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09 February 2011

BBC World Debate on Gay Rights

Dear Friends

On behalf of BBC World News and Broad Daylight Films I have pleasure in inviting you to join the audience for a televised debate on Gay Rights in Africa, to take place on Sunday 27 February from 1pm to 4pm in Randburg, Johannesburg.

Panellists are expected to include:
1. Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana and Chair of “Champions for an HIV Free Generation”
2. David Bahati MP, Government of Uganda and author of anti-Homosexuality Bill
3. Zackie Achmat, Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa
4. Bience Gawanas, Social Affairs Commissioner, African Union

The main question in the debate will be: Is Homosexuality un-African?

We will break the topic down into three sub-questions:
HISTORY: What is the history of same sex relationships in Africa?
CULTURE: How do we define what is African?
TOLERANCE: Can we reconcile our religions and traditions with human rights?

There will be an opportunity for audience members to make comments and ask questions.

The host of the debate is BBC News Presenter Zeinab Badawi and the debate will be broadcast by BBC World News during March 2011. Places are limited, so if you’d like to join us, please send an email with your name, cellphone number and the number of people who would like to attend (2 places only per email please) to Zanele Nyingwa at this email worlddebate.africa@gmail.com.

Once we receive your response, we’ll respond with confirmation of your seats and the venue details.

Regards
Ben Cashdan
Producer

This World Debate is being produced with the support of the Open Society initiative for Southern Africa.

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