1 NGOs and activist groups
NGO founded in Keetmanshoop in 2012 to “facilitate community building, improve quality of life, enhance self reliance and raise awareness on gender based violence against lesbian, bisexual and trans women in Namibia.” (Facebook page)
Phone: +264 81 328 9269
Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA)
Founded in August 2016, “NDWA aims to work with Women, Girls and Trans Diverse persons who identify within and beyond their sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sexual characteristics.
NDWA further aims to strengthen a collective women’s, girls and trans diverse movement that envisions gender equality is systematically realized by the achievement of human rights for all through facilitating women’s leadership, socio-economic development and social rights.” (Facebook page)
Namibia Equal Rights Movement
Founded in 2021, “Equal Namibia is a youth grassroots led, and community activist fed, movement fighting for the emancipation and protection of LGBTQ+ Namibians and their Constitutional rights. We are supported by a coalition of 18+ CSOs and human rights organizations.” (Facebook page)
Phone: +264 81 698 8238
“Out-Right Namibia was officially established in 2010 after closure of TRP [The Rainbow Project] by the community’s decision. Our vision is to be the leading agency in creating a united movement of sexually diverse people that enjoy improved quality of life and access to legal and social justice.” (Facebook page)
Address: 32 Lister Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Phone: +264 61 237 329
NGO with an own Namibia program which “is intrinsically motivated by national and sub-national processes that contribute to equity and justice for PLHIV, LGBT+ people, sex workers, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and other marginalized and oppressed populations. Rooted in evidence and underpinned by human rights, our interventions seek to address both the internal and external challenges these populations face, such as internalised and experienced stigma, human rights violations, criminalised legislation, exclusion from services (health care, legal and social services), and social life (church & family) among others.” (Program website)
Office in Windhoek
Address: 49 Pasteur Street, WHK, PO Box 24236, Namibia
Phone: +264 61 245556
Rights For All Movement (RAM)
“RAM is a Namibian LGBTI and MSM human rights organization to promote equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, provide public visibility and educate the Namibian public on sexual diversity and tolerance.” (Facebook page)
Phone: +264 81 201 5200
Rights Not Rescue Trust
“RnRT is a leading human rights agency which promotes access to health, rights, education and safety of sex worker industry in Namibia in a way that enables and affirms their occupational human rights and freedom.” (website)
Phone: +264 81 206 8240
A feminist NGO founded already in 1989, which “advocates for the rights of women and girls in Namibia, as well as promoting public discourse on matters of gender and sexuality.” They regularly publish a magazine that can be found on their homepage. (Facebook page)
Address: 163 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Eros, Windhoek
Phone: +264 (0) 61 230 757
The Rainbow Project Namibia (not active anymore)
NGO founded in December 1996. “TRP was the community’s response to homophobic statements emanating from high echelons of government after independence. The organization utilized grassroots to counter increased levels of stigma, discrimination and violence – including state agents e.g. police strip searching and ripping of citizen’s earrings. Founding Director, Ian Swartz, and his team at TRP set the scene for national dialogue on sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression (SOGIE) issues.” (ORN Facebook page)
In July 2005, they organized the first CSD week in Namibia which included a march for human rights with almost 50 participants. Dissolved in the late 2000s.
Transgender, Intersex and Androgynous Movement of Namibia (TIAMON)
NGO fighting for the rights and equality of transgender, intersex, androgynous and non-binary people in Namibia.
Phone: +264 81 399 9114
Voices for Choices and Rights Coalition
“Advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Reproductive Justice, Women’s Reproductive Health, Women’s Rights and Abortion Rights in Namibia.” (Facebook page)
Wings to Transcend Namibia
“Wings to Transcend Namibia is a Namibian Transgender rights Organisation founded in October 2015, advocating and lobbying for equal rights of transgender citizens . The organisation strives for proper access to services for transgender persons in Namibia and respect for human dignity regardless of gender identity or expression by eradicating transphobia, stigma, discrimination and violence against transgender people in the Republic of Namibia.” (About section on former blog)
Address: 49 Pasteur Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Phone: +264 61 237329
Y-Fem The Young Feminists Movement Namibia
Founded in 2009, “Y-Fem Namibia Trust is a feminist women’s human rights organisation that focus on girls and women’s leadership in Namibia.” (Facebook page)
Phone: +264 81 788 1790
2 Events & Culture
Drag Night Namibia
Established in March 2021, the Drag Night Namibia is a monthly event series of Drag Culture in Windhoek.
Started in December 2020, the reguraly Pride Pop-Up is “a conspicuous event that gives a platform to the LGBTQ+ community to explore their talents, arts and creativity […]” (Facebook page). The event series is based in Windhoek.
Organizers of the Pride Marches and other queer activities in Swakopmund.