Oxfam and Partners Defend LGBTI Rights Worldwide


Oxfam supports partner organizations in advancing LGBTI worldwide because individuals have a basic right to a sexual orientation and to a gender identity.

Everyone Has the Right to Pride:
Oxfam Partners Defending LGBTI Rights Worldwide

Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are some of the root causes of sexism and inequality. Oxfam supports partner organizations in advancing LGBTI worldwide because individuals have a basic right to a sexual orientation and to a gender identity. Our partners around the world have shown us just how powerful and effective LGBTI advocacy can be in transforming attitudes, gaining legal rights, and promoting equality.

Oxfam Partners

In Canada

With World Pride taking place in Toronto in June 2014, Oxfam realized it had an incredible opportunity to showcase Oxfam partners’ innovative and courageous work in advancing LGBTI rights around the globe. Oxfam organized and participated in a variety of events, including hosting  "Break Another Silence", a speakers panel that brought together leaders from four continents to profile victories in the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide. 

Click here to read about Oxfam's participation in World Pride 2014

Check out some of our pics from WorldPride
and read this article by Oxfamer Erin Aylward, "The right to pride", in straight.com


Our Partners 

Our partners accross the world have shown us just how powerful and effective LGBTI advocacy can be in transforming attitudes, gaining legal rights, and promoting equality.

Oxfam speakers panel in Toronto featuring LGBTI activists from around the world.

The Sexual Rights Centre (SRC)
Buluwayo, Zimbabwe 

SRC is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the sexual, legal, social, and cultural rights of marginalized women, children and menOxfam started to work with the SRC in 2010 and provided support to a strategic planning process, training for staff in monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening of financial systems.

In 2014, SRC board member and transgender woman, Ricky Nathanson, was detained by  Zimbabwean police without food and without a court order. Her alleged crime? “Criminal nuisance” for using a female restroom at a city hotel. 

Read more in this article.

Oxfam partner Mojalifa Mokoele talks about the state of gay rights in Zimbabwe.

Centro de educacion nacional sexual (CENESEX)
Havana, Cuba 

CENESEX publicity

CENESEX is a teaching, advocacy, and research institute focused on sexual diversity, with a long history of advancing LGBTI rights, sex workers’ rights, and more in Cuba. In 2005, CENESEX was instrumental in the passing of a law allowing transgender people in Cuba to receive free sex reassignment surgery and change their legal gender. 

Watch this short film by CENESEX: 

Centre for Research Innovative Communication and Services on Sexuality (ICS)

ICS works with teachers, students, non-profit organizations, journalists, lawyers and other groups to raise social awareness about LGBTI issues in schools, the media, and within the Vietnamese public service. 
Nguyen Hai Yen joined Oxfam in Toronto for WorldPride 2014. A program officer with ICS Vietnam, and a pioneer for LGBTI rights in her country, she works tirelessly in developing and empowering networks for the LGBT community, and founded the first LBT online forum in Vietnam. 
Oxfam partner Nguyen Hai Yen, of ICS Vietnam, talks about the rapidly changing situation in her country.

The video, above, from ICS explores que question: "Is Vietnam ready for same sex marriage"?  

The Inner Circle (TIC)
South Africa

TIC is the longest standing, largest and most influential human rights organization in the world that deals with Islam, gender and sexual diversity from an Islamic theological perspective.  The Inner Circle works internationally and supports international affiliate organizations to do similar work, within an Islamic framework, and empowers and raises consciousness amongst Muslims and assists sexually diverse Muslims to reconcile Islam with their sexuality.  TIC employs independent reasoning to create a paradigm shift in the Muslim community, locally, nationally and internationally.

Association of Sexual Minorities Human Rights (LAMBDA)

Lambda - Mozambique

LAMBDA is the only LGBTI NGO in Mozambique and works to increase the visibility and acceptance of sexual minorities in Mozambique through conferences, workshops, theater, and various cultural celebrations. 

NAZ Male Health Alliance (NMHA)


Founded in 2011, NMHA was the first and remains the only sexual minority community-based organization in Pakistan. It provides technical, financial and institutional support for improving the sexual health, welfare and human rights of the LGBTI community throughout the country. The organization has 7 offices across 5 cities in Pakistan, an employs 220 staff members, 95% of whom identify as sexual minorities.

Qasim Iqbal is the Executive Director of NMHA and a pioneer for LGBTI rights in Pakistan. In 2008, Mr. Iqbal made history when for the first time in Pakistan he led a delegation of five transgender people to the National Assembly to profile the issues faced by their community. In 2009 he worked as special advisor to the Chief Justice of Pakistan on the resulting legal case, which led to the legal recognition of “transgender” as a third gender in Pakistan. 

The Triangle Project
Cape Town, South Africa

Triangle Project Safe Space meeting in Cape Town

The Triangle Project is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1981, The Triangle Project's mission is to contribute to the eradication of discrimination against and within the LGBTI community and to provide defined services with the vision that organizations will eventually become a choice and not a necessity.

Read about how The Triangle Project is working with victims of rape and violence to document their experiences and help other communities affected by gender and LGBTI-based violence. 

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
Cape Town, South Africa 

SWEAT in Cape Town

SWEAT is at the cutting edge of sex worker advocacy and human rights defence and mobilisation in Africa. SWEAT has determined the discussions on a legal adult sex work industry where sex work is acknowledged as work, and where sex workers have a strong voice, which informs and influences wider social debates such as women's rights and LGBTI rights. 


To support Oxfam's work on LGBTI rights, take a look at our Pride Unwrapped Cards or go to www.oxfam.ca/donate to make and donation and support the amazing work of our partners across the world.