Wild Rainbow African Safaris Founder Jody Cole Elected to IGLHRC Board

Wild Rainbow African Safaris Founder Jody Cole Elected to IGLHRC Board

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Jody Cole, founder and guide of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, has been elected to the board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the preeminent organization focused on the pursuit of human rights for LGBT people across the globe.
 
Cole is enthusiastic about her role in this important organization, and about what it means for LGBT people in countries she brings people to while on safari. “After years of bringing LGBT Americans to Africa, I have come to realize my guests have, either directly or indirectly, informed and shared new perspectives with the many local people we encounter on safari. It seems a natural step that as I expand on that reality by becoming involved with IGHRC. I will do whatever I can to bring international attention to the struggles of LGBT Africans, as well as being an ambassador to Africa for the LGBT community in the States.”
 
More than two thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing consensual same-sex acts. IGLHRC’s Africa program, based in South Africa, fights for an end to human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Africa by partnering with local activists to advocate for change through regional and international institutions; to research and document human rights abuses; and to pursue institutional change across the continent.
 
IGLHRC is engaged in work across the African continent including in countries that are popular for safari travel, including Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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