Welcome to the resources page. Here you can find lots of information about all sorts of things: sex, gender and sexuality, health, stats, art, activism, sexual abuse and support, blogs we love, books and much more!

This is an ongoing project and we would love it if you shared your favorite organisations, links, sources, blogs, books, films, etc. so we can build this monster into a thing of great beauty. Knowledge = beauty = love.

Handy dandy info on important things:
PleaseHer, PleaseHerBW, Botswana, Safe Sex, Africa, WSW


HOLAA! has produced a host of publications with the help of incredible partners and contributors. They are all available for free download right here! Email us at info@holaafrica.org for any more information or for print ready files so you can reproduce them on your own.

Sex and sexuality resources

Safe sex and pleasure manual (English): This manual covers a whole host of topics including safe sex between women, taking care of sex toys,  and even has a few erotica stories

Download the entire thing here. You can also download the workbook to host dialogues, discussions and workshops here.

Plaisair. Oh, Oui (Francais): Un Guide sur le Plaisir et la Prévention Sexuelle pour les Femmes Africaines .

Télécharger les ici.


Artistic publications

Emergence – An artistic journal by African queer women: This publication hosts the works of women from around the continent and the diaspora. It has comics, photo essays, short stories and poetry. It looks at love, work, life, sex, politics gender, identity and much more. Its also beautiful to look at.
Download the entire publication here.


Online resources

Social media manual: This manual allows you an introduction to the world of social media. Created in collaboration with Bongani Tau this manual has everything an individual, business or organisation would need to get started online.

Download it for here.

Digital media manual: A introductory guide to creating your own digital media and using the online space to host it.

Download it here.

Social media is a great way to connect with people, learn things and find cool stuff. Here are some of our favourite online accounts

Twitter accounts to check out

@adventurefrom: Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women

@Women4WomenUG: Mon pi Mon

@Msafropolitan: Ms Afropolitan

@obaa_boni  or @Ghaminism : Ghanaian Feminisms

@Winnie_Byanyima: Executive Director of Oxfam International

@beeyroyce: carefree black artisté. full time goddess

@rafeeeeta: A HOLAA original and all around awesome.

@drtlaleng: Sexual & Reproductive health Doctor

@AbenaGyekye: She tells stories. She eats chocolate.

@ZawadiNyongo: #SexPositive Feminist Digital Media Consultant.

@kinkyButterfli : Long-term #BDSM lifestyle submissive, painslut masochist, writer of no-bullshit kink info

@mbongomuffin : Feminist Witch | Social Media | Branding Rookie

@nas009 : Curator at Adventures from and and wanna be poster girl for the Recline Movement

@fungaijustbeing : Curator at HerZimbabwe.  Passionate. Curious. Nomadic. A lover of complex minds.

@TheLoulette: Self determination. Independent thought. Sex positivity. Love. Magic. Feminism.

@naijadesires: passionate about providing the best pleasurable toys, service & advice for Nigerian women & partners of their choice.

@shailjapatel : Author of Migritude ~ termite at the foundations of Empire

Online spaces for awesome organisations

GenderIT.org – Feminist reflections on internet policies.

Take Back The Tech Campaign – The campaign calls on all ICT users – especially women and girls – to take control of technology and strategically use any ICT platform at hand (mobile phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more) for activism against gender-based violence.

The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology – A pioneer Kenyan based Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Organisation with a regional reach whose mission is to promote women’s access to and use of ICTs as tools for social, economic and political advancement.

The Association for Progressive Communications – Helps grassroots groups use technology to develop their communities and further their rights, and works to make sure that government policies related to information and communication serve the best interests of the general population, especially people living in developing countries.

The Spread Podcast–  A Sex positive podcast that is incredible. Incredible.

Adventures from The Bedrooms of African Women– What are women doing between the sheets, on the kitchen counter, in international conference spaces and possibly on the bathroom floor? Are African women having good sex despite the moans that fill the night sky. Adventures will tell you.

Everyday feminism: This site has articles on ALL things feminism. All things. It is intersectional feminism for your everyday life, and the articles are so interesting and engaging.

Bitch Media: This site aims provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to media and popular culture.

Kenyan Queer Questions– A Podcast hosted by A weekly podcast hosted by @immahreid and @oluoch answering all your questions about gay, lesbian and queer people. #KenyanQueerQuestions

Q-Zine– A bilingual (English and French) quarterly online magazine by, for and about LGBTI and queer Africans and allies.

The Wide Margin– A quarterly collection of feminist essays from the African continent.

The Adventures of Cosmic Yoruba and her flying machines too – Just a weird Nigerian woman trying to navigate this world. A beautiful and thoughtful site that explores the present and historical lives of African women.

Ms Afropolitan–  This is an award-winning, pan-African blog ‘MsAfropolitan’ started in 2010. Written by the intoxicatingly beautiful Minna Salami this blog has been described as a ‘game changer’ and tackles everything from sexual revolutions, to literature to politics.

Sister speak237– In 2014 Comfort Mussa, a seasoned and celebrated journalist from Cameroon, set up Sister237 in order to bring women’s issues to the table and discuss taboo topics usually kept under wraps.

Mon Pi Mon– Mon pi Mon translates to Women for Women in the Acholi language, and that is what this site is all about: Ugandan Women and their everyday experiences.

Thursday Space – Thursday’s Space is taking on the silence cloaking some issues pertaining to women head on. Started by Patricia, the platform sought to take on everything from religion to culture to street harassment.

KitschMix – A website for lesbian, bi and gay women offering posts on lesbian lifestyle, LGBT news, lesbian film rental, health advice, lesbian dating & more.

Ghana Feminisms – Described as a site that houses ‘modernized Indigenous feminism from the Ghanaian soul’  Ghana feminisms was born in 2015 out of the need for a space that addressed Ghanaian feminism specifically.

Her Zimbabwe – The tag line for this is ‘Her Voice, Her revolution’, Her Zimbabwe documents the untold stories of Zimbabwean women’s lives and their histories.


Black Lesbian Love Lab – An amazing site celebrating black lesbian relationships

The Crunk Feminist Collective – “The Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) will create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves,  fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial.”

Melanin as Love– A blog by @mbongomuffin looking at what African feminisms look like. She describes herself as a ‘Nail artist. Avid dreamer. Deaf human rights enthusiast. Sexual health aficionado. Reckless optimist. Beer drinker. Rookie feminist. My crown too heavy.’

Musings of An African Woman– a blog chronicling all things Kuukua who is a trans-disciplinary artist who dabbles in African dance, African cooking and nonfiction writing. Kuukua is proud to be an African woman and a politically queer woman of color. 

Diary of a Naija Dyke – a look into the life and times of a ‘Big Gay’ living in Nigeria. Random thought of a Naija Girl Who Likes Girls.

Inkanysio – Inkanyiso was conceptualised by visual activist Zanele Muholi in 2006. The first thing that every reader should think of when entering this platform is Queer Activism = Queer Media. A flexible and unique source of information for art advocacy.

Zethumat – Blog by Zethu Matebeni, a huge hero of HOLAA and an expert on gender and sexualities in Africa. Read and feel how your brain doubles in size. Slightly unsettling but good for you.

Gay Ghana – Really great site for gay Ghanaians but good reads and fun things for all Africans. We suggest you join their online community too.

Queer Alliance Nigeria – Has been very quiet lately, but lots of interesting reading material.

Elixher – all things empowering, thought-provoking, and pertinent to Black queer and trans women and non-binary people. You’ll find news, uplifting profiles, local events, political commentary, personal reflections, and more. – See more at: http://elixher.com/about/#sthash.d2eNCOeW.dpuf

The Mind of Eboni Sade – Poetry, insight and gorgeous art work.

Naija_boi -“i am Naija through and through. Naija born. i am queer or same-gender-loving. i am an artist, filmmaker, performer and organizer. i am gender non-conforming”

Buwa Mosadi – Another must-follow, regularly updated with great interviews and information for queer lady Africans. Focus on trends, fashion, music, current affairs, art, poetry, photography, film and writing. Ok, they cover everything. Go read. Now.

Pink Tongue – The online version of Cape Town’s first and only monthly community newspaper for the colourful and diverse gay community. Strong gay boy orientation.

Black Girl Dangerous – “Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.”

Spectra Speaks – Spectra is an award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist. She is the voice behind the afrofeminist media blog, Spectra Speaks (www.spectraspeaks.com), which publishes news, opinions, and personal stories about gender, media, and diversity as they pertain to Africa and the Diaspora.

DykeRoad – A HOLAA firm favorite.

Queer B.O.I.S. – “Queer B.O.I.S. promotes and provides visibility to self-identified bois, butches, tomboys, studs, transmen, androgynous and masculine of centered women in the LGBT community.”

Effing Dykes – The tag line is: “YOUR GIRL GAYDAR SUCKS. LET ME HELP YOU”

Nikki’s Diary – A 20-something year old gay female living in Nairobi. This blog is a collection of incidents in her  life.

Dorothy Surrenders A seriously funny and extremely well-written gay gal’s guide to pop culture with lots and lots of pictures of hot women. A must.

Queerlife – South African LGBT online magazine.

BiDyke – Her intro explains why it’s so much fun to disappear into this one “Hi ^_^ My name is Shiri. I’m an activist and writer residing in Tel Aviv, Israel/Occupied Palestine. My identities include: bisexual, genderqueer, feminist, anarchist, Mizrahi (Arabic Jew), disabled/chronically ill, vegan, geek, metalhead and crazy cat lady.”

The Rape Crisis Blog

What every girl should know – So much fun with a good mix of the serious in-between.

Full Frontal Activism – Great blog by an intersex activist who “is sick and tired of the lack of mainstream awareness about intersex people, conditions and issues.” If you are not already outraged (and you really, REALLY should be) by the way intersex people are treated, you will be after reading this blog. So well-written, so informative.

Derailing for Dummies – Haven’t read anything else on this blog but this particular post is golden. On how to deal with people who insist on knowing better than you about your own issues.

Dissent Magazine – A quarterly on politics and culture.

Oh the Joy of sex toys: How to make a DIY harness– This is an incredible post by Bitch Media that gives a cheaper alternative to having a harness.

Avert.org – A website that gives advice on safe sex for members of the LGBT community. For woman-on-woman safe sex click here

Scarleteen – Solid sex advice for all genders and sexual orientations, not just for teens

HOLAA’s advice on getting kinky: our personal Sex Guide we also have a post on how to give GREAT head. There is also a post on types of female orgasm you should know about.

How to have lesbian sex for the first time – Autostraddle

How to talk to your partner about sex (this comes with a worksheet and everything, down load it here) – Autostraddle

Lesbian positions – click here and here

Sex shop websites

For those in Nigeria:

Intimate Pleasures Desires of the Heart. Visit their site for sex toys galore.

They are also on Twitter: @naijadesires

Further info:

Order line: 0818 480 8686

BBM pin: 28e45009

For those in Kenya:

G spot Kenya: Here is their website. Also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Doctor Crocodildo – The Original Kenyan Adult Toy Store

For those in Ghana:

My Catalogue Shop – Ghana’s no 1 online adult shop offering you the best sex toys, wedding / party gifts, exclusive gifts for him or her, premier lingerie, bridal lingerie, adult novelties, massagers and more.

For those in South Africa:

Matildas – Overnight delivery anywhere in South Africa

Legal age of consent around the world

HOLAA, HOLAAfrica, Posts, Queer, Africa, Ithongomusings, Photography, LGBTIQ, Queer Women of colour,

Here is a HOLAA guide to looking after your vagina: A listicle.

A handbook for training service providers on integrating LGBTI issues into HIV and GBV prevention.  Download it here.

HIV and GBV prevention booklet for lesbian and bisexual women. Download it here.

Women’s Health on WebMB – Health information source.

10 Free Mental Health Apps: Taking care of your mental health is very important. Here is a list of free mental health apps for those who enjoy a more cheery article here is the Buzzfeed version (apps that will improve your mental health) and here is one for anyone living with anxiety.

LGBTI Health – Resources and reading materials.

LGBTQ+ and AddictionCauses, Resources & Treatment : a website dealing with the LGBTIQ community and addiction. It hosts a number of resources that can help either with personal addiction or helping someone with addiction. It even has a resource called the Sobriety E-Book. Here is a wesbite that helps recognise the signs of addiction.

Treatment Action Campaign – An incredible campaign dedicated to ensuring that every person living with HIV has access to quality comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life. Lots of information on HIV/AIDS.

Help for people with HIV or at risk of being infected

An article on LGBT health rights in East Africa

Depressed? LifeLine’s number is 0861 322 322

SHARP – The Open Society’s Sexual Health and Rights Project

Annotated Bibliography of Notable LGBTQ Health Disparities –  US-based sorry, but still useful and many important things to consider for us in Africa. We need to do our own studies and write things. Start today.

Visual Aids – Visual AIDS utilises art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

HOLAA, HOLAAfrica, Posts, Queer, Africa, Ithongomusings, Photography, LGBTIQ, Queer Women of colour,

LGBTData.com – Serves as a no-cost, open-access clearing house for the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data and measures.

Reporting on Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa: Being able to report on religion in terms of sexuality is SO important. Here is a guide on how to do this.  Download the full guide here (compressed version here).

Kinsey Institute – Yes, that Kinsey. Information on sexuality, sexual health and knowledge.

Society for Human Sexuality

Basics about bisexuality – Bisexuality is the potential to feel sexually attracted to and to engage in sensual or sexual relationships with people of either sex. A bisexual person may not be equally attracted to both sexes, and the degree of attraction may vary over time.

Common myths about bisexuality

An intro look into the history of the super silly idea that to be gay is unafrican – From the encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer culture.

A digital collection of lesbian pulp novel book covers. Fun stuff.

Diotima – Materials for the study of women and gender in the ancient world.

Anarchism and Polyamory Zine – Don’t know what it is? You’ve come to the right place.

Must-Reads, because it’s important to understand where we’re coming from, where we are and where we are going to.

Here is a list of books on and by queer women of colour, a list that we compiled.

Queer Africa I and II: These are a compilation of short stories compiled by GALA (Gay and Lesbian Archives). Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction. The book, which was edited by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, won the LGBT Anthology (Fiction) Award at the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.

Male Daughters, Female Husbands by Ifi Amadiume – Ifi Amadiume argues that in precolonial society, sex and gender did not necessarily coincide. Examining the structures that enabled women to achieve power, she shows that roles were neither rigidly masculinised nor feminised.

The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses by Oyeronke Oyewumi – The “woman question”, this book asserts, is a Western one, and not a proper lens for viewing African society. A work that rethinks gender as a Western construction, The Invention of Women offers a new way of understanding both Yoruban and Western cultures. Oyeronke Oyewumi reveals an ideology of biological determinism at the heart of Western social categories.

African womanhood in colonial Kenya 1900-1950 – Within a broad analysis of colonial oppurtunities for physical, social and educational mobility, Kanogo shows how African and British male authorities tried, with uncertain opinions and from different perspectives, to control female initiatives, and how, to very varying degrees, women managed to achieve increasing measures of control over their own lives.

Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory: Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Mohanty – Opens with Mohanty’s influential critique of western feminism (“Under Western Eyes”) and closes with a reconsideration of that piece based on her latest thinking regarding the ways that gender matters in the racial, class, and national formations of globalisation. In between these essays, Mohanty meditates on the lives of women workers at different ends of the global assembly line (in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States); feminist writing on experience, identity, and community; dominant conceptions of multiculturalism and citizenship.

African Sexualities: A reader Edited by Sylvia Tamale – Uses research, life stories, and artistic expression including essays, case studies, poetry, news clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, short film scripts, and photographs to examine dominant and deviant sexualities and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities, and femininities. It also opens a space, particularly for young people, to think about African sexualities in different ways.

Exploring Black Lesbian Sexualities and Identities in Johannesburg by Zethu Matebeni.

A List of Feminist Texts Written by Women of Color – Great ever-expanding list. Go make your own suggestions too.

Free Books

Open Library – Over a million free e-books.

Image by David Castillo Dominici

Send Nudes: this small project has the goal to spread the word about digital security for the average user, who relies on digital media for their communication. Also discussing post-porn aesthetics and strategies for combating gender inequalities in the web, it was thought to be more appealing to women and sexual minorities, since they are more easily exposed to online harassment, by practices such as revenge “porn”, doxxing, cyber-bulling, etc. Download a copy of the publication here.

Rape Crisis – Supports and empowers rape survivors.

You and Rape Booklet – Available in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English (free) from Rape Crisis.

PEP for Rape Survivors – A list of facilities that provide free post-exposure prophylaxis for sexual assault and rape survivors in South Africa.

Saartjie Baartman Centre – The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Based in Cape Town, South Africa.

AARDVARC.org – Learn how to recognise abuse, understand reactions to abuse, explore aspects of abuse, and find resources. Also, learn about the various aspects of sexual assault, date rape, offenders, victim reactions, and find resources.

HOLAA, HOLAAfrica, Posts, Queer, Africa, Ithongomusings, Photography, LGBTIQ, Queer Women of colour,

Here is a list of resources for the more academically inclined.

Feminist Africa – “Feminist Africa is a continental gender studies journal produced by the community of feminist scholars. It provides a platform for intellectual and activist research, dialogue and strategy.”

Agenda – “Agenda Feminist Media is committed to giving women a forum, a voice and skills to articulate their needs and interests towards transforming unequal gender relations. We aim to question and challenge current understandings and practices of gender relations.”

A list of 33 Gender Studies journals – Please remember to take breaks for eating, drinking and mingling with other humans.

African Sexualities: A reader (Book) Edited by Sylvia Tamale – Uses research, life stories, and artistic expression including essays, case studies, poetry, news clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, short film scripts, and photographs to examine dominant and deviant sexualities and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities, and femininities. It also opens a space, particularly for young people, to think about African sexualities in different ways.

Exploring Black Lesbian Sexualities and Identities in Johannesburg (Book) by Zethu Matebeni.

PDFs to download on sexuality in pre-colonial africa:

The unsaying of Indigenous Homosexualities in Zimbabwe: mapping a blindspot in an African masculinity – Author: Marc Epprecht

Download the PDF here

“Bisexuality” and the Politics of Normal in African Ethnography– Author: Marc Epprecht.

Download the PDF here

Challenging sexual stereotypes is cross dressing ‘un african’ – Jessie Kabwira Kapasula

Download the PDF here

Homosexuality in the African Context – Busangokwakhe Dlamini

Download the PDF here

Revisiting the essay ‘Homosexuality is ‘unafrican’ in pre-colonial history’- a post for a little something produced by one of our faves.

Websites on gender and feminism

Gender Forum – An internet journal for gender studies.

Gifts of Speech – Women’s speeches from around the world.

Women Writers and Artists of Color – One of the internet’s most comprehensive and well-respected academic databases for women artists of colour.

Toni Morrison Nobel Lecture (1993)

African and the Near East Archives – A list of primary sources.

Funding and grants: Money For You Work

AWID: AWID has a page that will help you find funding- Who can fund my woman’s movement?

Mama Cash:  An international fund that supports women’s, girls’ and trans people’s movements around the world.You can apply for a grant during their grant cycles.

FRIDA FUND: a young feminist fund that funds registered orgs, initiatives and projects by young feminists around the world. They have grant cycles you can apply for here.

ICT for feminist movement building tool kit– This is an incredible resource by Just Associates, Association for Progressive Communications, Women’sNet. (download it here)

Tools and tactics for the LGBTI community in Sub Saharan Africa– Here is an incredible resource from Security In A Box. It gives digital security tools and tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa. It was created to meet the digital security and privacy needs of advocates and human rights defenders.

How to run a mobile advocacy campaign – A useful guide from kubatana.net.

Send Nudes: this small project has the goal to spread the word about digital security for the average user, who relies on digital media for their communication. Also discussing post-porn aesthetics and strategies for combating gender inequalities in the web, it was thought to be more appealing to women and sexual minorities, since they are more easily exposed to online harassment, by practices such as revenge “porn”, doxxing, cyber-bulling, etc. Download a copy of the publication here.

Libre Planet’s Activism Guide

Self-Care and Self-Defense Manual for Feminist Activists – A whole book, really great, for free.

Radical Reference – Awesome. Awesome. AAAAWESOME source. Go ask questions! Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. They support activist communities, progressive organisations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. They work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society.

Feminist Art Resources in Education (FARE) – An easily accessible, free, online gateway to curriculum and teachers’ guides from proven programmes on gender that can be downloaded and adapted for use in classrooms, after-school programs, community projects, home school projects and more.

Introduction to Intersex Activism – A guide for allies and a must-read for everyone.

Anti-Racism for Activists – A bibliography. American-centric but many great sources applicable all over.

Image by Twobee

The Woman Stats Project – The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states.

Mapping the World – The Mapping the World database contains addresses and information of more than 400 women’s information centres around the world.

Image by Stuart Miles

Artcyclopedia – Includes art news from around the world, which is updated nearly daily and spans a wide range of periodicals. Over 9000 artists and 2900 art-related sites are included!

CLARA – Database offering authoritative information on 18 000+ women artists of all time periods and nationalities.

Queer Arts Resources

Women Writers and Artists of Color – One of the internet’s most comprehensive and well-respected academic databases for women artists of color.

Image by Salvatore Vuono

Free Documentaries Online – The goal of Documentary24.com is to collect the best documentary films available on the internet and to present them to your for free. All documentaries can be watched inside the browser without the need for registration or downloading the movies. This page is not for financial profit but for the intellectual education of everybody who watches the movies. On all sorts of topics.

Human Sexuality is Complicated – Quick short explanation that cover the basics quite well.

Intersexions – A documentary about being intersex.

Women Art Revolution

African Women in Cinema’s Vlog

Centre for the Study of African Women in Cinema – Great site, will make you want to see all of the movies. You’ve been warned.

Film Reviews – Reviews of films focused on women, gender, sexuality, etc.

Image by Stuart Miles

LGBT Religious Archives Network – The LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) is an innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) religious movements around the world. LGBT-RAN has a two-fold basic purpose. Firstly it assists LGBT religious leaders and groups in determining how best to preserve their records and papers in appropriate repositories.  Secondly, LGBT-RAN provides an electronic information clearinghouse for these archival collections and other historical data about LGBT religious history for the use of historians, researchers and other interested persons.

Queering the Church – A focus on queers and the Catholic Church.