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Members

The membership consists of young leaders from diverse backgrounds across Africa. With our experience, diverse skills and knowledge, we advance the mission and vision of AQYI. We are youth leaders, young professionals, grassroots activists, artists and above all, human beings passionate about human rights.  We consists of a volunteer network of youth from Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of Mauritius, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mali, South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

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AMANDA BOSCO

Amanda is a youth activist and human rights defender. She is a peer educator for the Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum and is currently a part-time advocacy officer at Transgender Equality Uganda. Amanda is also a civic YALI graduate. She also volunteers with the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the UN women informal reference group on LGBTI issues. 

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Amavi Ayité Sitou (Jean Paul)

Jean Paul is a young self-taught militant who advocates equality for all. He worked from 2013 to 2017 with the Togolese Association for Abandoned Women (ATFA) as Executive Director and Coordinator of all projects focused on HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Health Sexuality, Training/Capacity Building, Art and Culture and Advocacy during these periods when he had to reinvigorate the structure.

Passionate about reading and writing, member of the Yali network, independent consultant in Project Management and motivator in personal development, he is the designer of Global Motivation, a daily motivational platform in personal development. 

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WEEmA Askri

Askri self-identifies as a non-binary person and has been volunteering since a young age. Askri was able to work with several national and international association and is currently working on transitional justice in Tunisia advocating for human rights, gender equality and LGBT+ rights with the aim that one day, people would be able to enjoy freedom and equality without having to leave their country.

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Boye Black

Boye is the founder of The Rustin Times, an online publication aimed at changing the narrative around LGBT persons on the continent. He is an experienced broadcast journalist with vast experience in online media. He is passionate about equality and continues to not only write about LGBT issues but volunteers with organisations dedicated to the fight for equality.

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Mahmoud

Mahmoud is a medical student from Egypt.  He finds his passion through advocating for diversity and inclusion, raising awareness about health issues and being a leader of change in his community. Mahmoud is also a trainer on sexuality and gender. He loves art and music. Mahmoud also practices as a graphic designer.

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Evane Yamamoto

Evane is a non-binary gender fluid activist from the Trans Umbrella whose activism began in April 2014 as a volunteer sexual health worker. After learning how to better advocate while working with the LGBT EVENT Association from 2015 as a volunteer, Evane has since created AREFM – the very first Trans Association. They are sharpening their skills as a Communications Officer at CAS since 2019.

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Dumiso Gatsha

Dumiso is the founder of Success Capital Organisation, an emerging grass-roots, nationally operating young sexual minority led NGO in Botswana. Dumiso has served in multiple civil society roles with focus on HIV Prevention, youth LGBTIQ+ representation, advocacy and research. Dumiso’s experience includes working for PWC, GIZ, Zurich, UNDP and as a national consultant under the regional SOGIR Project.

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Abongile Matyila

Abongile Savuka Matyila finds meaning in the collective spaces that challenge and embrace the queer individual. They are inspired by art and colour, and the vibrancy of the heart that raises the voice of the silenced, the marginalised and the forgotten. Queer politics, being far more pervasive than ordinary, speaks to individuality that exists as part of the diversity of the collective, and so has been part of much work done with local NGO, civil society movements, government officials, academics and regional partners. As a South African born youth, African values have rooted the understanding of the world and the need to find a voice for the people, while theology and philosophy as hints in the scholarly background, have helped understand the voices better. Inspired, energetic and ready to learn, they are currently working on republishing a collaborative piece called Stabanisation: Responding to the Backlash, and are currently researching their Masters in Theology.

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Fokeerbux Najeeb Ahmad

Najeeb is the Founder of Young Queer Alliance (YQA) and has experience working with LGBT youth since 2011. Najeeb previously held positions of responsibility in various organisations such as the Rivière-du-Rempart Youth Centre Advisory Committee, the Youth Action Movement, the Organisation Miss-Roi D’Été, Association VISA-G, Collectif Arc-en-Ciel, We Help You and Jeunesse Militante. Upon recommendation by the Prime Minister’s Office (National AIDS Secretariat), in 2014, Najeeb became a certified trainer for the Pan African Comprehensive Sexuality Education through Save the Children International. In addition, from 2018 to 2019, Najeeb served as Chairperson of the African Queer Youth Initiative; an organisation regrouping young LGBTQI leaders across Africa and was Firm representative of Gay and Bisexual Men as well as Vice-Chair of the Oversight Committee on the Mauritius Country Coordinating Mechanism against HIV.

 

Currently, Najeeb works in the administrative cadre in Mauritian Government as Assistant Permanent Secretary in charge of projects, infrastructure and finance at the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Additionally, Najeeb is a Steering Committee member of MPact – Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights – formerly MSMGF. Recently, Najeeb has been nominated to serve in the Community, Rights and Gender Advisory Group of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Ifeatu Nnaobi

Ifeatu combines digital media and technology to challenge social inequality. She does this through new media projects, including short impact films, mini-documentaries, text, and Video Art. She has an LLB Law with International Relations degree from the University of Sussex and a Masters in International Public Policy from University College London. She is very passionate about LGBT rights and is a Campaigner for All Out.

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Junior Basosila

Junior is an activist, researcher and human rights defender who works on LGBTI, gender and youth issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As Executive Director of the Movement for the Promotion of Respect and Equality of Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he covers a number of LGBTI-related areas  through the research, documentation and advocacy and leadership development.

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Sibo Oliver King

King is a community development advocate with a focus in support of human rights and youth empowerment. He is currently engaged with MOLI as the communication officer and the program officer for Atelier AGACIRO and Action MENYA Plus. King’s relationship with the creative industry is evolving by stepping in as a designer and entrepreneur. He enjoys development related discussions, visual arts, drag arts and travelling.

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Lasavanne Jürgen Soocramanien

Jürgen is a gender studies graduate from the University of Mauritius. He is passionate about human rights with a strong interest in LGBTQIA issues, women rights movements and ethnic minorities. Jürgen is currently serving at the Young Queer Alliance, a youth-led and LGBT organisation. Jürgen has been advocating for LGBTQIA rights at 121st UNHRC session during the fifth periodic review of Mauritius in Geneva. 

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Qwin Fiona Mbabazi Nabagereka

Qwin is  an affirmative Feminist and is passionate
about Human Rights Activism in Uganda. Qwin is also an Alumni of Human Rights Campaign Global Innovators Summit of 2016 and was also part of the team that planned, organized and implemented the 1st Queer Kampala International Film Festival. Qwin also serves as Board Member of Equality Hub, a LBT organization based in Nigeria.

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Mariyem Gamar

Mariyem, is Founder and executive director of Kasbah Tal’fin. She is a Human Rights Activist, focusing strongly on women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and youth empowerment. She’s also a citizen journalist and blogger, writing about issues related to the causes she advocates for. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and is the founder and co-manager of SCTGR Sip a “Coffee and Talk About your Gender Roles” project.

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Shamim Salim

Shamim is a Queer, Muslim, feminist and a human rights activist. Shamim currently works at Church World Service advocating for the rights of LGBTIQ refugees as well as inclusion of LGBTIQ persons in places of worship. She is also a Board Member of UHAI-EASHRI, an indigenous activist fund providing resources to support civil society activism around issues of sexuality, health and human rights in the East African region.

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Orneill Latiyah

A young trans activist-feminist, Latiyah is the founder and Executive Director of Transgenres et Droits a young organisation based in Ivory Coast. She is passionate about human rights, social justice, and transgender legal recognition. She is also a part of different initiatives working to strengthen the work of West African LGBTIQ+ organisations, and the community’s life conditions.

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Youba Dariff

Youba Darif, is a young activist advocating for gender diversity and sexual health and bodily rights and a citizen journalist. He is the vice-executive director of Kasbah Tal’fin organisation Kasbah Tal’fin organization. Youba is a Swedish Institute Leader Lab Program Alumni. Youba has facilitated for more than two years workshops related to sexual health and sexuality in different sittings in his country and abroad. He worked as an investigator on the first needs assessment research about LGBTIQ+ community needs in collaboration with a local organization. He was one

of the young people who actively participated in the Technical Consultation on Youth Leadership in the HIV Response in the MENA Region by UNAIDS, UNDP and the World Health Organization that took place in Sharm El Sheikh/Egypt. The First Regional Youth Network on HIV and SRHR “SIBA” was launched during this consultation and He was elected to be the Head of the Stigma and Discrimination Steering Committee.

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Dongmo Theo

Theo  started his activism journey in the year 2010. Driven by the thirst for justice and concern for establishing respect and gender equality, he participated in the creation of the first associations of lesbian in Cameroon. A trained business administrator. He is one of the founders of the Trans African Forum in West Africa and Cameroon. He organised a National consultation of the Trans * organisations in Cameroon, which formed a network (RITA) and named him, Coordinator.
He is passionate about transformational leadership, changing mentalities, gender equality in his community in Cameroon and throughout West Africa.

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AMUTWENDIZE Rodgers

AMUTWENDIZE is a lawyer by training and human rights activist. He works as Programs Assistant at Human Rights First, Rwanda. Participated in the 65th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul the Gambia, where he raised the concern on the discrimination of LGBTIQ community and attack directed to the LGBTIQ rights activists in Africa. He has worked as a consultant for Rwanda Gender Pride, a Trans led organisation in Rwanda, training them on security measures and rights-based approach. Rodgers also designed an LGBTIQ rights brochure and drafted a position paper on the rights of LGBTIQ community which focused on eliminating stigma for sexual minority groups.  Since 2017, Rodgers has been providing pro bono legal aid services to the LGBTIQ people in Rwanda.

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Clara Shuma

Clara is the Executive Director- TACEF, Steering Committee member at EATHAN, Transgender representative to IBBS – Tanzania, and Barack Obama African Leaders Program 2018 Alumni. She is an activist and human rights defender for transgender, gender non-conforming and sex workers’ rights in Tanzania. Clara was able to work with several national and international association and is currently working on advocating for human rights, health rights, socio-economic empowerment, safety and security, gender equality and LGBT+ rights in Tanzania and East African region, with the aim that one day LGBTIQ+ people will be able to enjoy freedom and equality without having to leave their country.

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Emmanuel Asabre

Emmanuel  is a trained basic education teacher. He is a motivational speaker, an event M.C and a writer. He is currently the guidance and counseling officer in the institution where he has been teaching for the past three years. One of his core philosophies in life is doing your best, being your best and being responsible at all times. As a queer man he seeks to achieve justice for LGBT people on all levels championing the cause against injustice, hate crime and segregation against LGBT people living in Africa, and to provide guidance and counseling on Awareness, Acceptance and taking action to help make the right and informed choices in life.

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Terrence Moyo

Terrence Moyo, is a gay man from Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Rhodes University, South Africa, A PrEP champion, HIV/AIDS and LGBTI+ advocate. He is an MPact fellow, former EPM from the Sexual Rights Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Currently serving as a Key Populations DSD Assistant.

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Rado Nandrasana

Rado  is a trained business manager and administrator, started his activism work in 2015 as communication and technical support manager of the Solidarité MSM network and The Ezaka Association, He served as peer educator MSM at the NGO PSI Madagascar, Supervisor of MSM peer educators at the Association Aide et Soins aux Malades ASM, responsible for monitoring and evaluation of investigators at Médecin du Monde Madagascar. He is currently the Response Technical officer at NGO network Solidarité LGBT and Web animator for an online page intended for LGT at the OG PSI Madagascar.

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Sandra Nafula (Sandy)

Sandy is currently a Medical Data Officer at Access Afya, Kenya with a solid background in health informatics. She has had vast experience working with PEPFAR funded programs on HIV/AIDS care and prevention interventions in Kenya. She has supported research studies into key populations, facilitated focus group discussions and worked on capacity building through training on reporting practices. With a deep passion in data science, Sandy is keen on supporting inclusive leadership and activism which is backed by hard data coupled with intuition. This, she believes, will give rise to new social practices rooted in technology and data, otherwise named ‘‘Data Activism’.

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Nalumino Likwasi (Mino)

Mino is a project management and programming specialist focused on advocacy and service delivery for LGBTIQ+ groups in Zambia. She is the co-founder of Women’s Alliance for Equality (WAFE), the first LBQ led and focused NGO in Zambia and currently works as the City Programme Coordinator under Hivos on the Strong in Diversity, Bold on Inclusion Programme. Mino has previously worked within the local LGBTIQ+ organisations in Zambia, Panos Institute of Southern Africa, the Population Council of Zambia and most recently, Family Health International (FHI360). She currently serves on the board of trustees of The Other Foundation and the management board of Friends of Rainka Zambia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cavendish University in Lusaka and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Masters Degree in Development Studies.  

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Obsé

Obsé is a queer activist and artist from Ethiopia. She is strong believer that art plays a role in society and contributes to the overall development of communities by providing a commentary on the way things are vs. how things should be. In her opinion, art in its essence is a tool to challenge a way of thought by allowing an idea to exist in a space autonomously, regardless of its place in society’s reality. She believes that art-based activism is able to transcend the boundaries of concept and actually reach the realm of practicality. That her work is able to give viability to other queer people and herself. She believes that she can showcase the diversity in self-expression, boosting communication within societies at large, to deliver new ways of understanding the fabric of the communities we exist in, and their interactions with one another.

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Thangeni Potsane

Thangeni is a Public Health and Health Promotion – A rights Based Approach Certified Trainer. He is also a very Qualified Facilitator/ Trainer, who possesses a great deal of Knowledge and Skills in the field of Public Health and LGBTIQ+ issues. Most importantly she is very knowledgeable on Topics such as Sexual Reproductive Health Rights & Wellness (SRHR). Thangeni is a self-starter and has been actively involved with Society for Family Health during their recent IBBS Studies.

Thangeni also uses most of her time Educating young girls on the usage of Sanitary Pads and adolescent hygiene.

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Lix

Lix, young activist and human rights defender living in Burkina Faso. First a peer educator in an association to fight against HIV, he became interested in the fight against social inequalities. Because the health of others makes him happy, his ambition is to facilitate access to this precious good that is “well-being” for all sexual minorities.

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