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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 advance equality and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people - and we give support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change.
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Trans-formative Change in Africa africa-icon
Image courtesy the Sistazhood / Robert Hamblin
The transgender movement is still relatively new in the African human rights movement. Its actors and supporters are working to define and shape a framework for what it should look like.

Groups from South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya attended an African Transformative Feminist Leadership Institute to discuss the possibility of holding a regular feminist leadership institute to build the transgender movement’s capability for leading transformative social change, through learning and sharing with a focus on trans women.

quote-left Its actors and supporters are working to define and shape a framework for what it should look like. quote-right

The institute was organized and hosted by the Social, Health and Empowerment (SHE) Feminist Collective, with the support of a R150,000 grant from the Other Foundation.

Proudly Out in Limpopo africa-icon
Image courtesy eNCA / Bianca Bothma
Religion and culture, especially in communities that are far away from developed urban environments, play a big part in shaping people’s social attitudes and moral judgments. This often leads to high levels of discrimination and social exclusion of LGBTI people – if not violence.

Since its registration in 2012, the group Limpopo LGBTI Proudly Out has actively represented the LGBTI community in Limpopo province. Over the years, it has engaged and sensitized religious and community leaders, health providers and the police on the human rights and social insecurity of homosexual and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people. It’s been doing this entirely through volunteers, with no paid staff.

quote-left Since its registration in 2012, the group Limpopo LGBTI Proudly Out has actively represented the LGBTI community in Limpopo province. quote-right

The Other Foundation was happy to support this work through a R50,000 grant. Limpopo is the second poorest province in South Africa.

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Building a New Media Narrative africa-icon

Living up to a commitment made in the early 1990s to gay and lesbian journalists to cover emerging LGBTI issues, the Mail & Guardian newspaper has announced a partnership with the Other Foundation, for a journalistic fellowship focusing on LGBTI Issues across the region.

The fellowship will place a mid-level journalist in the newsroom from April 2016, for consistent coverage of diverse topics and voices that reflect the realities of LGBTI people’s lives in southern Africa. The iconic Mail & Guardian title is distributed in several southern African countries and has a massive massive online readership.

The Gerald Kraak Anthology and Award africa-icon
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Jacana Media, the well-known African publishing house, has partnered with the Other Foundation to launch the publication of an annual anthology and literary award for writing on gender, sexuality, and human rights, in honour of the late Gerald Kraak who was a founding figure of the Other Foundation. The initiative will be run through the Jacana Literary Foundation that cultivates writing excellence in Africa, has announced a new award for 2016: The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology.

Gerald, who was a leading anti-apartheid activist, a passionate champion of social justice, and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ reconciliation and human rights programme in South Africa, was also the author of two award winning books, including Ice in the Lungs [Jacana, 2005].

quote-left The prize will be awarded annually, with shortlisted work being published in a publication that celebrates literary work around sexuality and gender issues. quote-right

Authors, photographers, and poets from across Africa are invited to make submissions in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, journalism, or scholarly articles in English. The prize will be awarded annually, with shortlisted work being published in a publication that celebrates literary work around sexuality and gender issues.

Winners of the award will be announced at an award ceremony that will be hosted by the Other Foundation in 2017, and Jacana has partnered with several publishers throughout Africa to ensure Gerald Kraak Anthology will be made available very widely. Guidelines for entries are available on the Jacana Media website.

A Visit From the US Special Envoy africa-icon
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On 27 January 2016, The Other Foundation was honoured to host the US government’s first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI people, Randy Berry, for a consultation with regional LGBTI organizations.

Participants from African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR], Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action [GALA], HIVOS, Iranti Org, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa [OSISA], Pan African ILGA, Sonke Gender Justice, and the Other Foundation reviewed the social and policy climate in southern Africa, from the perspective of LGBTI groups in the region.

Peer Reviewers Recommend Grants africa-icon

Nine activists who work to protect and advance the human rights and social inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] people in 7 southern African countries, gathered in Johannesburg in November 2015 to review grant applications in support of lesbian and transgender groups. The grant proposal peer reviewers spent two days assessing and debating which of the high quality applications they would recommend for funding.

The grant peer review process a step in our grant making process that ensures funding decisions are made in a transparent, accountable, and participatory way that builds the LGBTI community across the region and also builds the strategic leadership of the community.

Watch the video above to hear what some of them thought about the experience.

The final grant allocations in this round of grantmaking will be made at the end of March 2016.

Conversations Joins the Other Foundation africa-icon
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Conversations, an urban networking event for gay and lesbian professionals in Johannesburg and Cape Town, has been integrated into the Other Foundation.

The event provides a space for lesbian women and gay men to meet and grow their professional and social networks, while raising awareness of, and money for, social justice causes. It is held in partnership with different LGBTI-friendly venues in each city each month.

Like our Facebook page to stay informed about upcoming Conversations events and how you can participate.

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Our Trustees africa-icon
Alice-Mogwe

Alice Mogwe

Trustee

Alice is a leading human rights activist in Africa. She is the founder director of Ditshwanelo, the Botswana Centre for Human Rights. She is also a deputy secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the chairperson of the Southern Africa Trust.

She has received several international awards that recognize her contribution to African progress, such as the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite from the Republic of France and the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.

Alice is an active member of the Anglican Church and has been involved in facilitating dialogue on diversity and human rights in the Anglican Church in Kenya, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Ghana, South Africa and India. She holds an LL.M degree in Law, Economy, and Society from the University of Kent.

Shaun-Samuels

Shaun Samuels

Trustee

Shaun is an organizational development, monitoring and evaluation, and project design specialist. He began his professional life in the non-governmental sector and has since been a consultant for more than 18 years for the South African government and many regional and international institutions, such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the United Nations and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

He also works extensively with local and international donors and foundations and with the private sector. He has collaborated with large international consulting agencies. Shaun has been integral to many transformation programmes and processes in government in South Africa during the last 15 years.

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A Million Ones africa-icon
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Nineteen A Million Ones dinners have already raised R419,689 from 280 friends of the Other Foundation. A Million Ones is our community-led campaign to increase social giving in Africa, for the advancement of the human rights, wellbeing, and social inclusion of LGBTI people.

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, and show that there is local support towards equality and freedom for all people, our friends and supporters host special pledging dinners in their homes to sign up to give regular donations to good projects - at no cost to the host.

There are 3 easy steps to host a dinner: sign up, relax, and enjoy! Click here to find out more about hosting an A Million Ones dinner or contact Shekeshe Mokgosi with your preferred date and guest list.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
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Carolina Shields

Office Administrator

Originally from Mozambique, Carol was the events coordinator at the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) and later at the Southern Africa Trust, after having worked at InWEnt, the German international capacity building agency as an administrator.

Having worked in Mozambique, Senegal, and South Africa, Carol speaks English, French and Portuguese. She is currently studying English, French and Mandarin through the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Tendai-Thondhlana

Tendai Thondhlana

Communications Officer

Tendai was the communications officer at African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHER) before joining our team.

Originally from Zimbabwe, he started out at AMSHER as a policy and law intern, gaining a lot of knowledge about the different African policy and legal environments relating to equality and social inclusion of LGBTI people.

He administers several LGBTI social media advocacy groups around the continent. He holds a bachelors of science degree in computer science from the University of Fort Hare.

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Patricia WATSON [South Africa] | Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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