Gender & Sexual Diversity

What we do

Realising substantive gender equality in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe has been challenging. Progressive legislation and policies have not always been translated into effective implementation of government programmes. Some of the gains that have been achieved are being threatened by rising traditionalism and reactionary populism. Violence against women rages on and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people and communities in the region remain disadvantaged, stigmatised and excluded from many aspects of economic, political and social life.

Public and political awareness-raising and the prevention of gender-based violence are therefore core focus areas of our work. We support community activism and movement building and partner with key civil society actors as well as public, religious and traditional thought leaders to strengthen the states response to addressing gender-based violence, to create community dialogue, and challenge homophobic policies, legislations and attitudes.

Gender Democracy


Adapting to disaster: Domestic Violence Shelters and South Africa’s COVID-19 Lockdown

Research Brief No.2

This brief is the second in a series produced by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in relation to its ‘Care and Support in a Time of Epidemic’ research project. The project focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on shelter services to victims of domestic violence in South Africa, and seeks to strengthen policy and practice in the provision of domestic violence services.