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Everyone should be free to live a safe and dignified life, have a family and make their contribution to society. The Other Foundation works to change the views, practices and institutions that prevent people – because of who they are or who they love – from being able to do that in southern Africa. We gather support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities – and we give support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change.
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Call for Grant Applications africa-icon
We have opened a new call for grant applications. Any individual or organization from thirteen southern African countries can apply for a grant to support work that advances or protects the human rights, wellbeing, and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual men and women, as well as transgender and intersex people.

Grant applications will be accepted in four grant categories:

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Namaqualand Daisy Grants are for individuals only, including activists, artists, researchers and others. The maximum grant is ZAR 10,000 for work lasting up to 12 months.

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Inyosi or Honey Bee Grants are only for small organizations that want support for a small project or to get started. The maximum grant is ZAR 50,000 over a 12 month period.

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Hungwe or Fish Eagle Grants are for established organizations that need support for a project. The maximum grant is ZAR 200,000 over 18 months.

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Mosu or Umbrella Thorn Tree Grants are for core support only to anchor organizations working at a national or regional level. The maximum grant is ZAR 500,000 over 24 months.

The thirteen eligible countries from which grant applications will be accepted are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The first step to apply for a grant is to read the guidelines for the submission of grant applications and to submit a concept proposal. Click here to go to the guidelines and the concept proposal form.

The Foundation has ZAR 4 million for grant allocations in response to this call for grant applications. We expect that a decision about which concept proposals will be taken forward to the next stage of the grant decision-making process will be made within three weeks of the closing date.

The closing date for submission of grant concept proposals is Friday, 31 July 2015.

Call for Peer Reviewers africa-icon
A panel of between eight and twelve peer reviewers will review all grant concept proposals received by the Other Foundation. Suitable individuals from thirteen southern African countries who want to get involved in making decisions about grant allocations by the Other Foundation are now invited to apply to be peer reviewers.

The thirteen eligible countries from which peer reviewers may apply are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The first step to apply to be a peer reviewer is to read the guidelines for applications and then to submit an application. Click here to go to the guidelines and the application form.

An independent selection panel will review the applications. In making final decisions about the selection of the panel of peer reviewers, the selection panel will want to reflect the necessary geographic, gender identity, sexual orientation, skills, and sectorial diversities that will ensure a good mix of different knowledge, networks, and perspectives in the peer review panel.

Peer reviewers would need to be available for a three-day regional workshop of all peer reviewers that will be held in the second week of August 2015. Peer reviewers will not be paid for their time but the Other Foundation will pay all expenses for participation.

The closing date for submission of applications is Friday, 24 July 2015.

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Where the Money Goes africa-icon

Intersex In Botswana

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Being intersex probably has the most far-reaching gender-related impact on a person – yet is least spoken about amongst human rights activists focused on gender identity and sexual orientation.

With a R10,000 grant from the Other Foundation, Skipper Mogapi explored the attitudes, beliefs, knowledge gaps, and secrecy that surrounds intersex issues in Botswana. Engaging with healthcare providers and intersex people, Skipper tried to unpack the stigma, discrimination and psychological trauma suffered by intersex people and their parents.

His research reflected on participants’ responses against the broad social expectation that individuals are either male or female and that there are only two sexes and two genders that populate the world – rather than intersex being a natural variant that is part of human diversity.

quote-left I heard stories of powerlessness, violation, reclamation
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“I heard stories of powerlessness, violation, reclamation and personal empowerment,” says Skipper. “Interview after interview, participants shared stories of feeling scrutinized and sexualized by medical professionals; of being treated as oddities and freaks; of lacking control over their own bodies and of the resulting shame and secrecy of such experiences,” he says.

Likening infant sex assignment surgery to female genital mutilation, Skipper affirms that the human rights of children enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child are particularly relevant to the practice of genital surgery on intersex infants.

Relating six case studies of intersex people in Botswana, the research concludes that an educational initiative is needed to inform medical professionals and parents about intersex issues. The research also recommends the introduction of clear regulations that require informed consent from parents before any surgery is done on intersex infants.

Out In Africa

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2014 unfortunately saw the last Out in Africa gay and lesbian film festival in South Africa – even with support from the Other Foundation. As a result of the changing arts and media environment and shifting patterns of community support for the festival, Out in Africa has had to adapt its strategies to achieve its mission. The Other Foundation therefore supported Out in Africa to be resilient in this changing environment.

In addition to supporting the 2014 film festival, the Foundation supported Out in Africa to produce the first ever full-length feature film on gay and lesbian life in South Africa. While You Were Not Looking tells the story of a cross section of Cape Town based queers, with themes on lost love, same-sex marriage and adoption, mixed-race relationships and the pursuit of happiness in post apartheid South Africa. It’s already made the official 2015 selection of two international film festivals – the 18. Pink Apple Film Festival and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

quote-left A cross section of Cape Town queers, with themes on
lost love, same-sex marriage and adoption, mixed-race relationships and the pursuit of happiness in
post apartheid South Africa.
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With the help of a R500,000 grant from the Foundation, the film was completed in 2015 and two main Out in Africa film festival events were held in 2014 – in Johannesburg in May and in Cape Town in November. In addition, eight satellite screenings were held in South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho.

Click here to watch the trailer of While You Were Not Looking.

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What does the public really think? africa-icon
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There is a general belief that African people are deeply homophobic and unaccepting of gender diversities. But what does the African public really think? The truth is that we don’t really know because hardly any work has been done to gather and analyze the views of the public in a structured way in Africa.

The Other Foundation therefore approached the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa to address the lack of empirical evidence about public opinion, on which meaningful social dialogue can be based.

In June, the HSRC and the Other Foundation convened a meeting of eight leading researchers from southern Africa. They started working to develop a module of questions that will be included in the forthcoming South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS). This annual survey, undertaken by the HSRC, is nationally representative of the South African population.

quote-left For the first time we will have scientifically valid, nationally representative evidence. quote-right

“This is ground breaking research,” says Carla Sutherland, head of programmes at the Other Foundation. “For the first time we will have scientifically valid, nationally representative evidence to inform social dialogue and advocacy, policy, and academic debate.”

The survey will be done in October 2015. It will be used as a template for similar surveys in other countries in the region in the near future.

The findings of the survey will be made public as early as March next year. It will then be used to inform the development of various publications for government, civil society groups and academic institutions.

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Our Trustees africa-icon
Hugo-Canham

Hugo Canham

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“The struggle to realize our humanity in all its fullness is worth it,” says Hugo. He is a counseling psychologist and senior lecturer in psychology at Wits University in Johannesburg. He is also a member of the Health Professionals Council of South Africa and an executive member of the Anti-Racism Network in Higher Education in South Africa.

Hugo was previously the director of the transformation and employment equity office of the University of Witwatersrand and worked as a projects manager at the South Africa Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. He was a South Africa Fellow at Harvard University while writing his PhD thesis. He holds a PhD in employment equity.

“I hope that the Other Foundation can be a catalyst for Africans to be who they are and love who they love, freely and all the time,” he says.

Patricia-Watson

Patricia Watson

Trustee

Patricia has worked for more that 20 years as an educationalist, specializing in the production of innovative learning materials. She is especially interested in the use of new technologies in learning environments.

Holding a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of the Witwatersrand, Patricia is widely published and has received several awards for her work in education. In addition, she provides leadership coaching.

Patricia currently works in the South African government as the director of the technical support unit in the office of the director general of the department of basic education.

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A Million Ones africa-icon

R115,400 Raised in 3 Months Through A Million Ones

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Overseas financial support for gay rights is often seen as the promotion of a Western agenda at the cost of African values. To correct this false belief, we must show that freedom-loving Africans support freedom for everyone, including people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. A good way to show such support is through increased social giving in Africa for the advancement of the rights, wellbeing, and social inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

A Million Ones is a community-led initiative to build social giving, in which friends and supporters of the Other Foundation host special pledging dinners in their homes and sign up to give regular donations to good projects.

quote-left The dinners are personalized and intimate, and cost the host of the dinner nothing. quote-right

The dinners are personalized and intimate, and cost the host of the dinner nothing other than time and commitment. The Foundation pays for all dinner arrangements, including a guest chef. All the host has to do is invite guests to the dinner so they can give or commit to hosting their own dinner. The pledges we ask for are small so that everyone can participate – and we will not take any part of the funds raised to pay for our administrative costs.

In the past three months we have raised R115,400 from seven dinners held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and New York. This will release R461,600 through matching commitments that have been secured. And more dinners have already been lined up for Swaziland, London, Cape Town, Johannesburg and New York.

Get involved! Like and Share our Facebook page. Host a pledging dinner by contacting smokgosi@theotherfoundation.org. Or give now at www.theotherfoundation.org/giving.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
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Thapelo Sekoma

Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

When asked about what motivates him, Thapelo says that he is driven by the pursuit of excellence. He has several years of experience working as an executive assistant in a grant making environment.

He previously volunteered as an assistant in the Nokeng tsa Taemane municipal library before joining an executive travel company. He speaks seven South African languages.

Thapelo is inspired by the words of the former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, to ‘be a yardstick of quality’, he says, quoting Steve Jobs words: “Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” That’s what he wants to help build in the Other Foundation.

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Supriya Kalidas

Finance Manager

Supriya has a particular interest in aligning financial management systems with performance monitoring and impact evaluation practices. She is a financial and performance management specialist with more than 24 years of accounting experience.

She was previously a financial management consultant in the Canadian Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development. Prior to that, she was the executive manager of finance and corporate services at the South African Cities Network and the finance manager of the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA).

Supriya has been on a short term contract with the Other Foundation and will soon leave the team as she wants to reduce her working hours. In a short time, she has made a big contribution.

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The Other Foundation is grateful for the support it has received from:
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SIPHOKAZI MTHATHI – ISE BOSCH – SHAKA SISULU – MELODY MEMELA – BARBARA WRIGHT – SYLVESTER CHAUKE – GERALD KRAAK – JON STRYKER – ZANELE MABENA – SLOBODAN RANDEJELOVIC – TUMI MOHALE – GRAHAM PATRICK – SHEKESHE MOKGOSI – LORING MCALPIN – LAURIE ADAMS – THATO LETLAPE – HARRIET TOLPUTT – MAKGABO MAMABOLO – TERRENCE MECK – JOELINE HLONGWA – DAVID RYAN – BRETON ALBERTI – BRIAN HLONGWA – LEE-ANN CHAIN – JUNIOR SIDZUMO – MICHAEL FIELD – ZINGAPHI NGEWU – JEFF ARNSTEIN – ZETHU NKAMBULE – DARYL HOWARD – DNA BRAND SOLUTIONS – REID WILLIAMS – NOXOLO HLONGWANE – VISTA KALIPA – KAITLIN DAVID – LIOPELO MAPHATHE – MICHAEL ADEE – YOLISWA MAKHASI – CHRISTOPH MINKE – EMMA KAYE – NEVILLE MOUNTJOY – BRENDA YENI – NEDBANK PRIVATE WEALTH – ZINI GODDEN – BRIAN OLSON – LALI MOLEYA – MIRRIAM EDDING – LEBO MOTHIBE – TRACY GARY – JACKIE HLONGWANE – INKA VON STERNEFELS – TAKALANI MADZHADZHI – SANDY MOUNTJOY – JAY BADZA – JODY COLE – MAMOHALE DIMEMA – NEVILLE GABRIEL – NONTOKOZO MADONSELA – MARK CANAVERA – RHINO AFRICA TOURS – MARIUS VOS – STUART SCHEAR – NDUMISO MNGOMEZULU – SUE SOAL – OUMA TEMA – CARLA SUTHERLAND – SIMO MVINJEWA – CHESLIN TWIGG – BONGINKOSI MAHALA – JODY JACOBS – BARBARA BOHLE – MARION GREEN-THOMPSON – PEDRO RAMOS – NKULULEKO NZMANDE – JACQUELINE HART – ODETTE RAMSINGH – DEAN EBDEN – KHOLEKILE NDAMASE – GINA TAGLIERI – SHARI TURITZ – WESLEY ADAMS – MALUSI MAKHATHINI – FEISAL ISRAEL – CRAIG ABRAHAMS – THULILE MAHONGA - BLANCHE TING – VIVA LILES-WILKIN – JP POTGIETER – PHUMI MASHIGO – ANN-MARIE GOLIATH – ISRAEL MQINGWANA – ANDILE MZINYATI – FANNEY TSHIMONG – NHLANHLA NDABA – ADRIAN COMAN

TT1087/2013 / Hugo CANHAM [South Africa] | Miguel DE BRITO [Mozambique] | Isabella MATAMBANADZO [Zimbabwe]
Alice MOGWE [Botswana] | Xhanti PAYI [South Africa] | Shaun SAMUELS [South Africa]
Patricia WATSON [South Africa] | Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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