LGBT/Sex Worker Rights

The LGBT and Sex Worker Rights Programme works to end discrimination and mistreatment faced by people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and sex workers throughout southern Africa. In most countries in southern Africa, activities associated with sex work as well as sex between individuals of the same-sex is criminalised. Due to these penalties and stigma against LGBTI persons and sex workers, both groups face harassment from their communities, the police and other governmental officials.

SALC works to end such mistreatment and discrimination through supporting local lawyers and civil society activists to challenge violations in domestic courts and through training lawyers, activists, police and others on the rights of LGBTI persons and sex workers.

Blog Posts

SALC calls on the governments of Southern African countries to do more to protect refugees, asylum seekers and migrants on World Refugee Day 20 June 2017

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, the UNHCR together with refugee » Read More


By: Annabel Raw, Aquinaldo Mandlate, Michael Chitalo, and Victor Mhango [IMAGE: Victor Mhango, Michael Chitalo » Read More

MEDIA ADVISORY: Judicial Review of Decision to Grant Refugee Status to Suspected War Criminal Appeal Hearing before the Supreme Court of Appeal

Johannesburg- On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear an appeal » Read More



The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) appeared before the ICC on 7 April to argue » Read More

Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949

SALC is supporting a petition by three persons with psychosocial disabilities and the Mental Health Users Network » Read More

Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV

SALC worked with the International Coalition of Women (ICW), Malawi and a private lawyer, Mr Wesley » Read More


Anneke Meerkotter

Zimbabwe: Policing sex work – an appropriate response?

For the past three months police in Harare have been conducting operations to arrest women in bars and night clubs. According to the Harare police, these operations are part of an effort to reduce touts, street children and prostitution in the city.» Read More

Anneke Meerkotter

Zimbabwe: The ins and outs of same-sex marriages

The first thing you are confronted with when you walk into the service section of the South African embassy in Harare is a South African department of home affairs poster on the process to register civil unions, including same-sex marriages. Why is this interesting? Because Zimbabwe’s first draft constitution released last week explicitly reserves marriage for opposite-sex couples in not one but two sections of the constitution. During the same week, Zambia released its draft constitution which similarly excludes same-sex couples from the right to marriage.» Read More