About Us

We Are Eswatini Minorities
Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality

Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities

” With every worthy cause, evolution is imperative if the cause is to keep on serving its constituencies. This year, marks the start of the evolution. ”
The LGBTI Eswatini movement has gained in leaps and bounds over the years, owing to the efforts of activists and ordinary citizens alike. In the face of brutal repression in an authoritarian society we have dared to speak out, to show up, and to live. The movement, which has been propelled by every one of us, has gained international attention, something I have personally facilitated with great pride and responsibility.

Mission Statement

Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities is focused on advancing the protection of human rights of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The organisation is further working on reducing harm that effects the well being of Emaswati based on sexual orientation and gender identity & expression.

Vision Statement

Social cohesion in Eswatini, where LGBTI persons attain full rights and social well-being, resulting in high quality life for all.

As a human rights defender working with various organisations in the past, I have been honoured to represent our LGBTI community and mission regionally and internationally. Through all the collective work I contributed to, I have learnt many lessons and sharpened my skills of understanding what I want as a gay man in Eswatini and also what all LGBTI people have expressed to me thus far. It is because of these lessons that I have decided to start the expansion of our movement.

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.

For activism and our efforts in advocacy to be effective it is compulsory for us to adopt intersectionality. Intersectionality is the understanding that we find ourselves differently positioned in a system that seeks to annihilate us and that some of us are more vulnerable than others. It is this understanding that informs ESGMs mission and mandate. Every identity that falls under the LGBTI banner is accorded its own importance.

Our logo, naturally includes the LGBTI flag which has previously aimed to be representative of all sexual and gender diverse identities. History has proven to highlight its shortfalls and inadequacies. For this reason we have included the trans diverse flag within our identity not only as an acknowledgement, but also as an expression of responsibility towards changing the tradition of excluding trans diverse identities from our efforts at attaining liberation and equality. We are deliberate about inclusion. The flag also embraces the inclusion of black and brown identities which find themselves excluded within the global LGBTI movement. This has perhaps been a result of the race discrimination so many of us have faced within LGBTI spaces, which propose to be inclusive but ignore intersectionality.

With all of this in mind and on paper, ESGM hopes to bring a more deliberate effort at driving the decriminalisation of LGBTI identities and lives in which ever form they present themselves. For this reason the organisation will be people driven and membership based. This means that ESGM is open to being informed by the will of the people and welcomes membership by those who form the lifeblood of the LGBTI movement in Eswatini. This is both the LGBTI community and allies alike.

” Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities is embarked on advancing the protection of human rights of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intesex persons in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The organisation is further working on reducing harm that affects the wellbeing of Emaswati based on sexual orientation and gender identity & expression. ”

It is time for a movement that moves beyond the need for visibility and onto the need for tangible changes to the structures that currently exist. Contestation within activism will always serve the vitality of the greater movement and the formation of ESGM aims to start the processes of diversifying the visions of what LGBTI Eswatini can achieve. We are hopeful that our efforts will be received in the best spirit possible.

We wish to express that the aim of ESGM is not competition, but enrichment of a worthy movement that deserves all the support it can receive. At the moment, ESGM is embarked on trying to register formally, through the Companies Act, of 2009. Our hope is to be fully registered as soon as we can.

We take this moment to request any form of support from Emaswati. The support can range from office space and equipment, legal and organisational expertise, human resource, and financial support. Our contacts are listed below.

The sooner we register, the sooner we can begin the registration of interested members. This will mark the start of the community mobilising, both for the sustenance of the movement, but also building a strong community.

” Social cohesion in Eswatini, where LGBTI persons attain full rights and social well-being, resulting in high quality life for all. “

Join our Newsletter

We'll send you newsletters with news, tips & tricks. No spams here.

Contact Us

We'll send you newsletters with news, tips & tricks. No spams here.