Purple Hand Africa Trust collaborated to implement the Community Art Workshop Catalyst Training together with Writers’ Cafe and Trans and Intersex Rising Zimbabwe (TIRZ). Writers’ Cafe is an initiative that is working towards creating inclusive spaces for wellness through writing and TIRZ is an organisation focused on advancing the cause for trans* and intersex communities through empowerment programmes.
Together in April 2019 we had an application callout for potential Community Art Workshop Catalysts, who were chosen based on their grasp of a personal problem related to being LGBTIQ in Zimbabwe and ideation of a creative campaign as a solution. 8 participants were selected to take part in the training workshop.
The first part covered an introduction to sexuality and gender diversity, followed by self reflection and self discovery with a final day covering a session on sexual health and art for activism, where they took the first step of bringing their campaign ideas to life through assistance from the team and fellow participants.
The 8 trainees consist of 4 transgender, 2 lesbian, 1 gay and 1 non binary youth aged between 18 and 25 years.
Be on a lookout for the participants amazing campaigns which we believe are going to be of great impact in the LGBTIQ movement in the country.