Author: aqyi

BI Week Article 2021 – Paradise Island scarred by Colonialism

by Fokeerbux Najeeb Ahmad As a postcard vacation spot with its clear skies and tranquil seas, the white sandy beaches, the lush green sugarcane fields, the tall palm and coconut trees and the splendid forest reserves; Mauritius is a prized tourist destination for many. The island of roughly 1.3 million inhabitants to the west of…
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Pride 2021 Article

June, the month of pride!  In the middle of June, we are the month of pride, a month with a special meaning for us as a community and activists. I’m one of those people for whom activism focuses on positive things, celebrating our victories, stories, successes, and loves whenever I can. Not everything is rosy,…
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‘Brave and hopeful’ LGBT+ Rwandans prepare for their first Pride

LGBT+ Rwandans say they are often fired, evicted, labelled as satanic, or ostracised by family and friends if they come out, with violent threats forcing some to flee the country By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, June 29 (Openly) – With football and fashion, Rwanda’s LGBT+ activists are planning their first Pride celebration after years of struggling…
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by Diane Audrey Coulibaly (AQYI Fellow). I am Diane Audrey Coulibaly, an independent LBTQ activist from Côte d’Ivoire and a recipient of AQYI’s Mawulisa grant. Africa is undergoing a “cultural decolonization” in the sense that strong actions are being taken more and more by modern societies to counteract ancestral traditions that bathe women in misogyny.…
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Cultivating a Culture of Consent #16DaysOfActivism

  You can download the pdf version of this Blogpost in English and in French. Cultivating a culture of consent Cultivating a culture of consent French Version              

African Queer Youth Initiative: MawuLisa Fellowship Program 2020/2021 (Up to $5000 Support)

Deadline: 9th November 2020 ABOUT THE MAWULISA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM The MawuLisa Fellowship Program is a project of the African Queer Youth Initiative designed to support emerging and mid-career LBTQ women activists between ages 18 – 35 in select West African countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria) to design and implement projects that…
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African Queer Youth Initiative: Call for Interns

Deadline: 14th August 2020 Location: Remote The African Queer Youth Initiative (AQYI) offers an opportunity for a six-month internship to young people (minimum age of 18 years) who wish to broaden their knowledge and experience on LGBTIQ+ rights in Africa, Human Rights, Programme Development, Advocacy, and Communication. We welcome applications from folks with a passion or…
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My pride is African, Queer and Inclusive/Ma fierté est africaine, queer et inclusive

Français ci-dessous A bad seed that looks like a good child or a good child that looks like a bad seed? Does it even matter? Life is not perfect and being whole from mind to body, is all that really matters. In all its characteristics, Africa continuously searches for what to believe in. In its…
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African Queer Youth Initiative is Hiring: Program Officer

Job Title: Program Officer Supervisor: Program Manager Location: Remote (West Africa) Position: Full Time (one-year contract with opportunity for extension) Closing Date: July 3, 2020 The AQYI is expanding and we are in the process of launching an exciting leadership development program for young LBTQ women in West Africa. We are looking for enthusiasm and…
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Free to be Me: Breaking The Silence

“Hello. Good evening”, I say into the phone. “Hello ma”, the person at the other end says. “Not ma. I’m male”, I reply calmly. “Ooh. I’m sorry. I thought you were female. Your voice is so light”, the person says. “Oooh”. I reply, awkwardly. “So, sir, what do you wish for tonight”? The voice asks………
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