"We ask for the inclusion of the LGBT community in the census for public policy issues, because knowing where we are more aggregated there we, community leaders, will also be able to do more advocacy with the Government and other partners", said this Wednesday the director of the Iris Angola, Carlos Fernandes.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Angolan Statistics Week, promoted in Luanda by the National Statistics Institute (INE), Carlos Fernandes said that the LGBT community in Angola needs specific public policies.
In Luanda "we found many LGBT in Viana, in Zango, so these are areas that need specific public policies such as schools, hospitals, where sometimes they do not go because there is no public policy for training people who work in these spaces", he pointed out.
The director and co-founder of Association Íris Angola also defended that the 2024 Census questionnaires should be more inclusive, considering that statistical data from the LGBT community should contribute to "better planning" of actions.
"Angola, for example, receives money to fight HIV at the level of people in our community, so how are we going to make a plan if we are achieving the objectives if we are not counted?", he questioned.
""We are also part of the National Plan for Human Rights and, therefore, how are we going to assess whether or not we are advancing around our rights provided for in the Penal Code? So, that's why we're here to hammer on being included," he explained.
In response, the director general of INE, José Calengi, said that the technical commission of the General Population and Housing Census – 2024 Census will study the case.
"There is a standard, the ideas were presented and the technical commission will study the way to fit them, although from the general point of view the gender theme is framed, as we have always been saying, everyone counts for Angola", he said.
According to the official, INE will collect contributions and the selection will always take into account "respect for the human person", within the framework of current laws, which "are the reference frameworks for the adoption of any question within the census questionnaires".
In 2024, Angola carries out the General Population and Housing Census and estimates that the population will reach around 35 million inhabitants.
The mapping of the Angolan territory is currently being updated in order to define and redefine the limits of the country's neighbourhoods.
The usefulness of census data in the formulation of public policies was one of the topics addressed this Wednesday in this seminar that took place at the INE headquarters, in the capital.