We run a variety of LGBTI empowerment initiatives that seek to eliminate stigma by educating the community and service providers on sexual diversity. Our initial efforts focused on supporting and empowering LGBTI students at the University Of Venda (UNIVEN) and the Vhembe TVET College in Thohoyandou. In 2015, we formalised our commitment to minority populations and began conducting a series of dialogues and outreach with the surrounding communities, to get a baseline understanding of why LGBTI and others were stigmatised and then work to break down those barriers and through education and community dialogues.
As of 2016, our outreach efforts have resulted in:
COMMUNITY MEMBERS REACHED
Though our programme is somewhat new, we recognise that our biggest challenge lies in the culture and religion of the communities in which we work. We recognise we cannot change these attitudes overnight, but remain hopeful that over time, we can reduce the stigmatisation of the LGBTI community. Our goal is to ultimately be able to say that Venda is a safe space for LGBTI persons where people are allowed to love who they want within the boundaries of the law.
Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP) is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa. We focus on providing prevention, empowerment and support services in five thematic areas: HIV/AIDS, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and LGBTI/ minorities.
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171 Mathaphu st, Thohoyandou Q, next to Mbilwi Sec School, Sibasa, 0970