The Emerald 50 fund

Supporting LGBTQI activism in Southern Africa

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The Emerald 50 Fund has been established to support LGBTQI activism in Southern Africa. The Fund is managed by GiveOut and sponsored by Steve Wardlaw and his company Emerald Life, a UK insurance provider offering equality of experience for diverse customers including the LGBTQI community and women.

Across Southern Africa, LGBTQI people face human rights violations in law, policy and practice. In many countries - Malawi, Namibia, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe - colonial era laws criminalise consensual same sex relations. At the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the UK government expressed regret for colonial era laws and committed to supporting decriminalisation.

Throughout the region, LBT+ women in particular face discrimination, harassment and violence, including “corrective rape.”

Activists are defending their communities and campaigning for change, but they need resources urgently.

Under the Emerald 50 Fund, grants will be provided to support activists and their organisations working across Southern Africa to improve the lives of LGBTQI people.

The first organisation to be supported under the fund will be Access Chapter 2 (AC2), a South African human rights organisation that “focuses on LGBTQI people, women in their diversity and civil society's participation in public policy development processes”. AC2 continues to advocate at national level for policy change, including providing direct legal support and creating a safe space for LGBTQI people.

How to donate

To give to the Emerald 50 Fund, visit or click the ‘Donate’ button below. Enter your donation details and include a message to indicate that your donation is intended to support the fund, e.g. “Emerald Fund”.

You will be able to choose whether Gift Aid can be claimed on your donation by completing the Gift Aid Declaration, meaning GiveOut can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra as long as you pay more Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed.

To set up a standing order or to make a bank transfer to the fund, please email Rupert Abbott, GiveOut's Executive Director: