The Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) is an LGBTI non-governmental membership organization, registered on the 29th April 2016 after winning freedom of association case at the Botswana Court of Appeal.
LEGABIBO was founded in 1998 with the purpose of defending the human rights of LGBTI in Botswana. LEGABIBO currently has registered members who are not only limited to members of the LGBTI community, but include friends and supporters of the LGBTI community (Pflag).
An all-inclusive political, social and economic environment where human rights are core to the development of our society.
LEGABIBO strengthens our community and movement , and engages with strategic partners, government, and the public, to promote inclusive human rights and development in our society.
Promote, protect and defend the rights and well-being of the LGBTIQ community.
Botho; Integrity; Community; Transparency and Accountability
Our Strategic Goals:
1. Raise awareness on sexual diversity amongst various stakeholders.
2. Build a critical mass of partnerships and networks.
3. Empower members of the LGBTI community through Community mobilization and movement building.
4. Ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Become a member
Membership is open to individuals and organizations, with an annual registration fee of BWP 60.00 for individuals and BWP 100.00 for organizations. Download membership application form here:
My work in NGO world has always been focused on human rights and legal reform. Human rights are contested norms, by traditionalists, religious communities and the state. Accessing these spaces is often met with hostility. The fact that my work has always been focused on LGBTI and Sex work issues has limited access for human rights defenders. LEGABIBO has been denied registration twice, until after a 3-year court case. I have been involved with LEGABIBO throughout this experience and witness shrinking spaces starting with: being denied partnership and support, limited resources and being refused audience by public servants. Anna is the first CEO of LEGABIBO, a CheveningAlumni and holds an MSC in Human Rights, and MED Gender from the University of Botswana.
Caine Youngman is the current Advocacy Manager at LEGABIBO. He is a son, a partner, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a colleague, an acquaintance, a master to his dogs, such a sport, and whatever he might commit himself to. He is a Human Rights activist in Botswana.
Health & Advocacy Manager, Augie, as I preferred to be called with networks and the community, is responsible for development of the Health and Advocacy initiatives, strategy, work-plans within the organization and ensure their incorporation into the general advocacy strategy.
Bradley is an LGBTI activist and is one of the founders and organizers of the annual Batho Ba Lorato Film Festival. He is currently the Communications and Documentations officer at LEGABIBO. He holds an Honors Diploma in Business and Information Technology from Botho University, currently perusing his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Management at the University of Botswana.
Casper is24-year-oldyoung man working for LEGABIBO as the Health Officer.He holds a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Law from Gaborone Universal Collegeof L.aw. He is currently working under 2 projects which are Linkages project and Global Fund project.His duties include the supervision of volunteers, linking LGBT individuals to clinical services provision and developing health programming for MSM with an emphasis on the risk reduction methods for HIV/AIDS,and empowering increased access and availability of services to HIV prevention, care and support for MSM. Building partnerships with government health centers to create a friendly environment for LGBT to access services freely.
Kephologile Onneng, known as Kepp, is a 29 years old Motswana woman who is currentlyworking For LEGABIBO as a District Coordinator in Francistown. Kepp graduated from University of Botswana with a Diploma in Social Work in 2013. She has doneher advocacy work most in Two projects. LINKAGES Project and Positive action for MSM/TG -health programming for MSM/ TG with an emphasis on the risk reduction methods for HIV/AIDS,and empowering increased access to HIV prevention, care and support for MSM. Her focus currentlyin the projects is building a strong LGBTI movement. She has worked with other key population
Wandipa Omphile Chabe who prefers to be called ‘Wandy Oh’ is a human rights defender, a feminist, an activist and advocate for LGBTI rights working as a community liaison officer for LEGABIBO, an LGBTI organization in Botswana where she focuses mostly on building a movement of LBTI people, PFLAG and partnerships with government, NGO’s and other CSO’s. She was born and raised in Palapye, Botswana. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology where she graduated in 2014 the same year she started volunteering for LEGABIBO as a support group focal person in Francistown where she is still based today.
Matty joined LEGABIBO on a part-time basis in September 2017 and was converted to a full-time post in January 2018. Matty has a BA in Media Studies from the University of Botswana in Gaborone. Her role as an administrative assistant includes organizing and scheduling appointments and meetings, making travel arrangements for secretariat, board and members several other administrative duties.