The 7th Regional CFCS Conference Call for Abstracts

UHAI EASHRI is pleased to announce that the 7th Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference (CFCS VII) will be convened from 19th to 21st June 2019. CFCS is a pan- African biennial convening that brings together human rights activists, funding partners, health and legal professionals, allies, undertaking and supporting sex worker and LGBTIQ activism in Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and Central Africa, to discuss issues pertinent to our movements.

CFCS conference is intentionally planned as a safe, creative and facilitative space for African activists to strategise, network, plan and reflect on achievements and challenges within our movements. CFCS is organised by pan-African sex worker and LGBTI activists who volunteer their time and form a CFCS planning taskforce to conceptualise, vision and plan for the conference including determining the conference theme, agenda and selecting abstracts that inform the programme. The theme for CFCS VII is: ‘Visibility…Voice…Freedom.’

This theme is inspired by the perceived collective aspirations of the sex worker and LGBTIQ movements on the continent as hinged on our shared identity as African.

VISIBILITY as communities that claim our existence in all our African glory,

VOICE as citizens who have the right to speak, to be heard, to be listened to as the pathway to inclusion,

FREEDOM to be. Freedom to flourish. Freedom from discrimination, stigma and violence. Freedom in both the ideological and literal sense of the word.

The conference marks UHAI’s 10th anniversary. As such, abstracts are invited that track or include a reflection on developments over the past decade and speak to the next decade of organising on the continent. It is envisioned as an exchange forum in which we can navigate and negotiate, discuss and discover, create and correlate strategies informed by national, regional and continental movement experiences.

Your abstract…

We seek panel-based abstracts as well as proposals from artists, story tellers, poets, performers and those that seek to share innovative and non conventional approaches that seek to inspire shared learning. In a collective African space such as CFCS, how do we situate our perceivably singular experiences within our collective identities as African? We highly encourage submissions from those organising in rural and peri urban settings as well as intersex and trans identifying activists.

We invite submission of abstracts for either a) individual presentations as part of a thematic panel; b) proposals for an already constituted panel1 representative of a variety of in country, regional or continental organising backgrounds and organisations; or c) artistic expression that speak to any of the 6 identified thematic areas.

Conference Themes…

All abstracts must reflect consideration and engagement, of one or more of the intersecting contexts of

Politics: in particular the politics of religious and cultural fundamentalism;

Power: Who is it that determines? Who is at the table? What are the tables?;

Identity: This should include reflections of situating our LGBTIQ and sex worker identities as situated and located in our African-ness and what does/could that look like in the context of continental movement building? Solidarity?;

Sustainability: This could interrogate resourcing both in terms of financially as well as with bodies. Particularly given the high levels of migration that are currently being experienced within the LGBTIQ and sex worker movements in Africa;

Patriarchy...beyond the ideological to how it is rooted in and manifests as violence;

Coloniality: How our lives and being sexualised and gendered continues to be shaped by experiences and ideas of former colonization that permeates current regulation, policing, naming and shaping what is insisted as sexuality and gender in Africa.




Theme 4: EM – POWER – MENT



Submission guidelines

· The deadline for submission of abstracts is 23:59h EAT on 27th January 2019.
· Fill the attached abstract submission template and send via email as a word document to

Submissions may be in Swahili, English, Arabic, French or Portuguese.

· When submitting your abstract kindly put the applicable thematic area as the subject line in the email.

· There is a strict word limit for abstracts synopsis of 250 words for panel or individual presentations. There are no specific limits for proposals for artistic submissions including but not limited to descriptions of intended short films, paintings or drawings and/or dance.
· Selected abstracts will be notified by March 2019.
· Chosen abstracts may be asked to submit additional information on their abstracts as well as be available for online meetings with moderators of panels.

Dates to look out for

· Abstract submission deadline 27th January 2019
· Notification of task force abstract selection by March 2019
· CFCS conference 19th-21st June 2019.

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