A human rights based organisation advancing the rights of lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons in The Kingdom of Eswatini 


ESGM was founded to take the queer rights movement beyond the current politics as we understand them.


Join us as we drive social change through collective activism.



We are a human rights community based advocacy organisation with the goal to advance the protection of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex persons in the kingdom of Eswatini.

The organisation further works on reducing harm that affects the well being of Swazis based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. 



The Freedom to be, and live and live your life without any oppressions.


Diversities of sex characteristics, sexual orientations and gender identities.


Gay rights are human rights too, there is no separation.


Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM) was founded to take the movement beyond the current politics as we understand them. Revolutionary movements tend to find themselves stuck when not healthily contested and challenged. ESGM aims to diversify the approach to activism and advocacy, as a whole. The time for complacency and personality politics is over, the movement of the people must be returned to the people, themselves. This is the mandate of ESGM.


The organisation works on reducing harm that affects the well being of Swazis based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Services that the organisation offers include:


Psychosocial support and referrals.

Lobbying and Advocacy for Equality.

Free distribution of health care commodities.

Legal and Policy reform, for a conducive environment.

Education and sensitisation on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression.


Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities is the first membership based organisation in the country, with a mandate to drive social change through collective activism. Being a membership organisation means we are committed to serving the needs of the LGBTI community with the mandate and strategic direction being set out by the members.

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The movement, which has been propelled by every one of you, has been denied registration by the Eswatini Government. The denial of LGBTI rights is an indictment on us to do more. 

Support for our organisation is moving the movement forward. We greatly appreciate all forms of support.

Latest News

365 days without a judgement on Constitutional matter!

The inertia displayed by the judiciary on this matter shows an apparent disinterest in the human rights of LGBTI citizens. There can be no conditional commitment to justice under a constitution that is intends to protect all citizens from discrimination. Eswatini...

Anti-gay law ‘like a gun pointing at us’

By Sonia Elks LONDON, Oct 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When LGBT+ people took to the streets last year for the first ever Pride march in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, some hardly believed they could celebrate the event in a country where stigma is rife...

Incremental gains and public activism pave the way for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct in Botswana

By: Tashwill Esterhuizen The recent Botswana court victory, which will bring enormous benefits to the LGBT community in Botswana and beyond, would not have been possible without the selfless work of LGBT activists in Botswana. Their willingness and resilience to...

Is Being Gay A Sin?

One can never claim to know more about what is sin, or what is not sin. However the characterisation of sexual orientation, as social construct attributed to the physical, emotional and mental attraction of two or more sexes to any other, as debauchery, is rather...

Out, Proud and African

South African Writer and Researcher, Jamil F. Khan. He currently enrolled for a PhD in Critical Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research focuses on the histories and lived experiences of creolised people (classified as coloured) in South...

Botswana: Time for Swaziland to Follow Botswana’s Lead and Decriminalise Gay Sex

Swaziland should follow the example of its near-neighbour Botswana and decriminalise gay sex. The kingdom, also known as eSwatini, has much in common with Botswana. Both were protectorates of Great Britain and have laws relating to homosexuality dating back to that...

Eswatini | New LGBTI group hopes to be first to be registered

Article by Roberto Igual | May 13, 2019 | In HEADLINES, Mambagirl News A newly established group in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) is hoping to become the first organisation in the nation to be legally registered as a specifically LGBTI rights group. Activist Melusi...

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