Bobela Stas is an LGBTI support group which was formed last year and currently affiliated with Rainbow Identity Association (RIA- a non-profit making organization based in Gaborone Botswana. It is an association of transgender people (Trans-women, Intersexed, Trans-men, queer gender, gender questioning, transsexuals and non-conforming gender). The organisation aims at exploring ways of challenging trans-phobic laws and trans-phobia in Botswana. The organization was legally registered in December 2010 by registrar of societies) for assistance in anything that the organisation can help out with in terms of services and funds.
Because of the recent rise in violence against women, children and LGBTI+ community in Botswana, Rainbow Identity Association have become concerned and would like to give their contribution in the fight against gender based violence.
Let’s take action to end gender based violence.
Every year the global community of sexual and gender minorities identifies one specific focus issue for the celebrations around May 17th. This focus issue is of course only a suggestion and it is left for everyone to see how this is relevant for their strategies. This year, the proposal is to focus attention on ALLIANCES for SOLIDARITY. Indeed, no battle can be won in isolation. We all need to keep strengthening alliances, especially when we need to ensure safety, fight violence, lobby for legal change, and/or campaign to change hearts and minds. Putting the focus of the Day on Solidarity and Alliances can create a valuable opportunity for all of us to reach out to our current partners to reinforce our bond, to reach out to new partners to raise awareness of our commonalities, and to engage in collective action around the Day.
This focus should also be a welcome reminder of the need for solidarity within the communities of sexual and gender minorities, as the rights of one specific group cannot be solidly secured if the rights of other groups are left unchallenged. The focus on alliances should also highlight the necessity for sexual and gender minorities to be allies to other vulnerable groups (e.g. migrants, people living in poverty, vulnerable children, etc.).