, Miss and Mr Diversity beauty contest and a platform to share to the public of the sufferings encountered by the LGBTI community as one way of raising self esteem among the community members, explained Thodi.

According to Thodi, by the end of the day, the aim of all these activities will be to reduce the human rights violations being suffered by the LGBTI community by fostering togetherness.

In Malawi, the LGBTI community continues to have their rights violated due to religion, culture and criminalization of same sex relationships.

This year, the awareness against homophobia and transphobia is being commemorated under the theme love makes families which emphasizes on how the same love which is the basis of families and harmony is causing part of the society to suffer when they express it differently like in the case of the LGBTI community.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA