Award-winning philanthropist campaigns for LGBTIQA rights in Namibia

Mr. Tony McPherson, The award-winning philanthropist, Young Activist and CEO

By Staff Reporter

The award-winning philanthropist, Tony McPherson (21) a young activist who hails from Somerset, Western Cape of South Africa is currently campaigning for LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/questioning, Asexual) in Namibia. 

He is looking to achieve his mission during Namibia Pride Week of 27 November to 4 December 2021.

In October this year, the High Court Judge Thomas Masuku ended a legal battle over surrogacy and same sex-parents, Phillip Luehl and Guillermo Delgado and granted citizenship to a gay couple’s two-year-old son. Which the Namibian Home Affairs Authority refused to accept the decision of the court.   

McPherson who has received a Forbes 30 under 30 fellowship in the USA, and a Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award through SMESA in 2018 and 2019, understands that he has been in an unusually privileged position at such a young age, and so at 18 he founded the McPherson Foundation as a charity aid organization.

During his stay in Namibia for Pride, he will be travelling with Mr. Gay World, Louw Breytenbach; and will be engaging with the Namibian President Hage Geingob and various youth organizations on LGBTQIA+ rights in the country.

He is optimistic that him engaging President Dr. Geingob will stimulate debates over Namibia accepting and legalizing LGBTIQA rights in the country, as similarly to neighboring countries like Botswana and South Africa.

“African countries are making headway on basic human rights, such as same-sex marriage, with South Africa legalizing it in 2006 and Botswana following suit 15 years later, by legalizing same-sex marriage only yesterday. With all the advancements the world has seen in the past 21 years, and during my life, it is astounding that Namibian government are looking to undo the progress made through shocking statements and actions against the LGBTIQA+ community”, explains McPherson.

Tony is looking to raise awareness and represent those who believe they do not have a voice during his time in Namibia. Stay up-to-date on McPherson’s progress in Namibia by following him on Twitter at @tonymcphersonZA

About Tony McPherson

At only 21 years of age, McPherson is a young activist, philanthropist and entrepreneur that has achieved more in his short lifetime than many have achieved in double the amount of time.

Based in Somerset West, Western Cape, McPherson attributes much of his entrepreneurial prowess to that of a long lineage of businessmen and women. His grandfather, Ivor Duncan, founder and inventor of EmOx™ Oxygen, started grooming McPherson – then aged 17 – to eventually take over his pharmaceutical company.

From working on the factory floor to overseeing product marketing, McPherson already demonstrated acute knowledge of how to run the business when his grandfather suddenly passed away in September 2017 and subsequently became CEO of McPherson Holdings at the age of 18, making him the world’s youngest CEO of a pharmaceutical company.

Through his advisory work with South Africa’s current government, McPherson has developed strong ties with the United Nations. In July 2020, he was named Youth Representative for South Africa to the Model United Nations (MUN), which is an educational simulation in which delegates can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

McPherson is also the founder of a charity aid organization, McPherson Foundation, which strives to uplift through empowerment through strategic investments, donations, and government funding. The foundation also supports local organizations such as the Hali Trust, The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, and Heartlands Baby Sanctuary.

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