Countries

Zambia

About the Collective

Women are continuously violated and the justifications are the cultural and religious norms which Zambia uses as the moral rule. This has resulted in a state where women do not hold any autonomy over their bodies.

Therefore; the work focused on movement building among the target groups and consciousness raising of the issues and root causes among the Masakhane collective in Zambia, grounded on intersectionality and formed by lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, female sex workers, women advocates for safe abortion services, young feminists and women living with HIV.

 

Zambia Masakhane Project Collective

Women’s Alliance for Equality (WAFE)

TransBantu

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Botswana

About the Collective

In Botswana, Masakhane has been successful in creating a safe space for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transwomen and queer folks to strengthen their consciousness, analyses, advocacy skills, socio-ecomic efforts thus strengthen their collective organising power and solidarity building work. The Collective has been part of cross national campaigns against gender based violence and breast cancer awareness to ensure that these initiatives are inclusive of queer folks.

 

Health Empowerment Rights (HER)

Higher Heights For Girls 

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO)

Mozambique

About the Collective

Driven by the underrepresentation of LBTQ women from African Portuguese speaking countries, Feminist Brunch felt this as concern, and when the opportunity to get funds to produce and gather stories and knowledge that would also represent our queer sisters from Angola- who contributed to process.

 

Matabicho Feminista (Feminist Brunch)

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Eswatini

About the Collective

At the core of the Eswatini Queer Women’s Collective was a base-line needs assessment documenting personal and security issues that LBQ women in Eswatini face. This point of entry enabled the collective to determine the needs of LBQ women, the issues they face and to make recommendations to local LGBTI organisations as well as LBQ women in Eswatini to address, inform and mitigate their challenges based on their lived realities. The security issues included vulnerabilities to sexual violations, exclusion from family and other societal spheres.

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Zimbabwe

About the Collective

Collective organising remains the cornerstone of LBQ women and Sex worker programming in the current Zimbabwe context. Building from Phase 1, the Collective’s work expanded their reach from two cities; Harare and Bulawayo to include Mutare and Masvingo as a way to build more capacities, build solidarity and extend their political work. It was important to create space for unpacking the various traumas that hindered the progression of individuals in their personal and shared community life.

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Lesotho

About the Collective

Lesotho Masakhane collective is made up of representatives from various women centered social initiatives; LBQ women, sex workers, women living with HIV, feminists. The work entailed engaging with partners in other sectors; women living with disabilities, Gender Based Violence (GBV) advocates and stakeholders who work on mental health issues.

Publications

Lesotho Media

Baseline Report

Baseline Research Report: Mental Health Lesotho has been very turbulent with her politic al framework for decades from nationalist regimes to congress of corruption being …

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