An interview with Beyonce Karungi, Transgender Equality Uganda, Uganda.
In Uganda, there is widespread homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Plus, lesbian, bi women and trans + people are not recognised when it comes to health programmes – there is no data being captured about LBT+ women’s health, which is a challenge for us.
This project is going to help us do further research and put steps in place so that we can capture data in future. As a result, we’ll have the evidence and advocacy tools we need to help LBT+ women in Uganda.
I want to see LBT+ women recognised as women – not only in government but also within the broader mainstream women’s movement. The research resulting from this project will also be used during different campaigns, so my hope is it will lead to long-lasting and wide-ranging change.
It’s been a massive support. It’s been a good experience meeting people from different continents, learning different ideas and extending knowledge.
I learned a lot about the UN mechanisms, which has been an eye opener and has the potential to be very powerful. I hope that, for the next UN Universal Periodic Review, I’ll be able to participate and give feedback on the situation for LBT+ people in Uganda.