The CAL Autonomy Project: What is Autonomy?

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The Autonomy Project is a campaign of the Coalition of African Lesbians — a sub-Saharan regional advocacy organisation with pan-Africanist and feminist ideals. The Autonomy Project promotes the discourse and practice of agency, autonomy, and freedom for women and marginalised and stigmatised gender non-conforming individuals and communities. The principle of bodily integrity in feminist theory relates to the right of each human being to autonomy and self-determination over their own body. For CAL, this principle envisions a society in which all people are able to exercise autonomy over their bodies and lives, and make decisions that affect their own bodies and lives without interference by individuals, such as fathers, brothers, and husbands; institutions, such as the government; religious doctrine and tradition; and the society and community as a whole.

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