Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

The Gay & Lesbian Network was invited for a launch of the 16 days of Activism hosted by Jabu Ndlovu Street Police station. The event was held at a new municipal home for children and adults living in the street. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

The event was aimed at teaching the children and adults living in the house to know and understand gender based violence. Bulelani Mzila represented the organisation and he gave a talk on the services that the organization provides, from counseling to providing safer sex packs and understanding sexuality. The message given by Bulelani was received well with the audience asking questions, like how will they get help, what kind of help, etc.

They also received toiletry packs from the Gift of the Givers and they were so happy as this help only comes once in a while. One of the local soup kitchens came with cooked lunch packs. The message for the day was to let them know what it means to be a victim of gender based violence how to report such a case. The march was also attended by Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) field workers Minenhle Nhleko and Mfundo Ntombela. The sun was shining and a good day as had by all.


16 daysBulelani Mzila tells of the services offered at the Gay & Lesbian Network



Bulelani Mzila

Media Intern