We join voices with the entire Ugandan LGBTIQ+ community in expressing our deep concern and disappointment regarding this discriminatory legislation. The law not only legalizes state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia but also poses a threat to the fundamental rights and well-being of individuals in the LGBTIQ+ community and their allies.
Workplace Pride firmly believes that all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve equal rights, dignity, and protection under the law. We know from our member’s experience that workplaces where LGBTIQ+ people can be themselves, are more productive and beneficial for the employee and the employer. And in this sense we stand united with our partners, including Google, Microsoft, and other global companies, in opposing this draconian and discriminatory law.
Uganda’s new legislation not only infringes upon basic human rights but also has potential negative consequences for the country’s economy and international relationships. The concerns raised by the European Union, the United Nations human rights body, and other organizations are valid, highlighting the adverse impacts of this law on Ugandan society.
We call upon the Ugandan government to reconsider this law and engage in open dialogue with LGBTIQ+ advocates, civil society organizations, and the international community. By fostering understanding and embracing diversity, Uganda can work towards a more inclusive society that respects and protects the rights of all its citizens.
Furthermore, Workplace Pride urges neighboring countries, such as Kenya and Tanzania, to reject similar measures that promote discrimination and violate the rights of LGBTIQ+ individuals.
As an international platform, Workplace Pride reaffirms its commitment to supporting LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the workplace and beyond. We stand ready to collaborate with local LGBTIQ + organizations, international partners, and stakeholders to promote dialogue, education, and advocacy for LGBTIQ+ rights in Uganda and around the world.