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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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Abstract Pieces - Photography by Tsoku Maela
Supporting the actions of several civil society organizations and activists, the Other Foundation added its voice to call for the reversal of the reclassification of the acclaimed South African film Inxeba (The Wound), as pornography. The Foundation engaged with the producers of the movie from its production days and hosted screenings of the film before its public release, both at its office and in the amphitheater at South Africa’s national post-apartheid monument in Pretoria, Freedom Park, during its regional gathering of LGBTI activists and allies, kopano Accelerating Change.

In a move seen by many as homophobic censorship, pressure from the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) and the Man and Boy Foundation saw the initial ‘16LS’ rating of the film changed to ‘X18’ by the Tribunal of Appeals of the Film Publication Board (FPB), effectively banning the film from public circulation.

An urgent court application brought by Webber Wentzel on behalf of the film’s producers and distributor to have its controversial X18 rating reversed, was successful. It saw the film’s rating changed to 18, allowing for the film’s temporary return to cinemas.

The film went on to win most of the big awards at the 2018 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).

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The power of the word africa-icon
In our region and many others around the world, there has been an uncomfortable relationship between LGBTI activists and church officials. Beyond the pulpit, much of the churches’ messaging about LGBTI people is communicated through widely-distributed church-based mass media. We invited media practitioners of several churches to reflect on how they report on LGBTI experience, and to explore how church-based media can communicate without causing harm.

Participants from church-based print, radio, and television based in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, whose work has a footprint across southern Africa, reviewed the effect that past approaches have had on the dignity of LGBTI people and their families within the church and in society at large. Discussants in the workshop expressed interest in learning more about the perspective and experience of LGBTI people in the churches and beyond, and identified specific needs for the further development of reporting that is respectful and loving of LGBTI people across southern Africa. These needs will be addressed through programming within the Other Foundation.

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Where the Money Goes africa-icon
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Invisible no longer in Zambia
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The Women’s Alliance For Equality (WAFE) works to lift the voices of lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women in the Zambian LGBTI movement. With support from the Other Foundation, WAFE held community meetings of LBT women in Zambia to develop a strategy that would best be able to support their needs. Through hosting a series of partner meetings WAFE also identified allies and areas of collaboration, and have begun documenting human rights abuses against LBT women in Zambia that will be used in upcoming interventions.

With a grant of ZAR50,000 from the Other Foundation, WAFE has managed to start up its operations and began holding regular meetings to shape change for LBT women in Zambia as a whole, creating an online space where women engage with the issues they face and work together to find solutions.

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Dismantling discrimination in Mozambique
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LAMBDA, Mozambique’s national LGBTI organization, has struggled to get itself officially registered as a civil society association despite operating with remarkable success since 2006 and despite the decriminalisation of homosexual sex in Mozambique. But this could now change following a declaration that exceptions to the right of association on the basis of "moral order", are unconstitutional.

The morality excuse has been the cornerstone of the Mozambican government’s refusal to register Lambda. Mozambique’s ombudsman found that the only acceptable exceptions to the right of association are those established by the national Constitution, namely armed associations of a military or para-military nature, or those which promote violence, racism, xenophobia, or any other aims against the law. The ombudsman found that article 1 of the Law on Associations also violated the equality principle and clause of the Constitution and asked the Constitutional Council of Mozambique to strike down that part of the law – which it has done.

Although this ruling does not directly result in the registration of LAMBDA, it opens the way for LAMBDA to be registered once the Law on Associations is revised.

The Other Foundation has supported LAMBDA’s work with a grant of ZAR500,000 and continues to support ongoing efforts to get LAMBDA registered.

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Grant proposal applications are being accepted now!
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We invite organizations and individuals to apply for grants to advance equality and freedom for homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Click here to apply now. The closing date for grant applications is Friday, 20 April 2018.

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In the Chair africa-icon

Meet our co-chairs: Bella Matambanadzo and Xhanti Phayi were unanimously elected on 21 February 2015. Bella is a journalist and media freedom activist from Zimbabwe, with a strong commitment to amplifying the concerns of women. Xhanti is an economist, policy researcher, media commentator and entrepreneur with a corporate and investment banking background in South Africa.

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Bella Matambanadzo

Isabella is a development specialist from Zimbabwe, with 15 years professional expertise working in 36 African countries. As a print, radio and television journalist she has reported widely on developmental and breaking news stories in and around Africa. She has a strong commitment to amplifying the concerns of women in and through the mainstream and alternative media. She was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. In 2007, Amnesty International named her one of 11 Zimbabwean Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) on the Front Line for her press freedoms activism following her arrest as a trustee of Radio Voice of the People, an NGO providing alternative news views on Zimbabwe.

“We look forward to constructively tackling one of the most thorny issues facing our societies today. We will do so boldly, melding courage with empathy,“ she says.

“Our region has no choice but to make sexual freedoms and liberties amongst the body of human rights that we respect and protect,” she says.

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Xhanti Payi

Xhanti is an economist who now leads research at Nascence Research Insights, an economic policy research institute focused on labour and international trade, especially in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors. He was previously country risk manager at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking, and an economist at Stanlib Asset Managers (focused on research in BRIC countries as well as key African economies such as Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya) and a portfolio analyst at Investec Wealth Management – all based in Johannesburg. Xhanti is a regular columnist for South Africa’s Business Day newspaper and the Daily Maverick, the trendy online news publication. He occasionally hosts radio shows on the Johannesburg-based PowerFM radio station.

Xhanti was attracted to accepting the role of being co-chair because of the part the Other Foundation plays in maintaining, defending and extending hard won human rights both for the LGBTI community and broader society, he says.

“There's work to be done in creating safer communities, for everyone to feel protected and safe from discrimination and violence, and free to be themselves,” he says.

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Taking responsibility for our own freedom africa-icon
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Overseas financial support to advance equality for LGBTI people in Africa 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 LGBTI freedom too. A Million Ones is a community-led initiative to build support for the work of LGBTI activists, 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.

A heartfelt thank you to our most recent A Million Ones dinner host, Jean Makola, for a successful A Million Ones dinner. All of the money received from this dinner will - through our grant making - go towards good projects that protect and advance equality, freedom, and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa.

42 A Million Ones dinners have raised ZAR 921, 555.50 to date. Click here to host your own A Million Ones dinner in just three easy steps.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
Thandeka Mukuku

Thandeka Mukuku

Fundraising and Reporting Officer

Thandeka founded the queer activist group Thanda Afrika that raises human rights awareness through the performing arts. She previously worked as a convenings associate in Zimbabwe for TrustAfrica, and as an assistant gender programme officer at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). Thandeka has volunteered at several international events including the 2016 International AIDS Conference, and as a peer reviewer in the Other Foundation's grant making process.

Samuel Shapiro

Samuel Shapiro

Research Coordinator

Samuel is the former national organizer of Equal Education, the social justice campaign for equitable and good quality education in South Africa. He was previously Equal Education’s senior researcher. Samuel has worked across all parts of South Africa to establish community structures and train activists for campaigning, backed by a strong focus on building a body of data and evidence.

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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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