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Masakhane Project: What Works

The Masakhane project is a project of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and is supported by Lesben – und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD) and filia, die frauenstiftun.

The project’s focus is to further lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women’s leadership and strengthen the capabilities of CAL members and partners to campaign in-country, by learning through action.

Autonomy Collectives are formed in-country and organise around themes of women’s autonomy, freedoms and justice. The collectives include LBQ women, women living with HIV and AIDS, sex workers and young women.

In 2017 CAL disbursed sub-grants to collectives based in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe for the implementation of the Masakhane project.

The ‘What Works’ Report gives an overview of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe in terms of organising and the context of human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, violence and discrimination against women and sexual and reproductive health rights. The report then delves into the experiences of each collective including successes and achievements, strategies, implementation, challenges, lessons and next steps.