Help us fight for LGBT+ rights in Tanzania

by LGBT Voice of Tanzania
Help us fight for LGBT+ rights in Tanzania

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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Thanks to God, the political environment is changing and the fear for harassment, arbitrary arrest detention and torture is decreasing, it is evident that some people who had gone hiding for the last five years are now returning and socializing again and even the LGBT community is enjoying social media platforms that were blocked. This means much to us and gives a good signal of resuming the advocacy campaigns

Though COVID-19 Pandemic is still a threat to all of us the struggle for equality in Tanzania will not stop, the new political environment combined with your generosity and support gives us the momentum to keep pushing fast towards the achieving our goals.  

 We aren’t ignoring protect our community from COVID-19 but we are trying to utilize the available resources and opportunity to double our impact before it is too late.

In the last five months we were able to:

 Advocacy on behalf of poor vulnerable LGBT community.

Demand decriminalization of Homosexuality in Tanzania.

Run a capacity building project that aim to train 25 LGBT activists equipping them with skills and the knowledge to become local advocates

Document cases of Homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people and learned that members of the LGBT community experienced higher levels of physical, sexual, and emotional violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is now in one of our advocacy areas.

Last November we reported that our project named Backlash and resistance that aims to better anticipate, pre-empt and counter resistance and backlash and develop taxonomy of resistance and backlash and to develop a report addressing different forms of resistance and backlash and counter tactics was not completed due to COVID-19 and the financial constraints, it is now time we should continue and complete it.

During the board meeting held this month we agreed 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  

Our work depends on individual voluntary donations because there are no other sources of funding available at the moment that is why we still need your generosity and support in the realization of our mission and goals. We promise to continue working hard till we achieve what we started.

As we all know that COVID-19 affected the world economy and everyone of us which led to a big drop in donations. Last year we raised a total of $6,560 for both general running of the organization including office rent, utilities, internet, communication and emergency support and the projects. This can show how difficult it was to run the organization.

There is still an urgent need for some extra funding because of additional challenges caused by COVID-19 Pandemic. Our annual budgeting $42,000 but it is a real challenge to reach the threshold;

For the moment we need to raise $3,000 for month for office rent and $2,300 cover water, electricity, internet, communication, web hosting and maintenance, for 12 months.

Kindly consider chipping in to help us reach our threshold

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I would like to sincerely that you all for standing with us in the struggle for equality in Tanzania, your generosity and support has brought us where we are today.

COVID-19 has changed our lives, programs, projects, activities and the approach; since our country chose to ignore the best medical and scientific advice and human rights. We had no choice but help the LGBT community try to end this pandemic because our health and human rights matter most.

We are in the push to protect our community from COVID-19 and other rights that are being forgotten. The right to health care, the right to shelter, and the right to life...many are unnecessarily being denied these basic necessities. Our role here is to continue raising our voices in support of those who are being forgotten in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our advocacy on behalf of poor vulnerable LGBT community that has little control over their health and safety will continue. We will keep demanding decriminalization of Homosexuality in Tanzania. And the support to our colleagues as they fight for their rights at a time when they are being forgotten,

The capacity building project that aim to train 25 LGBT activists from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar to equip them with skills and the knowledge required so that they can understand how to advocate in their own communities (regions) and informing policymakers and politicians about inclusiveness and effective participation have been slow due to limited resources, we have already completed the identification of the potential advocates and we are now in the process of starting the training.

We plan to hold a four days residential training whereby we have to provide accommodation and meals to the participants for four days. We still need your support for us to accomplish this important work, please consider making any donation especially during the March Little by Little Matching Campaign because all donations will be Matched, giving us some extra cash which we urgently need to help run our projects.

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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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