African LGBT asylum seekers in Belgium (Antwerp Colloquium) 13th October 2015

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A study and meeting day ‘African LGBT asylum seekers in Belgium which is scheduled to take place in Antwerp Belgium on 13th October 2015 (Antwerp Colloquium). UGOM representatives were invited to give their views on the topic in discussion and study, Rhona Bugembe the General Secretary of Uganda Gay On Move will be on the panel to talk about the stuff that matters most to her and about the activities or  work of UGANDA Gay on Move (Challenges and successes of their emancipation and advocacy work for the time they have done it) because people in Europe too often see LGBT refugees and migrants as powerless victims which is great to show them the other side of the story. She will set examples and motivate the asylum seekers in Belgium on how best they can over come challenges they face.  Rhona will be accompanied by Julius Matovu, the vice chairman of UGOM. This has been possible by the support and invitation of Ms. Klaartje Van Kerckem Project coordinator Beweging of Merhaba and Mercia Poelman president of Roze Huis Antwerp Belgium. (Great thanks ) and much great thanks to Mr Jan Beddeleem for the exposure support and contact of our work.

The study and meeting day is aimed  at drawing attention to the situation of LGBT asylum seekers in Belgium, in particular those that originate from Sub-Saharan Africa. There shall be the providing of information about the lives of LGBT people in Africa and around the asylum procedure in Belgium. Furthermore, it is time to let African LGBTIQ persons speak for themselves. The study and meeting day will offer support to people who are professionally or personally involved with African LGBT refugees or undocumented in Belgium.  There will be also a chance to hear  from staff and asylum reception centers and local relief initiatives, employees of CPAs, social workers and others who work professionally around (African) LGBT refugees. The target audience also includes volunteers working with refugees (or undocumented), staff and volunteers of pink houses, members of LGBT associations, human rights activists among others.

Special thanks to Klaartje Van Kerckem of Merhaba Brussel, Mercia Poelman president of Roze Huis Antwerp and Jan Beddeleem of Wish2be

“Human rights is our pride”




Staten Generaal (zwart- tweede kamer) wikimedia

On 7th-October-2015, the UGOM representatives were invited to the Dutch parliament (Tweede Kamer Staten Generaal Second House section) to be present at the debate on the current situation on the Anti Homosexuality and the Anti NGO bill that was in 2014 introduced in the parliament by the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima in Uganda. The invitation was from the Dutch labour Party to give UGOM members a chance to share their views on the debate

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The major topic was the previously taken decisions by Minister Ploumen to first cut the 8 million EURO aid to Uganda’s Justice Law Order Sector (JLOS), and recently restart the aid relationship with JLOS with 1 million EURO. The argumentation for these decisions is that the direct threat of the anti-gay legislation became smaller. Nevertheless, there’s still a chance the anti-LGBT law will return. The same counts for a law proposal that reduces the freedom of NGO’s in general, and particularily LGBT-related NGO’s. One should however put in mind the current stand of the Parliament and the President on the topic in the discussion. President Museveni said the reason why he didn’t support the Homosexuality bill was that there was already a law that catered for it.




If you want to stand up against what can be seen as an injustice, you have to first become aware of its existence. Maybe this can collectively help everyone to change the routine that might be described to bring a big positive change.
UGOM’s third Annual conference in conjuction with Rainbow DenHaag on Saturday 28th November 2015




UGOM is on the move as the name goes, restructuring day and night from one stage to another. Being looked at as an initiative that would champion the voice of the LGBTIQ asylum seekers especially of African descent by the central governments and the various institution in the Netherlands and the diaspora. It should be remembered that this organization  ushered in its operations in the Netherlands at the dawn of 2013 being formed in the quest to unite and make a solid impact for the distressed LGBTIQ asylum seekers who almost had the same problem by then that was related to their asylum claims that were being turned down by the immigration authority in the Netherlands (IND). Some of the factors were crystal clear of such behavior by the immigration because they saw a point of illegitimacy with a lot of these claims. However with the new force ignited by UGOM a lot of petitions were submitted in to the Dutch Tweede Kamer staten General with regard to the status-qua requesting to address this issue. From then this force has put the initiative in many eyes of the Dutch society and the international community. It is because of all these efforts that many came and joined and united in a solidarity that would change trends. This in July of 2015 made UGOM to be recognized of its work with the Stein Stra Honor of 2015.

The UGOM team will on 12th to 15th October be in Antwerp Belgium at  Colloquium of African LGBTIQ asylum seekers and proudly on the panel to share our journey on how UGOM  has managed to overcome its challenges and share the successes too. This will happen again in Athens Greece were  a UGOM representative, general secretary Rhona Bugembe was chosen the winner of the ILGA 2015 Athens Conference scholarship to represent her organization and community.

Plans to explore the possibility for UGOM to becoming a partner of  project Deepening Democracy are underway which is expected to yield a lot for the community.

Deepening Democracy is International Oxfam Novib project in which LHBTI rights (and gender dimension) are an integral part of this program for Deepening Democracy worldwide with much emphasis on diversity. Which UGOM for the last three years in existence has maintained to date.

Briefly about Deepening Democracy

The project Deepening Democracy wishes to empower women, youth and otherwise marginalized citizens  in seven countries to help them networking and forging alliances to gain more participatory and deliberative democratic rights and exercise more direct influence on the policy cycle, especially regarding:

  • [Influencing the political agendas] To mobilize their fellow citizens, organize social movement, develop consensus-based citizens’ agendas, make political representatives and government officials buy into them.
  • [Influencing policies and laws] To make people able to understand which policies and laws are being formulated, influence and amend the most pressing policies and laws or propose new policies and laws where these are missing.
  • [Influencing the management of the public finances] To help them to be fully informed about how the government is gaining its revenues and allocating its resources, or mobilizing private investment.

We are creating a global alliance of organizations pioneering in this field in Brazil, Uganda, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam, Spain and the Netherlands, which will operate as a learning community and jointly develop tools, validate them and make them re-contextualizable.

In almost all countries, no matter how poor or wealthy, serious issues with the functioning of democracy exist. Women, youth and other marginalized people are even worse off, as they are barely represented and their issues are rarely prioritized. They experience what in political science is labeled as a “disruption of the social contract’ or a “democratic deficit”.

It is important for innovative civil society organizations to join forces and enable citizens and citizens’ movements to gain more direct influence on, control over and participation in the different stages of the policy cycle, strengthen their ability to make their political representatives more responsive to their priorities and hold them accountable for their actions.

Great thanks to Mr. Bos and Mr Cadat



the venue address Dienstencentrum Copernicus, Daguerrestraat 16 2561 TT Den Haag (The Hague)


UGOM’s third Annual conference in conjuction with Rainbow DenHaag  is set to take place on Saturday 28th November 2015.

This is the third annual gathering that has been organised by UGOM is set this time round to be held in the city of Hague (Den Haag). The last two Annual gatherings were held in Amsterdam with the support of Secret Garden foundation and The Old Lutheran Church of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk) in 2013 and 2014 respectively uniting  people from all spheres of life to come and interact.


 This year’s annual gathering will focus much on bringing out a perception of imagination of a world were LOVE has no boundaries, where there is no segregation of love, a world were being LGBTIQ is not no longer an issue that could make a wake up call. a world of full tolerance regardless of any thing. And trying to show what the…

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Rights Out There – Recognition of Same-Sex Love Worldwide

An evening, hosted by and in the Old Lutheran Church of Amsterdam, to share what we know about legal progress – or stagnation – concerning the recognition of samesex love in the 200 countries of the world over the last fifty years. Where is homosexual behavior slowly disappearing from criminal law, where is discrimination being challenged by law, and where are same-sex families getting recognized – or not? And how does this relate to economic development and public opinion in the different countries?  Special guest Adam Long (a leading person in the ‘Vote Yes’-campaign about the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage) will be interviewed by the moderator of this evening, Boris Dittrich. (one of the events during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2015 Wednesday evening 29 July 2015, 19:3022:30, Singel 411, Amsterdam.)


“In my own talk during this event, I will use an interactive moving bubble chart to present my Global Index on Legal Recognition of Homosexual Orientation, and its correlations with economic development and with data on public opinion about homosexuality” 

says professor  K e e s   W a a l d i j k (professor of comparative sexual orientation law at Leiden Law School)

The whole event is in English and everyone is welcome.