Unsafe abortions remain a major concern – and cause of maternal deaths – in Zambia despite the existence of the Termination of Pregnancy Act No. 26 of 1972 and several other policies and guidelines that are intended to prevent unwanted and unintended pregnancies. While these are all regarded favourably by the people who know about them, the fact is that very few Zambians are aware of them. Therefore, it is shocking – but not surprising – that the 2006 University Teaching Hospital facility based data showed that unsafe abortions accounted for 30 percent of all maternal deaths in Zambia.

It is well documented that the Gambian capital, Banjul, is known in the Western world as one of the premier destinations in Africa for tourists seeking male sex workers. This practice it is so entrenched that it now forms part of the cultural menu that the Gambia offers to tourists – with older European citizens coming to realise some of their sexual dreams (or fetishes) by employing the services of young, usually muscled and dreadlocked youths for sexual activities.

Bail delays in 'carnal knowledge' case must end

Behind the Mask (BtM) is a media NGO that publishes a news website, covering news about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s affairs in Africa.

It was formed in May 2000 by Bart Luirink, a Dutch journalist living in both South Africa, and Amsterdam.

Luirink came up with the concept for BtM while he was working as editor of ZAM magazine. He across many gay people who were living heterosexual lives, during his travels through Africa, and the idea for BtM was born.

It's been a long time coming but the Human Rights Commission in Zambia has finally decided that it will ignore the rantings of the opposition parties and churches and speak out against the discrimination of people on the basis of sexual orientation.

Malawian president orders review of bad laws


OSISA will be launching a critical paper in Botswana that was funded by UN Women entitled Silenced and Forgotten: HIV and AIDS agenda setting paper for women living with HIV, sex workers and LGBTI individuals in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean states.

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Established in 1990, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) is one of the oldest, most established, and respected LGBTI rights organisations in southern Africa. GALZ has managed to continue to exist and even grow over the past twenty-one years, despite operating under some challenging political and socio-economic conditions.

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