The LGBTI eSwatini movement has gained in leaps and bounds over the years, owing to the efforts of activists and ordinary citizens alike. In the face of brutal repression in an authoritarian society we have dared to speak out, to show up, to live. The movement, which has been propelled by every one of us, has gained international attention – something I have personally facilitated with great pride and responsibility. With every worthy cause, evolution is imperative if the cause is to keep on serving its constituencies. This year marks the start of the evolution.
eSwatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM) was founded to take the movement beyond the current politics as we understand it. Revolutionary movements tend to find themselves stuck when not healthily contested and challenges. ESGM aims to diversify the approach to activism.
In order to achieve these goals, we need financial support to start the work. Donations will fund:
- Rental of office space
- Office furniture
- Running costs including telephone, internet, stationery
- Office equipment such as computers, a printer
- Training of volunteers
- Stipends for volunteers
- Salaries for staff
- Transportation costs
- Marketing materials
- IEC materials
Support for our organisation is of utmost importance to its success and we greatly appreciate all forms of support.