There is a general belief that African people are deeply homophobic and unaccepting of gender diversities. But what does the African public really think? The truth is that we don’t really know because hardly any work has been done to gather and analyze the views of the public in a structured way in Africa. Until now. For the first time, there is scientifically valid, nationally representative data to inform social dialogue and advocacy, public policies, and academic debate. The results of the survey confirm some common-sense realities which have not been tested in research on this scale up to now. There are also some surprising new findings. Click here to download the report.
Like coal miners used caged canary birds, whose death was a warning sign of toxic gases in the mine tunnels, the treatment of homosexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa is symptomatic of the dangers facing all people who are excluded in some way or another in our societies, by those who have a grip on social, economic, and political power. The Other Foundation commissioned studies of ten countries in southern Africa, mapping the key commonalities, differences, and trends across the region. Click here to download the report.