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UN submission on discrimination and violence against lesbians

On 1 August 2021 Listening2Lesbians provided submissions in response to the following from the Commission on the Status of Women:

“Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. The Commission on the Status of Women considers such communications as part of its annual programme of work in order to identify emerging trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality.”

Commission on the Status of Women: Communication Procedure

Information was provided to the UN on incidents dating back approximately 2.5 years across the 57 countries we have reported on in that time.

Legal, social and familial punishment of lesbians for failing to conform with the expectations imposed on women illuminates the status of women around the world. Homosexuality is understood to be a breach of sex-based expectations. Strictly enforced sex roles are accompanied by increased consequences for those who break them, individually or collectively. Lesbians, or women read as lesbians, are doubly punishable for their non-conformity, both overt and inferred.

Listening2Lesbians is not an expert on these countries and provided this information to augment and support the information provided by women from individual communities. We can only provide information on cases we have been able to locate and based our submissions solely around the available facts. Please note that we welcome corrections and updates.

We are painfully aware of the many communities not represented.

Anyone with information on missing communities is invited to contact us with information on reporting violence and discrimination against lesbians in their community.

Liz, Ari and Devorah @ Listening2Lesbians

Submissions:

Madagascar: mother has daughter’s lesbian partner charged under homophobic law to derail family rape charges

L2L Madagascar

Tuesday, March 10, a 33-year-old woman, Domoina, was placed under arrest in Antanimora prison, Antananarivo, for “corruption of a minor” against her 19-year-old girlfriend, Fyh, a law allowing imprisonment of “anyone who has committed a shameless or unnatural act with an individual of their sex, a minor under the age of 21”. Apparently, Domoina, nicknamed “Ken” on social networks, had decided to live her love with Fyh and to move in with her. The voluntary relationship was not to the liking of the mother, who complained.

“I was raped by my father and my grandfather aged 6 to 16,” said Fyh, who had two abortions as a result (also punishable by law). “I met Domoina and told her about my problems. I thought I would file a complaint against my father for rape, my grandfather having already died. My mother was scared and went after my girlfriend, who wanted to help me with this. I find it absurd that homosexuality is condemned so quickly when it is so difficult to file a rape complaint.” Proof, according to the young woman, of a two-tier justice system.
(Translated)

Mardi 10 mars, une femme de 33 ans, Domoina, a été mise sous mandat de dépôt à la prison d’Antanimora, à Antananarivo, pour « détournement de mineure » à l’encontre de sa petite amie de 19 ans, Fyh, une loi permettant d’emprisonner « quiconque aura commis un acte impudique ou contre-nature avec un individu de son sexe, mineur de moins de 21 ans ». Selon les intéressées, Domoina, surnommée « Ken » sur les réseaux sociaux, avait décidé de vivre son amour avec Fyh et d’emménager avec elle. Cette relation librement consentie n’a pas été du goût de la mère de cette dernière, qui a porté plainte.

« J’ai été violée par mon père et mon grand-père de 6 à 16 ans, confie Fyh, qui a subi deux avortements (punis par la loi). J’ai rencontré Domoina et je lui ai parlé de mes problèmes. Je pensais porter plainte contre mon père pour viol, mon grand-père étant décédé depuis. Ma mère a eu peur et s’en est prise à ma petite amie, qui voulait m’aider dans cette démarche. Je trouve aberrant qu’on condamne aussi vite l’homosexualité alors qu’il est si difficile de porter plainte pour viol. » Preuve, selon la jeune femme, d’une justice à deux vitesses.
(Original)

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2020/03/13/a-madagascar-l-emprisonnement-d-une-lesbienne-rappelle-la-dure-situation-des-minorites-sexuelles_6032998_3212.html