helping Trans folks across WEST AFRICA

WATF is dedicated to helping trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people through community, education, and awareness.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, empower, and provide access to information to Trans people across West Africa.


Your generous donations help us to continue our program and services and we thank all of our partners and donators.


Whether a short-term event, project, or longer-term commitment, we welcome you to join the effort.

Services & Information

WATF helps with health, education, and employment services, as well as documents for resources.

Latest resources

Our story

The West African Trans* Forum was created in July 2017 in Benin with the help of several Trans* leaders from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Togo, Cameroon, Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Liberia. These countries thus grouped together were able to carry out a review of the contextual needs which gave rise to a SWOT analysis, the very first within this community in West Africa.

Even today the community is in crisis, but milestones have already been  laid; we went from an invisible community to an official member directory of  the forum with commitments and responsibilities. There was a long way  from a leadership that always needed consultants to implement most of the  actions to expert and dedicated consultants within the committees  themselves, there was a long way from organizations that were alone and  weak to a strong network united and whose members are increasingly autonomous. 

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