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Each year, LEGABIBO hosts the annual Batho Ba Lorato film festival in February. 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.

IDAHOT

On May 17 every year, LEGABIBO commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

PRIDE MONTH

The Stonewall Riots, which were in protest to police raids on the Stonewall Inn, a bar which catered to a largely LGBTI community saw the beginning of the pride marches. Pride Month is celebrated during the entire month of June, and many cities across the world mark the occasion with music festivals, cultural events and grand parades. In Botswana we have not yet done any pride parades but have joined in through our social media pages by sharing positive messages.

BISEXUAL WEEK

The Bisexual Awareness Week is an annual celebration held in September on the week containing the 23 rd (Celebrate Bisexuality Day). On this week LEGABIBO shares messages that promote the acceptance of the bisexual community, advocates for their rights and create awareness on bisexuality (busting myths).

INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN DAY

Celebrated annually on October 8, this is a day to promote lesbian visibility and promote lesbian’s human rights, and show solidarity with the Lesbian community.

INTERSEX SOLIDARITY DAY

Intersex Solidarity day is commemorated on November 8 annually. Commemorations include sharing intersex histories and personal stories, awareness raising messages on what it means to be intersex and advocacy for promotion of intersex person’s rights.

TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK

This week runs every year from 12 to 19 November, the week prior to Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 Nov). Throughout the week we create visibility of Transgender and gender non- conforming people by sharing educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, advancing advocacy around issues of violence and discrimination.

16 days of activism against GBV

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. Violence against women and girls is a conspicuous violation of human rights. Every year, 16 Days of Activism is a point for individuals and organizations around the world to call for action to end this violence, and for protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls. This year LEGABIBO commemorates 16 days of activism by highlighting the experiences of girls and women. We will share messages that speak against Gender based violence with the aim of creating a public that is informed on women’s rights and is ready to promote, protect and defend LBQ human rights.

WORLD AIDS DAY

World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. In Francistown last FY19 we tested and put over 25 MSM on ART treatment. The theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is Communities make the difference. LEGABIBO has been focusing on making a difference within the MSM community, ensuring access to health services by; providing the right prevention messages, referral for HTC services, support group/focus group meetings, referrals for art treatment and counselling, engaging a mental health and social support counsellor in the district. These was also done in an effort to reduce the stigma and discrimination against MSM living with HIV. COLAs worked with POW++ to sensitize service providers on issues of LGBT/MSM/TG, how to counsel and treat them. LEGABIBO will join hands with DMSAC to commemorate the 2019 World AIDS Day on the 5th of December.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. To commemorate this day, we will have an LBQ women’s dialogue, sharing lived experiences and mapping a way forward to address the situation.

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

This are dialogues with various partners, CSOs, LGBTI community, registered members and the general community. Issues discussed range from our work and services, understanding human rights, Sexual reproductive Health rights, law and policy reforms etc. Dialogues are conducted at least once in every 3 months annually.