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

[Research Report] Accountability and Redress for Discrimination in Healthcare in Botswana, Malawi and Zambia

Southern Africa bears a disproportionate burden of HIV globally and indications are that stigma and discrimination » Read More

Significant progress as Botswana Court of Appeal recognises the rights of LGBT persons

On 16 March 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal, unanimously, delivered a landmark judgment in » Read More

Reaching for Zero Discrimination in Healthcare

          1 March is Zero Discrimination Day, a day to celebrate » Read More


Malawi: Litigation to decriminalise consensual same-sex sexual acts

In September 2013, the Blantyre High Court issued a notice requesting amicus curiae submissions on » Read More

Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949

SALC is supporting a petition by two persons with mental disabilities and the Mental Health » 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