LGBTQ+ Advocacy Under Attack: The Case of Ghana

The recent arrest and detention of 21 Ghanaian LGBTQ+ rights activists highlight the country’s laws criminalizing same-sex conduct and the rampant homophobia common throughout Ghanaian society. Gay and gender nonconforming individuals face the constant threat of discrimination, abuse and violence.

Join us for the next installment of the Havel Program’s series “LGBTQ+ Rights as Human Rights,” as we explore the history of LGBTQ+ activism in Ghana and the events that led to the current hostile situation towards grassroot activists. The conversation will provide comparative insights on the notion of cultural relativism about sexual orientation and its relationship to government policies, laws and societal norms.

This event is hosted by the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs in collaboration with the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, co-sponsored by the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program