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Crackdown on LGBTI in Ghana – a focus on religion

03.12.2021 17:00

Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation cordially invites you to a Webtalk with activists from the Interfaith Diversity Network of Westafrica (IDNOWA) about the role of religion in the ongoing crackdown on LGBTI people in Ghana

03.12.2021 17:00




  • Davis Mac-Iyalla: IDNOWA, founder and executive director, member of the Anglican Church
  • Lawrence Shone Edem Adjei: IDNOWA, intersex activist and active in the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics
  • Arthur Joseph, IDNOWA, member of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana
  • Moderator: Dirk Ludigs, journalist

IDNOWA is advocating for support in the fight against the bill titled "Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, 2021".

We will discuss the role of religion in the ongoing crackdown in Ghana. How do faith-based groups and churches react to violence against LGBT? How does IDNOWA engage in favor of LGBTI people and their human rights? What is the role of right-wing US or uropean groups? What should the international community do and not do?

Please register here before Dec 3, noon

All registered participants will receive the zoom link a few hours before the event on the same day. This web event will take place in English and is aimed at activists, students, scholars, politicians, everyone with an interest in international relations and human rights for LGBTI people.


In January 2021, LGBT+ Rights Ghana celebrated the opening of a community space for LGBT communities in Accra. This sparked intense and negative reporting in the Ghanaian media and the public. Media called for the arrest and prosecution of the activists involved. In April, participants in a seminar on LGBTI human rights were arrested by police in the town of Ho. The Ho 21 were detained for weeks, among them were also some members of IDNOWA.

In summer, a homophobic “family values” bill was introduced into Parliament. UN human rights experts have urged Ghana´s government to reject the proposed bill. They stated that this proposed law criminalises LGBTI people and anyone who supports their human rights. It attempts to deny human rights defenders their basic human rights and it would legitimize violence against LGBTI people. The Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Council of Christian Churches in Ghana publicly support the bill.

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An event by Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation as part of the project: LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders. Find all articles relating to this project in our Blog here