Out Leadership is producing a Global Pulse interview series on its OutLeadership Insights. Meet with Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux, founder of the Young Queer Alliance, in Out Leadership Insights; the Global Pulse on Equality: Mauritius.
Young LGBT activists seek to establish equality and freedom under the law for LGBT persons at the Supreme Court of Mauritius to challenge the constitutionality of Section 250. After hearing the parties, the Supreme Court granted the application for leave for the Plaintiffs to lodge their case for constitutional redress.
Mauritius is a democratic country which promotes human rights, and there are no specific rights attached to any group. I believe that it is an essential day for trans people as this day is about celebrating trans visibility. This day sheds light on the daily difficulties and challenges Trans people face and struggles to be accepted in society. For trans people, specific policies concerning the use of bathroom and anti-bullying policies must also be implemented in schools.
11 March 2020 – The U.S. Department of State issued its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – covering a plethora of rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements, inter alia, individual, civil, political, and worker rights. Despite the assurances on the fairness and reliability of the methodology and principles in drafting the report, the Young Queer Alliance is baffled by the position of the U.S. Department of State concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) issues in Mauritius.
In an open world market, taking a leaf from cancelling Pride 2018 should serve as a reminder for the negative publicity from European markets which followed by unnecessarily intervening in a market economy. The Mauritian government giving in to the whims and caprices of the MCC will not be welcomed by markets and investors.
Aisha Mughal has become the first openly trans person to take part at Pakistan’s 5th periodic UN CEDAW review. Pakistan is much progressive when it comes to trans people. A few weeks before, Pakistan extended free healthcare to trans people which includes transition-related care.
The faculty of law of the University of Mauritius and the Young Queer Alliance organised a half-day debate on the theme of ‘Minorities Rights in Africa’. The topic of the debate was: Is there a contradiction between recognising LGBTQ rights in African States and the States national, social and cultural dynamics?
Recently, I have learnt that each 20th of November, we celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance; celebrating Trans identities. For me, this day represents the struggle for respect that trans people fight for on a daily basis.
At home, I have been able to express myself freely and wear dresses and put on makeup without fearing any form of reprisal. However, in society, the scenario changes bluntly, it is more complicated to gain acceptance and respect.
As a queer teenager, I had to go through a number of experiences: bullying, the loss of dear ones, depression, confusion and attempt to suicide. However, my worst experience is definitely my coming out… till now, my parents have not yet approved the fact that I am queer.