Freedom to love and live together with someone of the same gender is something that we easily take for granted in Denmark. The freedom that Danish LGBT people can enjoy is in stark contrast with countries where LGBT people are unable to live openly without fear.

Humanity in Action Denmark will in August and September focus on the living conditions, challenges and experiences of young LGBT activists in the Global South. For the project Gender & Identity in the Global South Humanity in Action Denmark will invite six young LGBT activists from Kenya, Pakistan and Uganda to Denmark from the 11th to the 20th of August. The activists will partake in official debates, give lectures at different educational institutions, hold network meetings as well as help teach an online educational course. 


Project Focus


The project will deal with the challenges faced by LGBT people in the Global South and will focus on how the outside world can best support their work, and how to ensure LGBT inclusion strategies in development policy work and development programs. The project hopes to challenge Danes’ understanding of gender and identity in the Global South. The project is supported by Danida's Information Grant, and HIA DK is working in partnership with CanopyLAB, Copenhagen Pride, Sabaah, Operation Day’swork, the Danish Family Planning Association and AKS Art-Film-Dialogue Festival.


Project Background


It has been well document that there has been widespread discrimination and persecution of LGBT people in terms of both physical and psychological abuse, for example in Russia, Uganda and ISIL. Discrimination includes executions of homosexuals, defamatory treatment and forced marriages. In about 78 countries ‘homosexual acts’ are punishable by law. There is still however, reason for optimism; in January this year Thailand chose to follow India and Pakistan and officially introduce a third gender. The Danish LGBT community has itself been struggling with this for years. It shows that we in the North have much to learn from the political and social approach that is related to gender and identity as well as the experiences and different forms of activism used by LGBT activists in the Global South. When LGBT people are denied their equal rights and punished due to their gender, sexuality, and identity in the Global South it manifests a challenge to both Denmark’s foreign and development policy. There is no difference between sexual minorities’ struggle and other religious and ethnic minorities fighting for protection, recognition and equality. It is about the freedom to live a dignified life regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion or ethnicity. 


Thank you!


Gender & Identity in the Global South is generously supported by DANIDA’s Information Grant and partners include CanopyLAB, CPH Pride, Sabaah, Operation Day, the Danish Family Planning Association and AKS Films. 




For inquires, contact Magnus M. Harrison, National Director of Humanity in Action Denmark, at m.harrison@humanityinaction.org.