Welcome to the ILGA World Conference

Ever been to an ILGA World conference? This is your chance to join our LGBTI communities, share experiences and best practices, build alliances and partnerships, discuss the future of our movement, and collectively chart ways to advance equality worldwide.

Returning to Africa for the first time in 25 years, the 2024 ILGA World Conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 11 to 15 November 2024, hosted by Iranti and Gender DynamiX.

The 2024 ILGA World Conference will be held under the theme Kwa umoja we rise!

The theme was developed in consultation with local communities and incorporates words from Swahili – the most widely spoken African language known by over 200 million people. “Kwa umoja” is Swahili for “Together” or “In unity”: a powerful call for solidarity within movements (including ours) in times of adversity.

From ILGA World, we acknowledge and offer our respects to the Khoe-San / Khoisan tribes as original inhabitants of the lands we will be on during the conference. We invite you to get to know their traditions and experiences.

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!

Our code of conduct

Respecting the diversity of identities, backgrounds, views, and experiences is a core value of ILGA World and defines who we are as an organisation. We are committed to the fullest possible participation of everyone, and we want to ensure that the actions, language and attitudes of others harm no one at the conference.

Therefore all participants – conference participants, guests, visitors, staff, support staff, volunteers and facilitators – will be asked to observe and abide by the ILGA World Code of Conduct for events. ILGA World will have a team on the ground to help with ensuring the Code of Conduct is followed and reserves the right to ask anyone who does not observe it to leave the event.

Follow this link to read the ILGA World Code of Conduct.

Our host organisations

Iranti is a Johannesburg-based human rights organisation which advocates for the advancement of the rights of LBQTI persons in Africa. With a specific focus on lesbian, trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex persons in Africa, Iranti works within a human rights framework raising issues on gender identities and sexuality through the strategic use of multimedia storytelling, research and activism.

Gender DynamiX is the first registered Africa-based public benefit organisation to focus solely on the transgender and the broader gender-diverse community. Since its establishment in 2005, the organisation has been fundamental to the development of trans and gender-diverse movement(s) in South Africa and across Africa.


Our conference venue

The 2024 ILGA World Conference will be held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The venue can accommodate more than 1,000 guests across 20 different spaces and is conveniently placed in close proximity to several hotels in the area. This is also where the first Global Feminist LBQ Women’s* Conference was held in July 2019. Follow this link to enjoy some virtual tours of the premises.

ILGA World acknowledges and offers our respects to the Khoe-San / Khoisan tribes as original inhabitants of the lands we will be on during the conference. We invite you to get to know their traditions and experiences.

During our latest World Conference, the ILGA World membership voted for the bid brought forward by Iranti and Gender DynamiX, choosing to host the 2024 World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

In February 2023, ILGA World’s senior management staff and some Board members travelled to Cape Town to visit potential conference venues. ILGA World, Iranti and Gender DynamiX determined the Century City Conference Centre to be the most fitting space for our membership to convene.

The choice was made based on the venue’s readiness to host an LGBTI conference, its proximity to a diverse range of accommodations for scholars and attendees, its welcoming space for our communities, the possibility of combining halls and rooms in diverse spaces, and the cost of the venue. The Century City Conference Centre is also designed for maximum accessibility, and its managers have shared with us a commitment to making reasonable accommodation adjustments. In addition, the venue has a keen eye for sustainability – including water management, recycling and waste management, and various energy-saving initiatives.

Century City Conference Centre was developed and is owned by the Rabie Property Group, a property development group active across South Africa. Gary Koetser currently serves as the Century City Conference Centre and Hotels CEO, while the Rabie Property Group has co-founder Leon Cohen as its CEO.

In activist spaces, and increasingly due to the developments since October 2023 with the attacks against Israel and its military response against Gaza, allegations regarding the Group leadership have led to questions regarding whether ILGA World considered the venue an appropriate space to hold a human rights conference.

When selecting the conference venue, ILGA World conducted its due diligence to the best of its capacity. To date, we have not come across any evidence of the group’s investments in companies active in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, nor of commercial ties with Israel.

Century City Conference Centre has provided a statement confirming the absence of any such abovementioned ties.

ILGA World does not plan to seek a different conference venue, due to both the lack of concerning evidence and the consequences that such a decision would have for the organisation. ILGA World, however, reserves the right to consult with the local hosts of the conference if any further concerns should arise.

Questions were also raised about how the ILGA World Conference is planning to support grassroots activists and local-led businesses owned by people of colour, in a city still shaped by race, ethnic, and class divides.

ILGA World is actively working – also in cooperation with local host organisations Iranti and Gender DynamiX – to ensure human rights defenders across Africa are supported with scholarships to attend the World Conference. We are also currently building systems to facilitate the participation of activists from countries where French is an official or co-official language.

ILGA World will hire a professional conference organiser to provide support with numerous logistical and organisational tasks ahead of, and during, the conference. To do so, they will hire and work with consultants who will help ILGA World deliver its conference. Whenever possible, we will give preference to contractors and service providers who are part of the LGBTI community and/or hold diverse identities from marginalised communities and vulnerable situations, and to organisations that make space for the same positionalities within their management, staff and suppliers.

Century City promotes itself as an area that prioritises safety and security. It has a 24/7 security operations centre and deploys technology – including cameras over different sites in the precinct – to maintain the safety and security of residents and guests. Follow this link to read an overview of Century City’s security solutions.

ILGA World and local host organisations are aware of how surveillance and policing strategies are actively used against our communities and LGBTI human rights defenders across the world. Therefore, before the conference begins, we are committed to providing sensitisation training on LGBTI issues to the Century City Conference Centre and Century City staff and external contractors – be they working for/with their Safety & Security team or others – as well as with private security and law enforcement. Century City has also provided documentation on their data sharing and retention policy: please consult it here and here.

Further recommendations on security for all conference participants will be added to the “Practical information” upcoming section of the ILGA World Conference website.

We appreciate your willingness to bring any concerns or evidence that may arise to our attention. To that extent, please contact us at 2024 (a) worldconference (dot) ilga (dot) org.

Ready to meet at the 2024 ILGA World Conference?

Registration is now open until 11 October 2024.
Follow this link to join the greatest global gathering of LGBTI changemakers!

If you are a person living with a disability(ies) and request further assistance in filling the registration form, please get in touch with us at accessibility (a) ilga (dot) org. We will provide you with the forms in a format that is accessible for you, or offer direct assistance.