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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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Another Step Closer to Equality and
Freedom for All
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The Other Foundation joins the world in celebrating and commemorating International Women’s Day:
Photo by Jessica Felicio on Unsplash
The Foundation thanks all of you who took the time and made the effort to share with us your ideas about the kind of projects that require funding so as to take our region another step closer to equality and freedom for all. A total of 340 applications were received from 14 countries, requesting approximately ZAR 39 million.

The Foundation has ZAR 9 million to allocate in grants in this round of grant making. All concept proposals received were assessed by an independent panel of peer reviewers in a peer reviewers workshop from 1 – 3 March 2021. Recommended concept proposals will be taken to the second stage of the grant making process, where the board of Trustees will make the final decision about successful proposals to be supported. 

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From 1 – 3 March 2021 a panel of 11 peer reviewers of grant applicants from 7 countries participated in the Peer Reviewers Workshop. The Foundation extends a heartfelt thank you to all these peer reviewers who have continued the tradition of the Foundation’s participatory grant making practice, including one peer reviewer who isn’t profiled because of security concerns in their home country.

For the first time and as a result of the COVID-19 limitations, a reduced number of peer reviewers were identified by the Foundation from a pool of reviewers who have previously participated in the Foundation’s participatory grant making process. This break from the usual practice of selecting peer reviewers through an open call, was to ensure efficient management of the peer review process. The panel continues to reflect the necessary geographic, gender identity, sexual orientation, skills, sectorial and other demographic diversity, that ensured a good mix of different knowledge and perspectives, to inform the process. Peer reviewers are not paid for their time, however the Other Foundation covers all expenses for participation.

Their recommendations will be taken to the Board of Trustees for the final decision on projects to be supported.

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The Other Foundation joined the globe in marking and celebrating Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2021, with the theme of "Together for a better internet". The day called upon all internet users to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.

With an increase of people socializing and spending their time online, it is important that the internet is a welcoming, diverse, safe and integrated space for all kinds of people, including LGBTI people and other minority groups. Much of the day's activities globally played out on social media, with the Foundation showing its support for this cause with this video. The Foundation also joined other African civil society groups, researchers, academics and policy and law experts in a roundtable discussion on gender based violence, convened by Facebook Africa. The roundtable surfaced the ways in which gender based violence in real life is translating to the social media space, and the actions that Facebook is and should be taking to make its platforms safer and better place for all.

Be sure to review the #SaferInternetDay and #SID2021 hashtags to see the discussions that took place around the globe on Safer Internet Day 2021.

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Housing Hope for Queer People in Bulawayo
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Photo by:  Lina Trochez  on Unsplash
The Voice of the Voiceless (VOVO) in Bulawayo has created a safe space for members of the queer community in the city, and stability for itself as an organization through the securing of an office property. The house, which is an office for the organization, is a disability inclusive walk-in centre that offers a wide range of services and activities including wellness and psycho-social support, capacity building, art, a resource centre, documentation and media, movement building and advocacy.

Due to the exclusion and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Zimbabwe from social, religious, public and political spheres, there are limited safe spaces for the community where they are able to freely express themselves, strategize for advocating for their human rights and interrogate the intersectionality of their struggles with other movements. The VOVO hope centre has established itself as a sustainable and accessible safe space for community members, and has also given the Voice of the Voiceless stability as an organisation.

The Other Foundation is proud to have helped create a home for VOVO and the LGBTI community in Bulawayo with a donor advised grant to the amount of ZAR 1,950,000.

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Media: The Right Hand of Equality and Freedom
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Supportive and affirming coverage of the LGBTI community in the media is a crucial ingredient in creating progressive societies that are informed, sensitive to and inclusive of queer people. Now more than ever before, LGBTI individuals are organizing themselves with new groups being established in every country in our region. The ability of these groups to engage with the media will go a long way in in increasing their visibility and promote advocacy for their recognition, inclusion and participation in society.

The Children’s Radio Foundation has developed a LGBTQI+ Media Advocacy Toolkit which covers everything from safety, storytelling and speaking in the media, developing media advocacy strategies, reaching out to communities and tracking success. The toolkit features loads of practical approaches for advocacy on topics relevant to the LGBTI community. The toolkit will increase the capacity of LGBTI radio campaigns, the ability to work collaboratively at a regional scale and to support each other’s radio and strategic communications network.

To support the development of the LGBTI Media Advocacy Toolkit, ZAR 150,000 was granted to the Children’s Radio Foundation by the Other Foundation.

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Yesterday’s Learning, Today’s Action
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Findings from “The Untold Stories of the Closet”, a documentary by Health 4 Men in partnership with the Other Foundation that formed part of the grant project Khulula in 2018, surfaced many issues in the LGBTI community in eSwatini, such as social exclusion and homophobic discrimination in the family. Health 4 Men used these findings to inform its most recent reiteration of the project, Khulula 2, which sought to address these issues and their underlying causes.

In this project, LGBTI victims of hate, stigma and discrimination identified in Khulula received psycho-social support from professional psychologists. To prevent continued discrimination, stigma and hate towards LGBTI persons by the broader community, sensitization trainings of church leaders, and parents and families were conducted to foster better understanding and acceptance of LGBTI people. Throughout its projects and initiatives, Health 4 Men has been successful and instrumental in the opening up of spaces for further engagement, advocacy and research because of its visibility and integration within public health and government networks.

The Other Foundation is proud to have supported the second instalment of the Khulula project with a grant of ZAR 300,000.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
Thandeka Mukuku

Michelle Adams

Finance Manager

Michelle joined our team from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) where she was a management accountant. She previously worked as an accountant for several private companies. She completed her SAIPA professional evaluation examination to be certified as a professional accountant, after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in financial accounting at Stellenbosch University.

Neville Gabriel

Katlego Chibamba

Grantmaking Officer

Katlego is the founder of Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg (GLOR). Most recently he 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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Miguel DE BRITO [Mozambique] | Nalumino LIKWASI [Zambia]
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Xhanti PAYI [South Africa] | Paula SEBASTIAO [Angola] | Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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