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The goal for the film festival is to share understanding, tolerance and appreciation of sexual minorities through the art of film.

BACKGROUND

The Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) LEGABIBO is a national NGO that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and inter-sex (LGBTI) community and the Botswana society on sexual diversity through public awareness raising and building a critical mass to promote tolerance and where diversity is celebrated.

The goal for the film festival is to share understanding, tolerance and appreciation of sexual minorities through the art of film. The expectation is that after the film festival, each attendant will have an understanding and knowledge of issues faced by the LGBTI community. The film festival attracts over 150 people daily and entrance is free for everyone.

Discussions will take place after every screening and will be moderated by a well chosen panelists with certain expertise. The film festival will create a platform where LGBTIs and the community at large will engage with religious, traditional, government, human rights activists and the general society to initiate dialog, educate and sensitize different stakeholders on issues relating to homosexuality, gender identity, and homophobia. Additionally, coverage through the media and outreach to other towns and villages result in wider coverage and reach of areas and people that may have never been accessed through LGBTI information. Films and documentaries can effectively ‘resurrect’ voices, articulate stronger and clearer messages about the LGBTI.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the project are anchored on the main organizational objective which commits to creating a tolerant social environment that celebrates sexual diversity. Through film the project objectives are as follows:
  • To increase awareness on LGBTI issues amongst Botswana people to be able to engage and protect LGBTI rights.
  • To increase dialogue and interaction around LGBTI issues among all stakeholders to address stigma and discrimination.
  • To promote positivity on LGBTI related issues in the media and the general community.
  • To create a collection of LGBTIQ materials and a reference point for people to be able to access information on SOGIE.

GOALS

The goal for the film festival is to share understanding, preach tolerance and appreciation of sexual diversity through the art of film. This is aimed at the LGBTI community, religious leaders, cultural leaders, policy makers, business communities and the general community. The expectation is that after the film festival, each attendant will have an understanding of issues faced by the LGBTI community.

OUTCOMES

We expect to have the following outcomes from the film festival;
  1. Increased knowledge on stigma and discriminatory attitudes towards the LGBTIs
  2. To be able to offer solutions to the stigma and discrimination depicted in the movies or coming up during the discussions.
  3. Identify potential allies to offer support to the LGBTI
  4. A comprehensive database of participants including leaders and media houses present.
  5. Documented lessons learned from the films by participants. This is to weigh whether the films are helping with understanding of the LGBTI lives and in the long run, change perceptions on the LGBTIs.

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.

About Us

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.

Postal Address


P.O Box 550430
Mogoditshane, Gaborone
Botswana
P:+267 316 7425
F:
+267 316 7465

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Physical Address

Plot 37823,
Kobe Cres,
Block 6, Gaborone,
Botswana