'Hate group' Family Watch International is teaching high-level politicians across Africa how to campaign against sex education and LGBT rights.
Family Watch International (FWI), a small US Christian conservative organisation described by civil rights activists as a "hate group" for its anti-LGBT stance, has been coaching high-ranking African politicians and religious and civic leaders to oppose comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) across the continent.
For at least a decade, African ambassadors to the United Nations have been invited to FWI's annual training programmes in the US. Their focus is on opposing both LGBT rights and CSE - which the UN defines as "the education of children and young people about sexual health, wellbeing and dignity". FWI's training for African leaders also includes practical sessions on how to negotiate at the UN.
FWI president Sharon Slater and her husband, Greg Slater, the group's senior legal advisor, also hold receptions for the 20 or so politicians at their suburban home in Gilbert, Arizona.
By day, Greg Slater is vice-president and senior director of global regulatory affairs at the microchip giant Intel, which has publicly backed equal rights for LGBT people. But in his role at FWI, he advises the organisation on...