About Bonela

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


The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS is a non-governmental organisation committed to integrating an ethical, legal and human rights approach into Botswana’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To download the BONELA brochure click on the language of your choice. (EnglishSetswana)


The idea for BONELA was launched as a component of the Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities Project in September 1995 and registered under the Societies Act in early 2002.

BONELA is governed by a Board, elected every two years and reflecting a range of professional experience. The daily work of BONELA is carried out by its full-time staff. With a non-profit mandate, BONELA primarily receives financial assistance from local and international donor organisations but also raises funds through the sale of publications, other activities, and the support of individuals and members.


Making the right to health a reality in Botswana.


We will work to ensure protection, promotion and fulfllments of the right to health in Botswana.


-  Dissimination of evidence (see above) through direct engagement.
-  Strategising with others CSOs to make change (e.g. developing advocacy messages: testing policy briefs: etc)
-  Coordinating and alligning our efforts (a cotribution to movement building.)
-  Speaking with one voice: talking action together
-  Participating in key policy forum to ensure that important issues are raised; sharing policy briefs and alternative policies
-  Responding publicy to emerging issues from a health and human right perspective

-  Human Right Monitoring
-  Commission research
-  Monitoring and Evaluation of the effects and impact resulting from all the areas of BONELA’s work
- Formulating policy briefs and alternative policies

-  Publishing reports as well as effective narratives, and packaging these in forms that are accessible and easy to use by various media
-  Generating policy and practical solutions for health rights fulfllment, through the design, delivery and documentation of effective projects, services and interventions


-  Building the capacity of and/or partnering with, other CSOs to implement projects
-  Movement building; open up spaces for marginalised voice to speak for themselves and be heard

-  Building and supporting state capacity to address the health rights of vulnerable groups (advisory/technical assistance role)
-Strategic Litigation
VALUES: Passion, Integrity, Commitment, Botho/Humannes

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