CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
Creating an Enabling Environment or ‘advocating for change’ focuses on engaging the key stakeholders at provincial and local levels with education and awareness raising interventions on LGBTI+ issues. The aim is that local communities, their leaders, the health, the police and targeted educational institutions in the areas that serve them, will provide an enabling and supportive environment for LGBTI+ people.
The following organisations have been highlighted as playing an integral role in this strategy.
- Health practitioners and workers
- Educational institutions
- Religious and traditional leaders
- Police and criminal justice systems
- Community structures/ CBO’s
- Tertiary institutions
- Media (print, radio, and electronic media)
The Gay & Lesbian Network is part of the Hate Crime Working Group which is a multi-sectoral network of civil society organisations set up to spearhead advocacy and reform initiatives pertaining to hate crimes in South Africa and the region. GLN places great emphasis on balancing human rights, advocacy and promoting a positive image of the LGBTI+ community to the larger community.
Key stakeholders have been made aware of LGBTI+ rights and issues and are responding appropriately to LGBTI needs.