Opportunities of empowerment in contexts of state-sanction homophobia : The role of ICTs in the communication ecology of LGBTQIs in the Ugandan capital Region

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Opportunities of empowerment in contexts of state-sanction homophobia : The role of ICTs in the communication ecology of LGBTQIs in the Ugandan capital Region

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Title Opportunities of empowerment in contexts of state-sanction homophobia : The role of ICTs in the communication ecology of LGBTQIs in the Ugandan capital Region
Author Svensson, Jakob
Date 2017
English abstract
Uganda gained international notoriety 2009, for introducing one of the world’s harshest anti-homosexuality Bill, proposing the death penalty for homosexual acts and jail time for the promotion of homosexuality. International and domestic criticism successfully kept the Bill dormant until 2013, when its proponents managed to have it passed. Although the Anti-homosexuality Act was successfully legally challenged 2014, the lives of sexual minorities have not resulted in an improved human rights situation. Human rights abuse in the shape of extra-judicial violence, social discrimination, denial of due legal process in connection with abuse, denial of employment and housing continue. Parts of the Ugandan media has contributed to the community’s vulnerability by discriminatory coverage as well as outing alleged LGBTQIs (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Trans-, Queer and Intersexuals) by publicizing pictures, home and work addresses, as well as incite to violence by calling for their public hanging. This paper seeks to analyse the role of ICTs and social media in particular, in empowering the LGBTQI community in the Ugandan Capital region. In a context of high levels of state-sanctioned homophobia and media discrimination, ICTs are approached as part of the community’s general communication ecology. The study thus explores ICTs, beyond being a simple tool for connectivity and focus the analysis on its potential to facilitate empowerment. The methodology used will be an online and offline ethnographic methodology.
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SANORD Conference (28 nov - 1 dec 2017 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Southern African Nordic Centre
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23875 Permalink to this page
Link http://www.nust.ac.zw/sanord2017/... (external link to related web page)
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