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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
In this talk Prof. Marc Epprecht (Queens University) examines the history of sexual minority rights activism/advocacy in Zimbabwe in light of the critique of “NGO-ization,” ennui, and burnout within the lgbtiq activist “movement” on the continent more generally. It first provides an overview of the coming out by Zimbabwean sexual minorities and the reactions against that in the context of wider anti-feminist tendencies in society and by the Zimbabwean state. This is followed by an analysis of factors that have enabled the first and still pre-eminent lgbtiq rights association (GALZ) to survive while, paradoxically, inhibiting its effectiveness as an ally in the struggle for women’s liberation and human rights more generally in the country. Engaging with the insights of de Vos (2015), Larok (2017) and Theron, McAllister and Armisen (2016), the paper conclude with some reflections on what Zimbabwean sexual minority rights advocates might consider to strengthen the movement.