PAI 2023 Conference Call for Abstracts

Jan 26, 2023

Would you like to give a paper or workshop at the PAl 6th Regional Conference?


Pride and Resilience – Fierté et Résilience

PAI 6TH Regional Conference: Pride and Resilience – Fierté et Résilience is taking place from

31st July to 04th August 2023 in Port Louis, Mauritius.

We welcome your submission of abstracts for oral presentations, panel presentations, workshops, and artistic presentations.

The submission period is Friday 23rd December to Thursday 23rd  February 2023.

All submissions should be made online at

PAI Conference Themes

The main theme for this year’s conference is Pride and Resilience – Fierté et Résilience. Your abstract submission should speak to this overall theme while focusing deeper on one of the conference’s five themes.


Our Youth Our Future: Embracing Pride and Resilience in Shaping our Pan African Vision

We will be consolidating the recommendations from our previous conference by providing a major focus on youth as the future of our movement. On the African continent, millions of young people are currently at risk in many different ways, and this impacts even more young people who identify as LGBTIQ+. How are youth in the sector organizing to change this? Youth organisations will speak about their work in their communities and at local and regional levels. What role can youth play in informing leadership on how to organise the movement in the present context? What role should older activists play in empowering youth to build a sustainable Pan-African movement? How do we ensure that young people are ready to take over the movement?  We listen to case studies of youth movements in different regions of the continent. We speak to the importance of storytelling, archiving and documenting our stories to learn from each other through the generations.


Queerly African: Towards A Uniquely Pan-African Movement

Academics and activists from each of the five regions on the continent will speak about the research they have conducted around the gains and losses in their region. Speakers will discuss the legal, human rights, and material issues affecting their region. What advances have been made in the sector in each region? What are the key challenges facing LGBTIQ+ persons on the continent? How do we as a movement address challenges? How do we address the anti-gender movement? How can we use and celebrate our rich regional diversity? What role does language and culture play in our work?  How do we ensure better resource mobilisation for all regions? How do we challenge laws and policies that violate human rights across the continent, and in regions? How do we increase legal support and representation to ensure better services and better legal representation in all regions? How do the different identities within the LGBTIQ+ community shape the manner in which we organise? Are we addressing issues of masculinity and feminism in the regions, and in our movement?


My Body, My Soul, My Space, My Community: Affirming Identity and Diversity

Health and well-being remain critical in the LGBTIQ+ community on the continent where health services, including mental health, remain an illusion. How do we work towards destigmatisation in health and medical services? This includes psycho-social support. It will also address sexual reproductive rights. It includes sexuality, consent, and body positivity. In speaking to these issues – what is the role of traditional medicine and traditional healers? What is the role of spirituality in the well-being of our sector? Is sexual and gender diversity respected as it should be, within our own LGBTIQ+ community? We will have an inter-denominational discussion about religion and queerness, talking from the perspective of the dominant religions on our continent – traditional religions, Islam, and Christianity. We need to look at issues of patriarchy, culture, and language, in identifying positive and negative influences on our well-being. We will speak to the need to address our personal responsibilities in nurturing ourselves as healthy individuals within a healthy LGBTIQ+ community.


Sustainable Development: Taking Our Stand

How does the LGBTIQ+ sector engage with broader struggles on the continent that have an impact on the LGBTIQ+ community? How do we address the intersectionality of issues affecting our sector?  How can we use developmental frameworks alongside and complementary to the human rights frameworks in our struggle? What is the sector’s response to the refugee crisis on the continent? There is a practice for countries to not process applications from LGBTIQ+ people, yet they are fleeing from countries because of homophobic laws. What is the LGBTIQ+ community’s response to the global environmental debate? How are we responding to the youth unemployment crisis on the continent that has a direct and devastating impact on our societies, and the LGBTIQ+ community specifically? How does the sector respond to broader political and developmental issues affecting the livelihoods and well-being of LGBTIQ+ people while building an effective Pan-African continental movement?


South-South Collaborations: Shaping Global Alliances

With a focus on south-south collaborations we look at networks on the African continent and we engage with our partners in addressing the challenging global reality. We share experiences and engage with LGBTIQ+ activists from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and North America, from a Pan-African perspective.  How do we increase south-to-south cooperation?


  • Oral Presentations: Oral presentations provide the author(s) the opportunity to present original work related to the conference topics listed above.
  • Panel Presentations: Panel presentations provide authors with the option to organise a panel comprising up to 5 individuals speaking on a particular theme. A panel presentation abstract must summarise the overall theme of the panel as well as what each speaker will bring to the discussion.
  • Art Presentations: Art presentations provide an interactive forum for artists to present and discuss their work. Presenters will be able to showcase their work and share their inspiration for it, speak about the need for art in activism and interact with different audiences. There is no limitation on what the definition of “art” is.
  • Workshops: Active workshops are welcome. These should be as interactive as possible and focusing on the exchanging of skills would be an asset.

Submission Options

  • Authors must submit abstracts as ‘Oral Presentations’, ‘Panel Presentations’, ‘Art Presentations’ or ‘Workshop’.
  • Panel Presentations must be submitted under “Panel Presentation Only” and will not be considered for alternate formats. The number of panel presentations at the conference will be limited, so this option should be used only when an integrated presentation requires multiple presentations in a single session.
  • The selection committee reserves the right to propose alternative presentation formats as the scope of the final programme requires.

Submission Instructions

  • All abstracts must be submitted online. The online system will be open from Friday 23rd December 2022 and closed on Thursday 23rd– February 2023 at midnight CAT.
  • All sections of the abstract submission form should be filled in. In the initial application, the body of the abstract has a limited word count. Please adhere to this word count as it enables the selection committee to decide on the final programme. You will be invited to submit a full proposal should your abstract be accepted.


  • Pan Africa ILGA will inform you if your abstract has been selected by Monday 13th March 2023
  • Submission of an abstract does not mean automatic registration for the conference and authors are required to register at
  • Should you need financial assistance for the conference, please remember to apply to the Scholarship Fund when you register.
  • Accepted abstracts will be compiled and made available to all conference participants.
  • Any presenter who is unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/art in question.
  • If any changes need to be made once your Abstract is accepted, please notify the Planning Committee, at: [email protected]

NCC Communiqué issued on 27 January 2023

The CAEC premises will remain close on the 27th of January 2023 as per above communique. Our team remains available for any emergency via our Hotline 5919 2232

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