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SEXUAL DIVERSITY & RIGHTS | Hlanganisa Community Fund for Social and Gender Justice Southern Africa


The Sexual Diversity & Rights (SDR) programme was established with the objective of contributing to the protection of the rights of sexual minority groups. The programme is committed to a society in which the broader community is well informed about sexual orientation and varying gender identity and accepting of gender and sexual diverse people.  Its main objective is to “create larger opportunities for sexual minorities in Southern Africa to enjoy the freedom to live their lives in their own way and to be accepted by and have full participation in society”. Our key thematic areas include: sexual health and rights, advocacy for rights and policy change, amplifying civic voices and public participation, knowledge development and exchange, safety and security, movement building and collaborative efforts. Through strategic grant making, capacity building and movement building, the SDR programme has been able to advocate for the rights and safety of gender non-conforming individuals in South Africa and beyond.




The Peoples Power project is a European Union funded initiative aimed at fostering the participation of Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) into the national LGBTI movement through provision of small grants and capacity building to CBO’s and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) that address LGBTIQ focussed human rights violations, access to justice, and gender-based violence issues throughout the country.

The objectives of the project are the full realising, protecting and entrenching the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) People in South Africa. The People’s Power project has sub granted 15 CBOs engaged in advocating for LGBTI rights across the nine provinces since 2016. The project has also successfully built a network of activists, community-based organisations, community formations, faith-based organisations as well as national level organisations to advocate for the inclusion of individuals identifying as LGBTI.