About: Background of Sogi's Story

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is pervasive across many parts of the world. Addressing this burden of discrimination has been identified as a key issue by the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI). The CFNHRI is an informal and inclusive body of over 30 national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights from all regions of the Commonwealth.

SOGI’s Story is based on research undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRCentre), Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney and commissioned by the Australian Human rights Commission and the CFNHRI with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.

The research focused on the 16 African NHRIs that are currently members of the CFNHRI: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

It is recognised that circumstances in the countries in which SOGI’s Story will be used vary greatly, and no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution can be offered. Yet the goal in each of these countries remains the same: to tackle discrimination against LGBTI persons in its various forms, and to ensure equality of rights for affected individuals and communities.