Help us defend and protect the rights of LGBT

by LGBT Voice of Tanzania
Help us defend and protect the rights of LGBT

I`m excited to bring to you this report, thanks to all of you for your continued support that made it possible for LGBT Voice to continue running throughout 2022.

 LGBT rights violations

Even though the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania has enshrined the principle of equality, inequality remains a reality and a significant social and a human rights challenge in Tanzania. LGBT+ people still do not have a right to quality life, safety, and equality before the law because the law enforcers are the ones violating LGBT+ rights directly by arbitrary arresting, detaining and torturing LGBT+ people

Our projects:

We are thrilled by the widespread support we received last year, a sum of $6,403.11 was raised. Thank very much for your continued support.

The funds raised was spent to implement a number of activates including

  1. Payment of office rent   
  2. Cover legal fees (48 LGBT+ people were direct legal support).
  3.  Finalize our project named Ending violence based on SOGI
  4. Provide a safe shelter to 6 LGBT+ youth
  5. Started a data training project to equip 33 activists with data skills

LGBT Voice Tanzania intends to remain active this year especially in the area of advocacy and providing free legal services to LGBT+ individuals. Our trained data experts will work together with our local coordinators and providing available resources so that they can effectively help in solving the most pressing challenges and needs of the LGBT+ community to bring real change and lasting impact.

Current needs:

1. Organizational running expenses:

Office space for 12 month $4000

Utility bills for 12 month $1,500

Internet and communication for 12 months $1,800

2. Project expenses 

Legal fees (lawyer) for 12 months $12,000

Data advocacy project $6,000

Emergency $3,000

Bank charges and wire fees $325

Special Appeal

Due to the fact that LGBT Voice Tanzania doesn’t have any strategic partner, we only depend on voluntary donations made on online and in most cases we do not reach our fundraising goal for every month.  Kindly help us raise $28,625 so that we can be able to work confidently and effectively through this year 2023.

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We are excited to bring to you these updates, thanks to all of you for your continued support that made it possible for LGBT Voice to continue running.

Current political situation

Yesterday the Mister for information and communication made a statement that indicates a new crack down on LGBT+ community with threats of taking legal action against anyone who posts or shares contents that promote homosexuality on social media, and this reminds that the Crackdown on LGBT+ is not over but taking a new shape. Due to this obstacle we are forced to reduce the use of social media especially sharing of photos to avoid harassment by law enforcers.

The LGBT+ community in Tanzania continually faces significant challenges especially interacting with the law enforcers. Because homosexuality is criminalized, the law enforcers harass and demean LGBT people with impunity.

Without justice, there is no diversity because marginalized folks won't feel safe, and without justice there is no sense of inclusion because marginalized folks won't feel valued.

Our projects:

Our volunteers and lawyers on the ground are working hard to ensure there is no LGBT+ person who will suffer violence based on sex orientation and gender identity, including physical and sexual abuse which is widely used to intimidate, oppress, silence and subjugate LGBT+ people across the country.

We have also partnered with data experts and introduced a new project called Data and Advocacy Programme: The project will have two phases;

  1. From September 1, 2022 - December 15, 2022;  Our Data expert will  be equipping our 33 identified advocates (activists) with data skills through in-person training in data collection, analysis, visualization and storytelling.
  2. The implementation of Data and Advocacy Project will commence January 10, 2023- December 31, 2023. During this period our  Data experts  will be providing support to 33 trained LGBT+ rights activists to harness the power of data to forge real change and lasting impact;

The implementation strategy and plan will be shared in the January report and updates via emails.

Current needs:

1. Organizational running expenses:

a) Office space rent from September 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022.

@ $350 x 4 months = $1,400

b) Water and electricity bills October 31, 2022 -December 31,2022.

@ $120 x 3 months = $360

d) Telephone and internet from September 30, 2022- December 31, 2022

@ $ 150 x 3 months =$450

e) Legal fees (lawyer) from September 30,222- December 31, 2022

@ $1,000 x3 months = $3,000

Bank charges and wire fees $105

Special Appeal

Due to the fact that LGBT Voice Tanzania doesn’t have any strategic partner, we only depend on your online donations and in most cases we do not reach our fundraising goal for every month.  We only raised $750 in the last 2 months.

Kindly help us raise $5,210 so that we can be able to work confidently and effectively through December 2022.

Thanks for your continued support.

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We are thrilled by the widespread support we received through April, Each contribution is making a big difference in the lives of LGBT we serve countrywide.

As stated in previous communication and reports our organization has become more active in the area of advocacy and providing free legal services to LGBT+ individuals in need , this is due to the increase of incidences of violence against LGBT+ countrywide. The eviction of Gay men,  arbitrary arrest and dentition of  Gay and Transgender women and also an increase in social violence where LGBT+ people are attacked and beaten. Honestly security threats are highly increasing.

Due to the worsening of the situation, we decided to increase our investment in the legal area by hiring one full time lawyer/Attorney   and 3others who work on part time because this is the most need service at the moment and that makes our legal budget alone to raise up to $19,000/= for the year 2022.

Our organization is working direct with local coordinators in 23 regions in Tanzania mainland by providing available local resources so that they can effectively help in solving the most pressing challenges and needs of the LGBT+ community in their areas. At the same time our full time lawyer with the help of the three part time lawyers are working hard to ensure that all LGBT+ individual are protected by the law and implementation our project named ENDING VIOLENCE BASED ON SEX ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY is moving well.

We are distributing educational materials to the people and communities we reach during this project , the 1000 copies we had  printed are finished but we must continue providing these material rich with scientific facts about homosexuality to ensure there is high understanding and  knowledge on the how and why LGBT people are not criminals and not unnatural people.

It is important to tell all of you and the whole world that we remain insecure as a minority organization advocating on behalf of LGBT+ people, and running the organization in rented premises especially when landlords are very inflexible, so we must always pay rent in time to avoid eviction and our lawyers must be always available to defend the organization and   the general well-being of Gay, Lesbians, bisexual and Transgender people in Tanzania.

Thanks for helping this happen. Thank you for contributing to this important cause. We still have a long way to go. Kindly continue standing with us and supporting our efforts for making Tanzania a better place for every LGBT person. We promote, support, defend and protect the interests and the general well-being of LGBT+ people in Tanzania. That is what we are doing and will continue doing with your help

A statement from Roy one of the beneficiary of our work.

My name is Roy 26 a human rights activist for LGBTIQ I risked my life by supporting a gay man who was raped by a group of people in my neighborhood, as a result, I have been asked to vacate the premises before they burn me in the house, I smelled petroleum around my window, and immediately I had to call the landlord who rescued the situation by begging them and giving them some amount of money, however despite that incidence still the landlord did not chase me away and instead, she advised me that my life was much more important than his house so asked me to leave.

I was completely frustrated and traumatized by that incident. So I reached LGBT Voice Tanzania for relocation and medical support, they immediately responded and I rescued but unfortunately some of the belongings I left back were stolen when it was heavily raining the door was broken, I couldn’t report the incident to the police station because of the fear of what would next because of harassment and intimidation.

I`m happy because LGBT Voice is doing whatever they can to help me relocate and resume to normal  life

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We are thrilled by the widespread support we received last year, a sum of $11,439 was raised. Thank very much for your continued support.

The funds raised was spent to implement a number of activates including

  1. $4,000 payment of office rent   
  2. $3,000 capacity building project that benefited 25 LGBT activists from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
  3. $3,000 cover legal fees
  4. $1,439 was used to cover utilities, internet and communication and emergency support to LGBT+ individuals who were in need

As reported in our previous report, our organization going to become active this year especially in the area of advocacy and providing free legal services to LGBT+ individuals, we are also going to direct with our local coordinators and providing available resources so that they can effectively help in solving the most pressing challenges and needs of the LGBT+ community in their areas.

We intend to print 3000 copies of brochures rich with scientific facts about homosexuality that will provide understanding knowledge on how and why LGBT people are not criminals and not unnatural people.

We have also finalized the agreement with full-time attorney, who will be able to provide legal and consultation services on a daily basis, in addition to providing education and legal expertise on sections of the Tanzanian penal code, which criminalize homosexuality and suppress the rights of minorities based on gender identity and sexual orientation. This is exactly what we want our people to know and understand how to defend themselves when their rights are violated based on their gender identity and sex orientation.

Based on the political, cultural, traditional and religious environment in the country our work face anti-LGBT opposition and depends entirely on donations to sustain our day-to-day operations. Thanks to you for being part of our struggle.  Kindly continue supporting us this year too.

We remain insecure as a minority organization advocating on behalf of LGBT+ people, and running the organization in rented premises especially when landlords are very inflexible, so we must always pay rent on time to avoid eviction.

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The recent board meeting decided that this year LGBT Voice Tanzania is only going to implement few achievable and measurable activities while we work on building a strong team that will be able to move forward next year   

We were able to complete our capacity building project that benefited 25 LGBT activists from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.  The training was of importance not only to the activists but to the entire LGBT community in Tanzania because the trained individuals are representatives and coordinators who help our organization to reach more individuals in local communities since we can`t run offices in all districts countrywide.

We are now embarking on supporting our local coordinators and providing available resources so that they can effectively help in solving the most pressing challenges and needs of the LGBT community in their areas.

There is a need of printing advocacy material with scientific facts about homosexuality that will provide understanding knowledge on how and why LGBT people are not criminals and not unnatural people. Homosexuality is criminalized in sections 154-157 of the Tanzanian criminal code, but the translation of this section does not state that being LGBTIQA is a crime. This is exactly what we want our people to know and understand how to defend themselves when their rights are violated based on their gender identity and sex orientation.

Our work faces anti-LGBT opposition and depends entirely on donations to sustain our day-to-day operations. With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting social interaction and creating financial burdens across the country, our ability to fundraise and manage the daily needs of our organization has also been impacted. to keep our organization afloat throughout the next few months and maintain our physical presence countrywide. In particular, we need to cover the immediate cost of sanitary and protective equipment, in addition to our rent and utilities through January. Due to Tanzania's leadership, skepticism toward the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread, and we urgently need face masks and other sanitation products to protect our community and also cover the cost of our rent and utilities through January 2021. As a minority organization advocating on behalf of LGBT people, our landlord is very inflexible, and we must come up with enough money on time to avoid eviction.

Finally we have to cover the cost of our electricity and cellular data bills through January this will   allow us to maintain both our physical presence and our online presence, which is essential to our advocacy work and overall visibility.

Thanks for your Continued support

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LGBT Voice of Tanzania

Location: Dar es salaam - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Twitter: @lgbtvoicetz
Project Leader:
Grace Haule
Dar es salaam, Dar es salaam Tanzania, United Republic of
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