DR Congo

GDPH

Uvira

Sud Kivu

Democratic Republic of Congo

+243 975190072

gdphasbl@gmail.com

gdphasbl@yahoo.fr

The association GDPH or "Groupe de défense et promotion des personnes homosexuelles" was created on 22 April 2010 in the town of Uvira by a group of gay men. The idea originated among members of this group who were students in Bukavu in 1994-1995.

The association is based on values that are neither political, religious, racial nor ethnic. It was created to defend the rights and freedom of homosexual persons.

The association operates anonymously given the national context. Its scope of action currently includes the territories of Fizi and Uvira.

 

The objectives of the association are as follows:

  • to defend and promote the rights of gay men and lesbian women
  • to raise awareness of the need for acceptance and integration of homosexuals into society
  • Lobbying the relevant authorities for the recognition of the rights of homosexual persons;
  • Advocating to the provincial legislator for the implementation of a law protecting homosexuals;
  • Ensure the provision of multidimensional assistance (health, psychological, legal where possible...) among GDPH members;
  • sensitise others to expand the movement and the creation of an LGBTQIA+ network in South Kivu.

 

SOME ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Emergency assistance to LGBTQIA+ persons who have been threatened because of their sexual orientation;
  • Relocation of three threatened MSM from Kiliba to Bujumbura in Burundi;
  • Animations and awareness-raising sessions with youth groups on sexual health and protection against HIV/AIDS;
  • bringing together LGBTQIA+ members in three localities (Uvira and Fizi).
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