Program Schedule


Gender & Identity Program Speakers and Staff during Copenhagen Pride Week. 

Program Schedule

Tuesday, August 11


Meet the 6 Activists

Venue: Pride Square

Time: 14.30 – 15.30

Drop by Humanity in Action Denmark’s tent on Pride Square (Rådhuspladsen) and meet our impressive guests from Pakistan, Kenya and Uganda to learn more about their work and the work of HIA DK. If you are lucky there might still be some coffee and cake.

Queer Youth in Uganda

Time: 17.00 – 18.00

Speakers: Samuel Opio & Timothy Muhumuza from Queer Youth Uganda

Interviewer: Magnus Harrison (National Director, Humanity in Action Denmark)

Queer Youth Uganda is a local LGBTI youth organization established to promote and protect the rights of the LGBTI youth community in Uganda. After trying consistently for years to promote and defend LGBTI rights of young people in Uganda, LGBTI youth from Kampala and Jinja joined forces and set up an organisation to promote and protect the rights of fellow members who were being marginalized, harassed and isolated by families, the state and the predominately homophobic society in which they were living.

Film Screening: The Pearl of Africa

Time: 19.00 – 21.00

Venue: Cienmateket

Interviewer: Nadia Narejo (Project Manager AKS Film-Art-Dialogue Festival)

Talk on the Transgender and Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual situation in Uganda with the filmmaker and activists from Uganda. Uganda, once named THE PEARL OF AFRICA by Winston Churchill for its diversity in ethnicity, gender, flora and fauna. Yet in all this richness it struggles to appreciate this diversity. Enter the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, a 27 year old Ugandan transgender girl, biologically born male in one of the worlds most homophobic places.


Wednesday, August 12


Meet the 6 Activists

Venue: Pride Square

Time: 12.00 – 13.30

LGBT in Pakistan

Film screening with Q&A

Time: 16.00 – 17.30

Venue: VESS

Speakers: LGBT rights activists from Pakistan Kami Chouhdry, Neeli Rana, Jannat Ali, Saadat Munir and Faizan Fiaz

Interviewer: Fahad Saeed (PR Manager AKS Film-Art-Dialogue Festival)

Join HIA DK & AKS Art-Film-Dialogue Festival for the short debut film Hide and Seek by Saad Khan and Saadat Munir focusing on four individuals and their internal conflicts during their continual play of ‘hide and seek’ with the mainstream public in the urban areas of Pakistan. There will also be sneak peaks of LGTB in Pakistan, a short independent documentary by British journalist Faizan, studying the hidden LGBTQ communities in Pakistan, and of ABU, a new documentary about the contentious relationship between a fundamentalist Muslim father and his gay son.

3rd Gender – Experiences From the Frontline

Debate followed by dance performance

Time: 19.00-19.45

Venue: Regnbuepladsen & Pride Square

Speakers: Kami Chouhdry AKS Pakistan, Jonny von Wallström Dir. of Pearl of Africa, Fernanda Milan

Moderator: Rushy Rashid (Journalist and radio host; Rushy’s Roulette on Radio 24/7)

Although 3rd Gender is recognized in an increasing number of countries, transgender people are still one of the most marginalized and discriminated against minorities across the world. Whether it being in Pakistan, Uganda or Denmark there is a lot to learn and to change. Kami Chouhdry, Jonny von Wallström and Fernanda Milan will present their perspectives and stories from the frontline.


Thursday, August 13


Meet the 6 Activists

Venue: Pride Square

Time: 12.00 – 13.00

LGBT in Western Kenya

Time: 16.00 – 16.30

Speakers: Daniel Olwango and Frederick Odhiambo from NYARWEK

Interviewer: Anders Reimers Larsen (National Director Operation Day’s Work)

Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Kenya (NYARWEK) Coalition was formed in 2009 as an LGBTI membership organisation with the headquarter based in Nyanza to advocate and be a voice of the LGBTI community with a view to build capacities of its members, integrate views and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ.

Persecution of LGBT People and the Right to Asylum

Time: 16.30 – 17.30

Venue: Regnbuepladsen

Speakers: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Research Director Danish Institute for Human Rights), LGBT Asyl, Daniel Olwango (Director of NYARWEK), Samuel Opio (Founder of Queer Youth Uganda).

Moderator: Susanne Branner (LGBT Denmark)

In 78 countries ‘homosexual acts’ are punishable by law, making LGBT people a persecuted minority. Daniel Olwango from NYARWEK and Samuel Opio from Queer Youth Uganda will speak about being part of a persecuted minority, whilst Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen and LGBT Asyl will reflect upon the development of LGBT people’s right to asylum due to persecution.


Friday, August 14


Meet the 6 Activists

Venue: Pride Square

Time: 15.00 – 16.00

The Future of the North-South LGBT Rights Dialogue 

Time: 16.30 – 18.00

Venue: Regnbuepladsen

Speakers: Jonas Christoffersen (Director Danish Institute for Human Rights), Sam Opio (QYU), Daniel Olwango (NYARWEK), Jannat Ali (AKS Pakistan), Lars Henriksen (CPH Pride)

Moderator: Bjarke Oxlund (Chair of Sex & Samfund Danmark)

In the final talk Bjarke Oxlund, Chair of Sex & Samfund, will moderate a discussion on what the future collaboration and cooperation between human rights activists and institutions should entail and what challenges lie ahead.