Our theme: Kwa umoja we rise!
LGBTI movements continue to mobilise for social justice everywhere, together with many other voices demanding change. But even hard-fought advances can quickly be taken away. Facing the relentless scapegoating and ever-returning prejudice inevitably takes a toll on our communities. Our human rights work becomes even heavier. And yet, despite the backlash, we still see change happening.
The power of solidarity and understanding across movements has never been more needed than right now. As we build bridges towards a better future for all, fabricated conflicts among historically allied movements will not prevail. In times of violent opposition, we need each other to find ways forward together. None of us can be left behind.
“Kwa umoja” is Swahili for “Together” or “In unity”. As the ILGA World Conference returns to Africa for the first time in 25 years, we consulted with local and regional organisations to understand what could resonate most with organisations across the continent and globally. The result is a powerful call for unity in these polarised and contentious times – also incorporating Africa's most widely spoken language, known by over 200 million people. Kwa umoja we rise!