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Burundian Transgender Candidate Contesting in Dutch Elections

A transgender candidate born in Burundi is standing as a candidate in the Dutch general elections.

Olave Basabose fled Burundi as a young child but her family and friends are still there.

She says she still has deep and strong ties with Burundi and has kept in touch with LGBT activists there, she told a Burundian online publication in an interview.

She said:

The situation in Burundi fills me with anger, sometimes, pain, often, and hope, always. The emergence of a young, politically conscious and ethnically united movement for progress, democracy and development gives me hope.

I think that Burundi has real hopes, as long as we think in a unified way, as long as we are in solidarity, as long as we fight for democracy, as long as we aim for progress, as long as we hope together.


Olave trained as a corporate lawyer in the Netherlands and has been working there to protect the rights of sexual minorities.

She says her experience as a black transgender person in the Netherlands has been problematic and is part of the reason why political activism has become important to her.

She is standing for the newly formed Artikel 1 party, which was set up to defend equality, emancipation and social justice for all residents of the Netherlands.


Written by PH

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