Envisioning Global LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Human Rights - is an international research project that fosters links between Canada, Africa, India and the Caribbean’s and will document and analyze;
i) Criminalization of LGBT people
ii) Flight from violence and persecution
iii) Resistance to criminalization
iv) The interaction between International Treaty Body Human Rights Mechanisms and LGBT rights initiatives.
The Envisioning Project was founded by Nancy Nicol, a Canadian professor at the York University in Toronto. There are only three African Countries participating in the project including Uganda, Botswana and Kenya, which is represented by The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK).
The project basically involves gathering information from organizations on their formation and set-up, and the rights violations experienced by their members. The project is also carrying out independent investigations of any legal documentation of LGBTI cases in different towns. This includes going to courts and police stations to find out what are the reported cases and what charges were followed up.
The project sights a need to document the history of the Kenyan LGBTI through video and intends to use the information for all intents and purposes that would benefit the community. When all editing is completed GALCK will have a final documentary that touches on the organization of each member group and the various violations and issues that interviewees may address. In addition to that there shall be short clips of video interviews and stories that shall be shared in the LGBTI websites within the country for advocacy among other purposes.
To avoid repetition of information that is already recorded by other researchers in the movement, the project shall include opinions of other people affiliated to the movement such as partners and donors. The Kenyan society shall also have a say. The ordinary mwananchi, experts on health, media, lecturers, government officials, clergy and police will not be left behind. They too will get to air their opinion and contribute ideas as experts and individuals on the LGBTI movement.
Stay tuned for more on the project.