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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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The big reach to public opinion africa-icon
Our analysis of spaces for LGBTI activism across southern Africa published as Canaries in the Coal Mines showed that a sympathetic mass media is a key factor to win equality and social inclusion for homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people.

The Other Foundation therefore works with mass media platforms to amplify the voice and visibility of LGBTI people in a positive way that facilitates social change. We established strategic partnerships with two of the most influential newspapers in South Africa, the Mail & Guardian and City Press and with Journal Ikweli in Mozambique. We also supported new initiatives to equip journalists to report on LGBTI issues in an informed and nuanced way, for example, through the Centre for Solutions Journalism in Malawi and the National Association of Freelance Journalists in Zimbabwe.

We believe that these media partnerships are already enabling deeper and faster change in public opinion in support of LGBTI people in several parts of our region.

Recognizing that positive media messaging needs to reach people even in countries where the mass media is not yet supportive, we established a strategic partnership with Facebook to insert LGBTI voices in its consultations with the South African public and recently helped mark Facebook’s inaugural NGO Day in South Africa. With a Facebook following of more than 125,000 people, the Other Foundation has the largest Facebook reach amongst African social justice organizations. Join our Facebook community today.

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Africa’s literary revolution against
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The Jacana Literary Foundation and the Other Foundation commemorated Africa Day by celebrating some of the continent’s best written and photographic commentators on gender, sexuality, and social justice, at an event held at Exclusive Books Hyde Park in Johannesburg. Congratulations to the winner of the Foundation’s 2018 Gerald Kraak Prize, Pwaangulongii Dauod for his essay Africa’s future has no space for stupid black men.

Daoud is the second recipient of the prize, first launched in 2016 in honour of passionate champion for social justice and anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956–2014), who was a founding figure of the Other Foundation. In addition, three other entries - Tshepiso Mabula’s Human settlements, Sarah Lubala’s Portraits of a girl at the border, and Kiprop Kimutai’s The man at the bridge – received special commendations from prize judges Sisonke Msimang, Sylvia Tamale and Mark Gevisser.

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As You Like It comprises 22 shortlisted entries from over 400 submissions received from 13 African countries. Buy your copy online at Exclusive Books.

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Recognizing our existence is not a crime
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Image courtesy Mail&Guardian / David Harrison
Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) and Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) have fought against discrimination and violence for many years, facing heavy resistance from their national governments. However, recent developments in both countries have been encouraging.

For the first time Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu-PF responded positively to a request by GALZ for a meeting in the run-up to the recent Zimbabwe elections. This was seen as “encouraging” by director of GALZ, Chester Samba. “The party pledged to take up the issues with their leadership and revert to us with a formal response to the issues that we discussed,” he said. LGBTI groups from across the country subsequently held a media conference to declare their joint position about the national elections and engagement with the government.

In Botswana on 16 March 2016, a full bench of the Court of Appeal of Botswana upheld the decision of the High Court and ordered the Botswana government to register LEGABIBO, which is now involved in court action to decriminalize same-sex sexual activity in the country.

Since 2015, our foundation has proudly supported the work of LEGABIBO and GALZ with core support grants.

Similar progress is happening in Mozambique through the national LGBTI organization LAMBDA, where same-sex sexual activity has been decriminalized and LAMBDA is on a steady path to becoming officially registered; and in Angola through the recently registered LGBTI association Iris Angola – both with support from the Other Foundation.

Through several initiatives, the Other Foundation is also supporting civil society participation in a national review of homophobic laws in Malawi.

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A plus for LGBTI economic empowerment
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After we initiated and incubated it, PLUS – the LGBTI+ Business Network is now fully registered and will soon begin to operate independently of our foundation. And results of the inaugural South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI), a project of the South African LGBT Forum which is funded by the Other Foundation, will be released following South Africa’s first national LGBTI business summit.

PLUS is Africa’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex business network, geared towards the economic empowerment of LGBTI people. Click here to find out more about PLUS and to register your business, as well as to participate in the first national LGBTI business summit to be held in Johannesburg on 11 September 2018.

For the first time in South Africa and the region, levels of LGBTI equality and inclusion will be benchmarked amongst big businesses, with the inaugural South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI). Click here to find out more about the Forum, and the framework of the index.

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Peers recommend #wherethemoneygoes
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Our first grant application review process of 2018 has been completed, with 42 concept proposals worth ZAR3,210,000 recommended for grant allocations by 13 peers of grant applicants from our region.

Seventy-three people from 12 southern African countries applied to be peer reviewers. After a gruelling two day process, the 13 selected peer reviewers had to make decisions about which concept proposals were recommended for grant support. Peer reviewers had to use all their faculties and experience to jointly identify the best LGBTI initiatives in our region given the unique dynamics of race, poverty and inequality, sex, national origin, heritage, and politics at this time in our part of the world. With a total of ZAR30 927 434 requested by 225 grant applicants, it was no small feat.

The recommended proposals have been developed into full proposals by their respective applicants and have been presented to our board of trustees for final decisions about grant allocations.

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Meet our new trustees africa-icon
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Paula Sebastião

Paula was part of the establishment of Íris Angola, the first LGBTI organization in Angola. She subsequently co-founded Arquivo de Identidade Angolano (the Angolan Identity Archive) and a safe house for lesbian and transgender women in Luanda. Paula is affiliated with Ondjango Feminista, the autonomous feminist collective in Angola. Paula is a technical advisor to the Linkages Project in Angola, working to overcome stigma and discrimination in the provision of health services, and holds a Masters degree in international law (specializing in human rights) from the University of Lisbon.

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Nalumino Likwasi

Mino is a project management and programming specialist focused on advocacy and service delivery for sexual minority groups in Zambia. She is the co-founder of the Women’s Alliance for Equality and currently works as a program officer for Family Health International (FHI360). Mino previously worked at Friends of Rainka, the Lotus Identity, the Panos Institute of Southern Africa, and the Population Council of Zambia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in project management from Cavendish University in Lusaka.

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An A Million Ones dinner was recently held at Oxford University in Britain, with African students at the prestigious institution. ZAR32,000.00 was raised, to be given out in our grant making.

Thanks to matching grants, what we raise is often matched by our back donors, multiplying the amount available from each dinner. Congratulations to one such donor and friend of our foundation, Ise Bosch, on receiving the highest accolade in German philanthropy, the Deutscher Stifterpreis (German Philanthropy Award) for her commitment to human rights. In addition Ise has published a book titled Giving with Trust – Transformative Philanthropy that will be launched in South Africa with the Other Foundation in September 2018. The book addresses the power imbalance between donors and the groups that they support. The Other Foundation’s story is included in the book.

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Ise to our office in Johannesburg and got to thank her in person for her continued support to our foundation.

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Click here to learn more about our A Million Ones social giving campaign.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
Thandeka Mukuku

Virginia Magwaza

Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

At the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, Virginia was the programme manager for LGBTI human rights. She previously worked as a project coordinator for the global federation of public sector trade unions, Public Services International, and as a programme manager for Norwegian People’s Aid. She was also a campaigns manager for the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) and the executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from WITS university and is studying for a law degree.

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Katlego Chibamba

Grant Making Coordinator

Katlego is the founder of Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg (GLOR). He previously worked as a project assistant for the HIV/AIDS curriculum integration project of the Higher Education AIDS initiative at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. Katlego also produced and presented a radio show for the UNISA radio station, in addition to working as an assistant student counsellor.

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IT1087/2013G | 168-094NPO
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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