Dumiso Gatsha

Dumiso Gatsha - 2019 Nominee
Position: Founder, Facilitator, Researcher & CIVICUS SDG Goalkeeper Accelerator
Organization: Success Capital Organisation
Current Location: BOTSWANA, Africa
Master of Philosophy in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from University of Pretoria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Chartered Global Management Accountant, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Master of Science in Strategic Management, University of Derby
Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management, University of Stellenbosch
Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and Strategic Management, University of South Africa
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Pretoria
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Fellow Member
    Awarding Organization:
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    Date Awarded:
    March 11, 2019
  • Award:
    SADC Top 100, Healer
    Awarding Organization:
    The Young Independents
    Date Awarded:
    December 11, 2018
  • Award:
    SADC Gender Protocol@Work: Media & Youth for CIVICUS SDG Goalkeepers Accelerator Project (SDG 3 & 5)
    Awarding Organization:
    Gender Links Botswana
    Date Awarded:
    June 12, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Dumi is a dynamic change agent: a Global Chartered Management Accountant that has prepared shadow reports for CEDAW and African Commission, linking grassroot LGBTIQ+ Youth experiences with global policy & accountability advocacy. Dumi serves IYAFP. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning and manage Success Capital, a grassroots organisation that operates nationally and at the African Commission. I facilitate leaning initiatives for young people under 30 years of age. Discussing in a decolonised and peer-led manner ensures impact and alignment to daily experiences; having actively done this for the past 2 years of my over 8 years of volunteerism. As a researcher, I document experiences such as: lesbian women getting pregnant as a result of heteronomative socialisation of relationships where they are providers in same sex relationships through transactional sex with men. This highlights larger issues of poverty and sex work within lived experiences. Critical information for advocacy work.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a Pan African proudly non-conforming queer young person who has survived many abuses. My life purpose is to dismantle patriarchy, privilege and power in the variant ways that they manifest themselves. They usually exercise themselves on the most vulnerable and marginalized by way of policing bodies (restrictive laws & traditions), undeserving of health provisions, passive aggressive health services and inadequate support for mental health in sexual, reproductive and relationship issues.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

1) Enabling and allowing for experiences to be shared among peers in focus groups, circle set ups or card games. Engaging young LBQT women in a way that they can feel comfortable, mentally safe and engaged. This allows for relearning, unraveling socialization and indigenous ways of referencing within the institution/school of thought of family planning.
2) Documenting experiences in a manner that ensures family planning can be included in discussions of governance and human rights (CEDAW).

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Distributing knowledge and voices of those most vulnerable and marginalised as this success will be shared with my peers and volunteers. Creating a space for developing a collective, LGBTIQ+ inclusive and youth-centered model policy framework for advocacy within developing country contexts. Using the credibility and institutional legacy to advance narratives and elite open doors of dialogue that normally exclude activists who operate outside of formal civil society structures (such as myself).

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