The Other Foundation, with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and other donors, in partnership with the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre (one of the longest-standing LGBTI organizations in South Africa) and the Diakonia Council of Churches (a well-established Durban city-based, social justice focused ecumenical council of churches), will organize and host a religion convening, in Durban, South Africa, from 24 to 26 June 2019 on the theme, Breaking through the Backlash: Transformative Encounters between LGBTI People and Churches in Africa. Click here to read more about the convening.
On 18 – 19 September 2017, we convened a gathering of groups working with parents of LGBTI people, to share their works and experiences with regards to equality and social inclusion. Groups from as far as India and China participated along with those from southern Africa, to learn and share their experiences in working with parents as advocates for LGBTI people, as well as to develop new strategies and approaches to ensure effective development of parents and families as public advocates for equality and inclusion. Click here to read more about the convening.
On 13 April 2016, The Other Foundation has convened a working group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) business owners and social entrepreneurs in Cape Town, to establish a national LGBTI Business Network. The network- a South African first – is geared to address the exclusion from scarce employment opportunities, and discrimination in the workplace, of LGBTI people in south Africa. The progress that has been made in our region regarding LGBTI rights, presents an unprecedented opportunity for LGBTI economic empowerment and social acceptance in southern Africa, using the power of business. Click here to learn more about the network.