The Malawi Cross Party Group took place on Wednesday May 10th and looked at LGBTIQ and human rights in Malawi.
We were delighted to welcome three speakers to the CPG:
- Alan Msosa, Malawian PhD student, University of Essex
- Scott Cuthbertson, Equality Network
- Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow
Alan Msosa is a Commonwealth Scholar and doctoral candidate at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre. He is conducting interdisciplinary research on the societal and institutional factors that influence persecution of LGBTIQ people in Malawi. As part of his research he has interviewed 44 LGBTIQ Malawians to document the impact of persecution in their daily lives.
Please consider donating to Alan, so that he can complete the final months of his vital research: https://www.gofundme.com/almsosa
Scott Cuthbertson is the Development Manager for Equality Network, a LGBTI charity. He is a LGBTI equality and human rights advocate based in Edinburgh. Scott became involved in LGBTI issues at University where he was the Welfare Officer at his student union, he was then elected LGBT Officer for NUS Scotland and then NUS UK. He works across a range of portfolios including community development, hate crime, sport, international and travel.
Dr Matthew Waites is a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow. His current research focuses on issues of human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in international contexts, and developing the sociology of human rights. A central concern is the contested relationship of the Commonwealth to sexual orientation and gender identity issues, in a context where the British Empire criminalised same-sex sexual behaviour. This theme is explored in the first book on the topic: Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites, eds. (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change
Chapter 13 looks specifically at LGBT rights in Malawi.