Human rights defender
Mojalifa is a seasoned human rights defender and figurehead of the LGBTI+ movement in Zimbabwe. He has done a lot of pioneering work to advocate for the rights of the LGBTI+ community in his country.
Mojalifa is currently 36 years old and works as a manager of programmes at the Sexual Rights Centre, a human rights organisation that works to protect and uphold the human and sexual reproductive and health rights of members of the LGBTI+ community and sex workers in Zimbabwe. The Sexual Rights Centre was founded in 2007 and currently covers four provinces. It offers a range of services; from free clinics and nutrition kitchens, to safe spaces and mentoring services.
Human rights violations in Zimbabwe
Human rights are under pressure in Zimbabwe. Throughout 2020, more than 70 government critics were abducted and tortured in the country and arbitrary arrests and assaults took place against other government critics. The LGBTI+ community in the country also remains under pressure and often faces severe discrimination and even violence. Human rights defenders – like Mojalifa – who advocate for the rights of the LGBTI+ community are particularly likely to be targeted as a result of their work.
Threats and challenges
Mojalifa’s organisation experienced this first-hand. Their website was hacked twice and their offices and members are observed and monitored by members of the security forces. As one of the public faces of the organisation, Mojalifa runs the risk of being targeted as well.