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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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Mothers in the Churches Stand
with their LGBTI Children
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Church women who are mothers of LGBTI people, have shown their strength and unity in the face of the spike in violence towards black lesbians in the townships of South Africa, by holding several public events to support each other and to take a stand against violence.

Two parents’ groups, Mother of Prayer and Parents, Families and Friends of South African Queers (PFSAQ), visited Kroonstad in the Free State, to give support to the family of, Nonki Matisetso Smous, a lesbian woman who was murdered then burnt beyond recognition. Dressed in full church attire, they laid flowers at the site where Nonki’s body was discovered. Another group of church women, Dorcas Women in Action, met with the Station Commander of Naledi Police Station, following the brutal murder of Lerato Moloi, a lesbian woman who was raped and then stoned to death.

Support for groups of parents and families of LGBTI people such as these to become public advocacy champions of freedom and equality is a key part of the Other Foundation’s strategy. To this effect, an international gathering of parent’s groups was convened by the Other Foundation on 18 – 19 September 2017. Learn more about the convening by clicking here

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Fast Forward at
kopano Accelerating Change
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kopano Accelerating Change, a gathering of groups that are working to advance LGBTI equality, social inclusion, and wellbeing in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, was convened at the end of November 2017 to find ways to speed up change to make freedom a lived reality for LGBTI people in southern Africa.

More than 200 activists from 13 African countries voluntarily participated in kopano. Click here to watch the key discussions at kopano, including plenaries, and here to hear the outcomes of the working group discussions.

In evaluation feedback that was gathered, 72% of the discussants rated the overall value of the gathering to be ‘excellent’ and 28% as ‘good’. The extent to which kopano enabled activists to develop new perspective was rated ‘excellent’ by 56% and ‘good’ by 44% of discussants. 69% rated the attitude and quality of work of the Other Foundation’s team to be excellent and 25% rated it as good.

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quote-left Thank you for allowing me to be part of kopano
and showing me so much love, till today.
- Paula Sebastião, Angola

I greatly appreciate the inclusiveness in your spaces.
- McLean Kabwe, Zambia

The experience was so enlightening. I learnt a lot.
- Diana Katu, Zimbabwe

Although kopano was intense, I feel its impact is eternal as every great tattooing experience should be. This is because both people and issues were seen and heard. It is also because, though the space was safe, respectful and guarded, it was also brutally candid, simplified and uncensored. It was for ordinary people. It was for us.
- David Ikpo, South Africa
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Facebook Partners with Us! africa-icon
Approached by Facebook to work together to improve the safety of LGBTI people, we co-convened a gathering of leading activist groups about online safety for the LGBTIQ community at Facebook’s Africa regional office in Johannesburg. It was a rare opportunity for LGBTQ people to engage Facebook about issues affecting sexual minorities in Africa.

Representatives from many different LGBTI groups took up the opportunity to challenge and urge Facebook to interact more directly with marginalised communities in Africa to be able to understand the continent’s contexts and challenges, especially because, as one activist said, “the online world is affecting the offline world”.

The Other Foundation has more than 122,000 Facebook followers from across southern Africa and beyond.

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Where the Money Goes africa-icon
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Giving Grants to Lesbian and Transgender Groups
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In 2017, the Other Foundation gave 111 grants to 91 organizations across southern Africa, amounting to about R13.5 million. Our fifth round of grant-making in August this year was a special call for proposals that focus on transgender and lesbian people, especially those led by lesbian and transgender people.

The Other Foundation sought the expertise of self-identifying lesbian and transgender people, and other LGBTI people and allies, to review the grant applications we received and make recommendations to our trustees about which projects to fund. 13 peer reviewers made their recommendations from 155 grant applications in this call, received from Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Click here to find out more about our grant proposal peer reviewers and to view feedback from some of them about their experiences as peer reviewers.

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Movement in the Churches
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As a result of intensive work by women’s groups that include mothers of LGBTI people, supported by the Other Foundation, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) adopted a new resolution denouncing gender based violence, including violence against lesbian women.

Our work with several church-based groups culminated in a convening in Pietermaritzburg from 4 – 6 October 2017 that was hosted by the Ujamaa Centre and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Religion. The gathering of a large number church-based LGBTI activists and allies started work to develop guidelines for church ministers about the minimum standards for the pastoral care of LGBTI people.

We supported several other LGBTI-focused church convenings this year, in Botswana with the Botswana Council of Churches and in Malawi with the Malawi Christian Council, as well as with UNISA’s Department of Theology, all working towards new theological and pastoral perspectives within the churches to reduce harm towards LGBTI people as a result of religious doctrine and practices.

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quote-left It feels like the foundation is an inclusive home
and platform. It doesn’t speak at people. 
- Luiz De Barros, Mambaonline
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Launch of PLUS Business Network and
“The Pink Rand” Publication
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“LGBTI people bear the brunt of economic exclusion. Here we are talking about the intersectionality between race, gender, and class. You could not find people that are more discriminated against, than the LGBTI community”

Powerful words by Bonang Mohale, chief executive officer of Business Leadership South Africa, former chairperson of Shell South Africa, and champion of PLUS, the LGBTI+ Business Network – at the launch of PLUS at the Norton Rose Fulbright offices in Sandton, Johannesburg in May 2017. Incubated by the Other Foundation, the network is Africa’s first LGBTI business network and is aimed at the economic empowerment of LGBTI people. Click here to watch the short speech by Bonang Mohale.

To make the case for the inclusion of LGBTI people by businesses in the workplace as well as in supply chains and markets, the Other Foundation published “The Pink Rand” for PLUS the LGBTI+ Business Network. It sets outs a framework to estimate the spending power of LGBTI people. Click here to download a copy of The Pink Rand.

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A Million Ones africa-icon
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Thank you, Sello Nzama, for hosting a successful A Million Ones dinner in Johannesburg recently. ZAR10,300 was raised to support projects around southern Africa to advance equality and freedom for LGBTI people.

A Million Ones is a community support campaign in which friends and supporters of the Other Foundation host personal, intimate and special pledging dinners in their homes, with our support, and get their friends to sign-up to give regular donations to good projects.

44 A Million Ones dinners have been held, raising ZAR430,865.50 from 662 friends and supporters of our foundation. Signing-up takes just three steps – starting with an email to let us know about your interest in hosting a dinner. Sign-up today.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
Julai-Shields

Bokang Maroba

Office Assistant

Bokang is trained in business management and has been involved in the Matrix Support Group in Lesotho for many years, serving as its youth, arts, and advocacy programme manager and as its treasurer. Most recently, Bokang worked as a finance administrator at Iranti-Org before joining our team.

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Mariam Armisen

Head of Programmes

We are sad to announce the departure from our team of Mariam Armisen, who was the Foundation’s head of programmes since June 2017. We wish to thank Mariam for the expertise and critical consciousness that she brought to our team, which has helped to shape the Foundation’s strategic thinking, as well as for the great work that she did especially in the 2017 round of grant making to support lesbian and transgender groups.

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The Other Foundation is grateful for the support it has received from:
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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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