Manzini, 04 December, 2023 / 8:54 pm (ACI Africa).
Parents in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are demanding an apology from teachers after an official of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) stated support of transgenderism in schools.
When addressing teachers during the Gender Equality as a Fundamental Human Rights and Sexual Orientation workshop at Sigwaca House on November 28 in the capital Mbabane, SNAT Secretary General, Lot Vilakati, reportedly championed the rights of transgender persons.
He is reported to have said that some children are facing discrimination because of the sexual orientation they choose to identify with, and that the issue of lesbians, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer was the future.
In a petition launched by the African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGO Africa, members of the Concerned Parents Swaziland say that "SNAT is not telling the truth about transgenderism.”
“We, as parents, have noted with concern the statements issued by the SNAT teachers organization during a workshop that was held at Sigwaca House on 28th November 2023. We note that SNAT is outright against us by spreading false information about the so-called transgender children,” they say in the Monday, December 4 online petition.