Institutional Support Grant Renewal - GALZ

By NatalieRDS | November 28th, 2011

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has always been a prominent supporter of human rights in Zimbabwe, with a focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexual (LGBTI) issues. Currently, GALZ aims to grow its organisation by reconnecting with professionals, previously involved, who have since drifted away because of political threats.

It aims to grow its membership by recruiting new (youth) members; increasing engagement with LGBTI people in areas outside Harare; and involving more transgender people in the organisation, by providing a transgender support group. The GALZ Resource and Community Centre in Harare has reopened and continues to provide professional counselling as well as rights oriented recreational and educational events for members. Despite significant internal and external challenges, GALZ remains one of the strongest LGBTI rights advocacy organisations in southern Africa. GALZ currently remains the only organisation specifically serving the needs and interests of LGBTI people in Zimbabwe. 

Although HIVOS – a partner with GALZ for 16 years – has contributed significantly to GALZ’s institutional support, its imminent withdrawal means that GALZ will suffer a setback in funding its core support needs; this will create significant challenges for members to carry out the objectives of the organisation. The overall goal of this project is to strengthen and broaden the resource base and capacity of GALZ. It hopes to achieve this by ensuring visibility and continued operation of GALZ; and retaining, as well as attracting, professional staff to execute GALZ’s aims and objectives.

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