Understanding the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa

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This report is relevant for humanitarian practitioners as it highlights the particular challenges faced by LGBTQI+ people in Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines what actions can be taken to address these challenges.

This report highlights how LGBTQI+ people in Africa have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The report states that governments need to act in accordance with Resolution 275 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to protect those who are vulnerable and face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The report outlines six potential challenges faced by LGBTQI+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges include restricted access to shelter, community centres and health services, homophobic threats in lockdown environments, increased social discrimination and mental health concerns and the misuse of emergency powers to target LGBTQI+ people.

The report concludes with a list of actions that individuals, community based organisations and states can do to address these challenges.

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"In Africa, the usual threats to the rights of LGBTIQ+ persons, combined with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means that there is also a disproportionate socio-economic impact on LGBTIQ+ persons who are already in a disadvantaged position."

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This report highlights how LGBTQI+ people in Africa have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The report states that governments need to act in accordance with Resolution 275 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to protect those who are vulnerable and face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The report outlines six potential challenges faced by LGBTQI+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges include restricted access to shelter, community centres and health services, homophobic threats in lockdown environments, increased social discrimination and mental health concerns and the misuse of emergency powers to target LGBTQI+ people.

The report concludes with a list of actions that individuals, community based organisations and states can do to address these challenges.