What sets us apart

Advancing the right to dignity, non-discrimination, freedom and equality.

Enza works to address Gender Based Violence (GBV), improve LGBTI inclusion and enable access to services for the LGBTI community through tailored research, training and advocacy programmes that emphasise human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights.

We have 14 years’ experience in working, particularly with government agencies & service providers, to address barriers in providing sensitive and inclusive spaces.

As an outcome of this vast and varied experience, we have perfected an intervention model: Our programmes are evidence-based and deliver targeted capacity building, with a focus on behaviour change, that enable the competent provision of support to victims and ensure access to social, health & justice services.

Our training programmes are accredited, and we have developed a variety of delivery methods to enable greater participation – for example, our LGBTI sensitisation training for civil servants can be offered face-to-face, online or via a blended approach.

Added to this, we have the experience of working in diverse spaces, from rural and peri-urban communities to government agencies, corporate workplaces, health & justice environments, trade unions settings etc., and with the necessary know-how to get senior management to buy-in on programmes.

Why do we do it?

Enza exists to bring life to the promises of key regional legislation, such as the Constitution of South Africa and the Bill of Rights, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights etc., and seeks to address the levels of violence and lack of access to services to vulnerable groups, particularly women and the LGBTI community. We also challenge legislation when needed in our advocacy knowing that often LGBTI rights are not enshrined in other countries in Africa

South Africa in particular has one of the highest rates of rape in the world, including so-called ‘corrective rape’ used to try to ‘cure’ lesbians. While Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is available at public clinics in most centres in South Africa, there is no national campaign to alert or educate the LGBTI community of the availability of treatment, or of the protocols for accessing post rape PEP.

Frontline workers (particularly police officers) often fail survivors of violence by not being aware of their obligations, timeframes and procedures, particularly when it comes to Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Coupled with this is a negative perception of the LGBTI community among frontline workers, and a reluctance to serve or support members of the LGBTI community because of religious or homo- or trans-phobic views.

For example, research conducted during the Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the Law programme not only raised the issue of increase in GBV and LGBTI violence, it highlighted the lack of confidence of the frontline workers to handle these situations.

In addition, Human Rights Watch research showed “police did not respond appropriately when [victims] sought justice, or even compounded the initial abuse. Virtually all of those interviewed who tried to report physical or sexual violence to the police faced ridicule, harassment, and secondary victimization by police personnel”[1].

How do we work?

Enza has a core team responsible for the administration and day-to-day running of our programmes. As needed, we use a group of consultants with specific skills, such as project management, materials development, facilitation, assessment & moderation, legal issues, human resources and industrial relations, industrial psychologists and statisticians. Added to this, we have an advisory board made up of experts in the field that meets twice a year.

Together with partners Redpeg, whom we’ve worked with for over a decade, we have won numerous awards, including not only a Cisco Business Makeover award but also a special commendation for leadership as part of the Mail & Guardian’s Investing in Life Awards.

A theory of change

Our theory of change is based on 14 years’ experience and helps us to describe what we do, how it brings about change, and how this change contributes to our ultimate goal: improving the lived experience of the LGBTI community in Africa, particularly black lesbian women.

Long-term systemic change is needed in order to address the multiple layers of oppression, power, discrimination and abuse. This change needs to happen at an individual level (challenging attitudes and behaviours on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and race that fuel hatred and condone violence), at a policy and programme level (where particularly black lesbian women are invisible), and at a societal level (where entrenched homophobia, misogyny and racism exist and are demonstrated).

For us, research and knowledge are critical to our programmes; we use traditional and non-traditional methodologies to elicit lived experiences, and an understanding of the situation on the ground. We build our programmes on this knowledge – training and addressing attitudes and behaviours that discriminate and silence, developing communities to challenge stigma and violence, and advocating for policy and programme change – in order to address individual, programmatic and societal challenges.

[1] Human Rights Watch. (2011). ‘We’ll Show You You’re a Woman’: Violence and Discrimination Against Black Lesbians and Transgender Men.