Dumi is proudly Pan African and unequivocally non-binary queer feminist working on eliminating the barriers between grassroots experiences and global policymaking.
Dumi is proudly Pan African and unequivocally non-binary queer feminist working on eliminating the barriers between grassroots experiences and global policymaking. Dumi is the Founder of Success Capital Organisation; a queer, youth, feminist-led, managed and serving grassroots organisation working on strengthening and safeguarding youth agency and autonomy in human rights and sustainable development. A survivor of abuse in adolescence, diagnosed bi-polar amidst the height of a year-and-a-half long state of emergency; Dumi leads bodily autonomy & integrity work through community health & emergency referral services, local & traditional governance multi-stakeholder trainings, community participatory research and producing citizen documentaries on HIV, SRHR, GBV, Youth, Sex Work, & Migrant experiences.
During the Pleasure Fellowship, Dumi worked on their project proposal on “Queering trauma-informed pleasure through intersectionality in sexuality, disability, and diversity”, looking to reshape narratives and affirming the experiences of young, disabled, queer Africans through exploring pleasure amidst multiple layers of taboo and morality.
Dumiso works in numerous projects. They have been the Founder and Country Coordinator for Success Capital – a grass-root, feminist, LGBTIQ+ and youth-led organization serving organizations that link grassroots experiences with global and regional mechanisms. They do this through strengthening and safeguarding agency in the form of voice and visibility within human rights, sustainable development and the systemic frameworks that impede LGBTIQ+ youth from thriving in socio-economically complex environments. Dumiso has also recently participated in the Women Deliver Conference 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda, as speaker and moderator – including moderating the session “Don’t leave us behind”, highlighting queer existence and liberation, intersex visibility and rights and the powerful voices of LGBTQ+ and Intersex youth organizing in Africa.
With its aim in reshaping narratives and affirming the experiences of young, disabled, queer Africans through the exploration of pleasure, the project consisted of a series of virtual dialogues with different change makers from South, East, West and North Africa.
Likewise, the project contemplates a short citizen documentary on the experiences of pleasure among young disabled queer people from Botswana. These proposals would lead to a strengthening of discourse, dialogue and visibility of pleasure as a human right and of health for all African youth in their diversity. Likewise, it would help to demystify taboo and morality surrounding pleasure, sexuality and disability through trauma informed intersectionality.
“Number one the experience of the Pleasure Fellowship for me was the option in really bringing certain elements that needed to reframe SRHR as it's known. As a founder of a nonprofit and as an individual that has been navigating very difficult and often challenging advocacy resourcing and policy making spaces, this has given me the opportunity for connecting and impacting some issues that I think I have been holding. It was a perfect opportunity for me to really explore and better understand and I think the most important element of this is that the results of this will probably show in the long term and not necessarily in the medium term.”