LESBIANS, GAYS AND BISEXUALS OF BOTSWANA(LEGABIBO) is an LGBTI organisation doing advocacy at national level and implementing projects in several keydistricts of Botswana.We are the oldest organisation in the country focusing specifically on issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. LEGABIBO began its life as a project in 1998, and slowly developed into an organisation,hosted by various human rights NGOs over the years.
After a protracted struggle in the courts, LEGABIBO gained the right to register in 2016. At its heart, LEGABIBO is an advocacy and human rights organisation with a long track record of strategic litigation and defending the rights of its constituency. We have also implemented sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) projects in many districts – especially focused on gay and bisexual (GB) men, and men who have sex with men (MSM). We have engaged in research and documentation of our wider community’s issues and challenges, as well as engaging with regional and international processes (e.g. the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process).
LEGABIBO is guided and overseen by a skilled and committed board, which is elected from our membership. We have a secretariat with 11 staff, led by experienced human rights defenders, development professionals and activists, and over the years, have built up a pool of skilled volunteers who play a key role in implementing our work.
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. We consider our community to include: self-identified L/G/B/T/I /Q people; people who do not conform to dominant heteronormative and/or cisgender social expectations (incl. MSM and WSW); supportive family members (e.g. PFLAG members) and other allies who support people to be who they are and claim their rightful place in society. We consider ‘our movement’ to include: active members of our community (as described above) working to support social change however they are able; and, intersecting/allied communities and movements with whom our challenges and goals converge.
Promote, protect and defend the rights and well-being of the LGBTIQ community
Botho is a practical tenet of African philosophy: “A person is a person through other people”; our humanity is encountered and expressed in our relations with others. At its heart is respect for others based on valuing their humanity and contribution to the whole..