About Asiphephe

Asiphephe means ‘let us be safe’ in isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of South Africa.

Developed by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) and the former Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP), the Asiphephe website seeks to create positive social change and to help achieve safety and security for all LGBTIQ people in southern Africa.

Asiphephe features an extensive database of literature and resources relating to sexual-orientation-based violence. Although there is a growing body of research into the causes and outcomes of violence against LGBTIQ people in the region, it is often difficult to locate. It was because of this that Asiphephe was created; the website allows users to easily access scholarly research, basic legal information, advice on seeking support and details of clinics and shelters.

But Asiphephe is also much more than an online resource hub – it is also a community space where people from different areas, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds can interact and engage with each another. The Asiphephe discussion forum allows users to connect, ask questions, share information and, most importantly, provide support.

How does it work?

Asiphephe is a divided into four sections: a directory of service providers, a resource database, a multimedia platform and a discussion forum. The content has been arranged in this way to make it easier to navigate and to find the correct information. Even if you are looking for something specific, we recommend that you take some time to explore each of the four sections.

Asiphephe is an ideal site for those undertaking research, but it is also extremely useful for people seeking general information or details of relevant service providers. There are resources available for a range of users, including those without a legal or professional background.

Who can use the website?

Asiphephe is an effective tool for anyone seeking information on violence targeting LGBTIQ individuals. Researchers, activists, survivors, services providers and anyone with an interest in gender- or sexual-orientation-based violence will find this website useful and easy to use.

This website is meant to educate and inform by making resources accessible to everyone. It is intended to fill a critical information gap and to encourage the sharing of future research, and we encourage all users to contribute to the website.