Category: Blog

We are looking for our next cohort of MawuLisa fellows

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021. We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for our Mawulisa Fellowship program. The program aims to enhance and strengthen the capacity of young and emerging LGBT+ women activists and organizations to design and implement practical projects that seek to address issues facing their communities. Through training and…
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Join Our Virtual Campaign to Protect LGBT+ Women

Just recently, in Nigeria, a young lesbian woman was beaten by her family, and before that, Trans women were beaten and humiliated in Benin. Across West Africa we have seen a wave of violence against women from the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer) community. Every year, violence against LGBT+ women is ignored. We…
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Come Work With Us!

Our team is steadily growing. We are a dynamic group of motivated, dedicated, and resourceful young people across Africa working to advance LGBT+ youths’ rights in the continent. We offer an innovative approach to work, and our team is made up of dedicated people who passionately believe in our principles and values. Working with us…
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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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by Diane Audrey Coulibaly (AQYI Fellow). I am Diane Audrey Coulibaly, an independent LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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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