LGBTQ entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe call for more business support

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3/4/22

At a business summit in Zimbabwe, LGBTQ entrepreneurs called for increased financial support for their businesses, as well as improved access to skills, loans, consultants, licensing and registration. Economic and structural injustices need to be addressed before the LGBTIQA+ community can be empowered, advocates have told a business summit in Zimbabwe. The recent Business Network Summit was organised by Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) in partnership with Bayethé Development Instituté and The Other Foundation. The event was initiated after a GALZ member bemoaned that the LGBTIQA+ community was viewed only as a key population in the fight against HIV. “They said we are not all about HIV and STIs,” said counselling psychologist Badza. “We have a life to live. Money to make. Give us empowerment programs.” The summit also came as a way to strategise on how the community can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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