Who are We?
The Bisi Alimi Foundation (BAF) is a charity established in 2015 and registered in England and Wales following the enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2013 (SSMPA) in Nigeria. We aim to work towards a Nigeria where everyone is equal irrespective of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. We focus on four thematic areas, so as to contribute towards influencing opinions and views on LGBT issues in Nigeria.
The thematic areas are as follows:
- i. Research
- ii. Training
Media Justice Fellowship
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Training
- iii. Stakeholder Engagement
- iv. Business
What Do We Do in Thematic Areas?
- We build a wealth of knowledge through research to inform programmatic decisions. Through evidence gathered, we influence policy on LGBT issues in Nigeria.
- We train professionals, including journalists and lawyers to ensure appropriate media reporting and legal representation from an informed position.
- We conduct social campaigns geared towards challenging and changing the perceptions of LGBT people in Nigeria
- We engage with businesses in Nigeria to create an awareness of the impact of homophobia on individuals and businesses and thereby create a healthy and inclusive workplace.
How do we do it?
- Through Research: BAF conducts public surveys and studies on the social perception of LGBT people in Nigeria, in order to monitor change within the country. We also conduct research into the impact of homophobia on the LGBT community in Nigeria. The data and the evidence we generate are used to shape our programs.
- On Training, BAF conducts fellowships for journalists and lawyers: the program, which is residential for the training phase, includes mentoring that trains participants in understanding sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby equipping participants with the right tools and support. The overall goal is for trainees to become agents of change.
- Our Rainbow Academy is a unique first of its kind capacity training program for LGBT people in Nigeria. The aim is to train, encourage and invest in LGBT entrepreneurship. The academy also focuses on media engagement, personal development and health and wellbeing.
- Working with heads of multinational companies in Nigeria, our work on business engagement seeks to facilitate a conducive economic environment for LGBT persons in Nigeria and to tap into the potentials of businesses to be a force of social and economic inclusion.
- Stakeholder Engagement, at BAF we strongly believe that politicians, police, policymakers, religious leaders and other influential people in Nigeria has a role to play in accelerating social acceptance of LGBT and becoming an ally, we also know it is our responsibility to equip, empower and provide support for these stakeholders to be active in promoting social inclusion for LGBT people and that is why we are heavily invested in engagement with key stakeholders.