Nested Organizations

BONELA is proud to mentor and nest other organizations to build and or strengthen their organizations for attainment of a level of organizational effectiveness. BONELA sub-grants to grass roots organisations to integrate human rights and HIV interventions for most at risk populations. BONELA also builds the capacity of sub-grantees to manage funds, effectively implement programmes and create thorough reports.



To build an independent non-partisan organization that promotes the recognition, acceptance and equal protection of all human rights of the LGBT community in Botswana.


Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo) is the first LGBT (Lesbians,Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered and Intersexed) organization in Botswana. It was founded by Ditshwanelo, the Center for Human Rights in 1998. However, due to lack of resources, the project could not be implemented and was therefore inactive until it resurfaced under BONELA Botswana Network on Ethics, Laws and HIV/AIDS). There has been attempts to register the constitution with the Registrar of Societies, Ministry of Labour and Home affairs but to no avail. The registrar officials object to registering LeGaBibo under the premise that registering such an organization is an act of aiding and abetting the commission of an illegal act as defined under Section 164 of the national Penal Code, which punishes "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature...."


Sisonke is a sex worker-led organisation consisting of 456 members (including 20 peer educators) across the country. Members are made up of male and female sex workers as well as immigrant sex workers from 5 districts in Botswana.

Sisonke advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services; speaks out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners; challenges the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence; opposes human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation; challenge stigmas and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work; and advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers

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