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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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Renewed Leadership for the Foundation africa-icon
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The Other Foundation is happy to announce the election of Rosie Motene and Danilo da Silva as the new co-chairpersons of the Foundation. Rosie is a queer feminist author, gender activist, speaker, counsellor, life coach and pan-African entertainment manager. Danilo is an acclaimed advocate for LGBTI people in Mozambique, Africa and globally. Danilo was the founding executive director of LAMBDA in Mozambique.

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At the same time, we applaud Bella Matambanadzo and Xhanti Payi who have been the co-chairpersons of the Foundation since 2015, as they retire from the board of trustees of the Foundation. Bella and Xhanti, your excellent leadership has enabled the Foundation to grow, be resilient, and remain always relevant and creative. We will forever be grateful for your outstanding legacy of leadership. Continued success in your new chapters!

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Registration for kopano Rollbacks,
Resilience, Reinvention Will Close Soon
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We’ve received more than 450 registrations since it opened on 25 March – but kopano 2022 can only take 200 people. It unfortunately looks like we will have to close registrations before the 13 April deadline that was previously given. Be sure to register today. Click on the link below to find out more, register, and apply for a scholarship to participate.

kopano – Rollbacks, Resilience and Reinvention,
 
recognizes the rollbacks experienced in our organizing and advocacy, celebrates and builds on our resilience, and explores how to reinvent our movements to make freedom a reality for all in southern Africa.


There are four ways to participate. Click here to find out more and register.

Registration and scholarship applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Poderemos processar a sua aplicação mais rapidamente se for submetida em inglês. No entanto, também pode enviar-nos em português ou francês.
Nous pourrons traiter votre candidature plus rapidement si elle est rédigée en anglais. Cependant, vous pouvez également soumettre votre candidature en portugais ou en français.
We will be able to process your application more quickly if it is written in English. However, you can submit your application in Portuguese or French as well.

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Road to kopano 2022: National Convenings
on Organising and Advocacy in the Context
of COVID-19
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The momentum of LGBTI activism in the region that yielded significant progress towards equality, freedom and social inclusion in previous years stalled due to COVID-19 restriction of conventional advocacy activities. Six national consultative meetings were held to regroup, re-energize and re-strategize practical advocacy activities in a post-COVID-19 context.

With the support of the Danish government, the Other Foundation partners with national lead partner organisations to hold national convenings of LGBTI and ally groups in Botswana, eSwatini, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, and South Africa in November and December 2021. The gatherings intended to review the state of LGBTI organising and advocacy after two years of restriction, and reinvigorate joined-up public advocacy actions by LGBTI groups.


The groups then came together in a regional dialogue to identify the main regional trends and consolidate the outcomes of the national discussions, so as to inform the shape and process for kopano 2022.

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Unlocking Economic Participation africa-icon
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The 4th LGBTI Business Summit was held in Johannesburg on 27 January 2022, hosted by PLUS, the LGBTI+ Business Network in South Africa. Small and medium-sized LGBTI-owned business owners came together to network with representatives of major local and global companies. For the first time, the summit had participation from several other countries in the southern Africa region, demonstrating more focused work on economic empowerment of LGBTI people by groups across the region.

The theme for the summit was ‘Capitalizing Corporate Supply Chain and Supplier Development Programmes to Scale up your Business’. The summit has grown steadily from its launch in 2018, where PLUS the LGBTI+ Business Network, made a strong case for the economic inclusion of LGBTI people. Since then, the summit has put in place some practical building blocks for greater economic participation by LGBTI people. It has also looked at addressing the challenges faced by LGBTI people in elevating their businesses. This 2022 summit spread its reach with satellite venues in eSwatini and Zimbabwe, to capacitate and empower LGBTI business owners in those countries. The summit aims to increase the participation of LGBTI owned businesses in corporate supply chains and enterprise development programmes across southern Africa.



PLUS the LGBTI+ Business Network, is the first chamber of commerce for LGBTI people in Africa and was established as an initiative of the Other Foundation.

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Where the Money Goes africa-icon
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Building Broad Alliances in Botswana
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Photo of the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on Mambaonline
Working in teams and collaborating with others reduces the burden of work and amplifies its impact. Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) supports the effective participation and inclusion of the Botswana LGBTIQ community in the ongoing Botswana constitutional review process through a project called ‘Moroto wa e e esi ga o ele’. It builds alliances with religious, traditional, cultural, and political leaders and communities.

Targeted at influential members of the community such as legislators, parents, and others, the project’s LGBTIQ inclusive messaging is paving the way for calls for an LGBTIQ-sensitive constitution. The implementation of this project resulted in an unprecedented outcome when the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi invited representatives of LEGABIBO and other LGBTIQ leaders to his office on 26 January 2022. He reassured them that he would respect a recent court of appeal decision that decriminalized same-sex sexual practices and protected their rights. Aired on Botswana television and Facebook, a public meeting between a sitting president and an LGBTIQ group was unheard of in southern Africa. The meeting marked a significant turnaround in Botswana, in stark contrast with the need for LEGABIBO to turn to the courts to turn around the government’s refusal to register it.

The Other Foundation is proud to support LEGABIBO’s ongoing work, most recently with a grant to this project of ZAR200,000.

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Expanding Inclusion In Church Communities
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Christianity has a huge influence in southern African societies, informing the social, moral and even penal codes in many countries in our region. The church can be a site of pain and rejection of queer people, but more churches have become inclusive of LGBTI congregants in recent times. What practices can be learnt from these inclusive churches and emulated elsewhere?

The Unit for Religion and Development Research (URDR) at Stellenbosch University investigated this to identify and document good practices amongst local churches in three denominations in Cape Town, South Africa. URDR specializes in critically analyzing the complex relations between harmful religious beliefs and gender and sexuality. In partnership with Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) and local church congregations, workshops provided a unique engagement about sexual diversity by bringing together people from across the sexuality and gender spectrum, and church communities, towards greater inclusion of LGBTI church members and their parents and families.

The Other Foundation supported the project with a grant of ZAR50,000.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
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Michelle Adams 

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.

madams@theotherfoundation.org

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Thandeka Mukuku

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

tmukuku@theotherfoundation.org

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T1087/2013G | 168-094NPO | PBO930056168
Nalumino LIKWASI [Zambia] | Rosie MOTENE [South Africa] | Alan MSOSA [Malawi] | Paula SEBASTIAO [Angola]
Danilo DA SILVA [Mozambique] | Caine YOUNGMAN [Botswana] | Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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