According to WHO, 50% of the world lacks access to essential health services and 100 million people globally are pushed into poverty trying to cover healthcare costs. Today, on World Health Day, we call upon world leaders to commit to advancing health for all by moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as pledged in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) 2030 Agenda. This will ensure that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services without facing financial hardship.
VIDEO Stop Trans Pathologisation Worldwide!
To mark the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, Iranti interviewed several medical doctors on the topic of trans-affirming healthcare. These interviews form the basis for our upcoming five-part healthcare series, which will aim to give medical practitioners a crash-course in gender-affirming healthcare and respecting trans patients. Watch...
On 30 September Iranti went to Soweto Pride, organised by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) annually since 2004, as a response to the inaccessibility of Johannesburg Pride, which was too far and too expensive for many LGBTI+ Soweto residents to attend. View the gallery and read more...
10 October 2017, South Africa
On 28 September Iranti celebrated five years of activism. We are looking back at the struggles and victories of the past. We are looking forward to the challenges to be tackled in the future.
#Siyanibona - We See You!
Join us this Wednesday 20 September, only on Soweto TV Channel251, for a closer look at the work we do at Iranti! We look into the world of LGBTI Africans, celebrate our victories and look ahead at the work still to be done! Have your say with the #Siyanibona hashtag, every Wednesday at 8pm!
The APC has just launched the 3rd EROTICS global survey. The survey primarily targets LGBTQI activists and sexual rights defenders in the LAC, South Asia, Africa and MENA regions. In particular we would like to hear from less visible communities such as intersex, transgenders, migrants, refugees, youth, elder, people with disabilities, and people who face additional discrimination based on race/caste/religion. English: http://bit.ly/2u0Ffuc Spanish: http://bit.ly/2ur62Rq
From 21 to 29 June, 18 transgender and intersex delegates from eight African nations were brought together by Iranti for a nine-day intensive leadership and wellness training session. Delegates hailed from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. Delegates were encouraged to engage meaningfully throughout the training, with everyone presenting during the program on the work conducted by their local organisations and the successes and challenges faced, sharing knowledge that strengthens trans and intersex activism work.
16 June 2017: A non-celebratory day
This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, which was sparked on 16 June 1976 by school pupils tired of the violence inflicted upon them by the state. Today we remember their righteous anger and bravery in the face of oppression with a day off work, and the same well-rehearsed platitudes that politicians have delivered since that old government was replaced with the democracy that exists today. Women keep dying; the poor, disenfranchised persons of colour that make up a majority of the country’s population keep dying; and members of the LGBTI+ community keep dying. And by and large the majority of victims are young, under 35. Read more…
In the final quarter of 2016, on 11 November 2016, approximately 100 individuals and organisations attended a public engagement hosted by Iranti, in collaboration with Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW). A panel consisting of academics, legal experts and activists made presentations and engaged with the audience on the content of the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. Opinions were varied, and a robust debate took place.
South Africa, 30 January 2017
In the second video of Iranti’s five-part conversation series about the draft Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, we sat down with Dr. Kelly Gillespie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at WITS University. Based on more than 20 years of academic research on South Africa’s criminal justice system, Dr. Gillespie explains her primary concern with the Bill: its reliance on criminalisation and incarceration as a deterrent to crime and violence, which she strongly critiques. Stay tuned to the series for more conversations and perspectives on the draft Bill.
Gender Affirming Healthcare Conference South Africa, 19 November 2016
As part of Iranti’s on-going work around gender affirming healthcare, we co-partnered in presenting the first Gender Affirming Healthcare Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference took place on 19 and 20 November 2016, and was hosted by Gender DynamiX, Iranti and the Gender, and the Health & Justice Research Unit (GHJRU, University of Cape Town).
The practitioners who attended the Gender Affirming Healthcare Conference were nominated by, or received endorsements from, trans organisations in six countries; South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Read more...
Intersex Solidarity Day is internationally observed to highlight issues faced by intersex people. In honor of the day, Abraham and Dimakatso Sebidi share with us their journeys from Dimakatso's birth until now - from spending her formative years in hospital and interactions with the medical sector, to stigma at church and their visions for the future. We urge all states to act with urgency in crafting solutions to the continued human rights violations against intersex people, and to engage meaningfully with intersex voices in all decision-making processes concerning them. #StopIGM #iad2016 Watch
Workshop with Jabu Pereira
3rd Floor, 87 De Korte Str., Braamfontein
Open to 10-15 people, please RSVP Read more…
Intersex Awareness Day 2016 South Africa, 26 October 2016
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has repeatedly
recognized Intersex Genital Mutilations as a "harmful practice", and
recently issued strong binding recommendations obliging South Africa to "guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination of all children, including intersex children", and to "adopt legal provisions to provide redress to victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation". Watch
There have been pride parades in South Africa celebrating LGBT pride since 1990. South African pride parades were historically used for political
advocacy protesting against discrimination and violence against LGBT people. Iranti hosted their first exhibition “Queer Pride is African Pride”, aimed at decolonizing Queer Pride and disrupting heteronormativity. A panel of four queer activists addressed issues concerning pride, particularly in light of the suspension of Soweto Pride. Watch
United States of America, 23 September 2016
Symposium (at Washington - NYU Gallatin Galleries 1 Washington Place @ Broadway)
and Exhibition (Jerry Lebowitz Theatre at the same venue)
Date: Fri 30 and Sat 1st
Pan-Africanism and Black Consciousness have always erased queer voices in the struggle for liberation, while queer identities have been
painted as un-African. Moreover, the notion of “African Pride”
embodies a heterosexual and (cis) hyper masculine expression, while
the Western, white queer community is perpetually located as the
legitimate voice of the “queer agenda”. Iranti hosted their first
Exhibition “Queer Pride is African Pride”, aimed at disrupting
colonial, heteronormative understandings of African Pride.
Watch our documentaries that we made to highlight the issues
Free Soweto Pride South Africa, 22 September 2016
Yesterday, the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) regretfully announced the postponement of Soweto Pride 2016. The postponement is a result of being bullied by state entities intent on stamping out and discouraging all forms of political protest.
The video examines the issues behind the postponement, including the state's request that FEW - a non-profit organisation, pay for police protection because of the public holiday, increased policing requirements of queer black bodies within the event, requirements to
arrange additional private security guards, and to capitalize and commercialize Soweto Pride. The suspension leaves us with the question queer black and trans bodies confront daily; who's streets?
African Bodies Breaking Grounds Building Bridges was the theme for the Pan African IlGA Regional Conference that took place in Johannesburg from 13-18 May 2016. This conference meant that emerging trans focused organizations had an opportunity to network with bigger organizations to share experiences, get advice and guidance.
Between 20 November and 10 December several important dates that highlight trans* awareness across the region occur. The period includes Trans Day of Remembrance, Rainbow Identity Association's Trans Pride in Botswana, World AIDS Day and International Human Rights Day. Read all about it...
The Vaal LGBTI community celebrated their third annual Pride parade on Saturday, September 5, 2015. The event included a march through the streets of Boipatong, moving performances to commemorate the victims and survivors of hate crimes and an after-march gathering with entertainment at Boipatong stadium. Read more…
Will you sponsor the Run for Iranti team? This Sunday 30 Aug we will run/walk the 10km race of the Mandela Day Marathon in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. We are raising funds for Iranti, a visual media NGO in Johannesburg. Read more... on this page on the right
The Zwakala project, funded by the Delegation of the European Union, partners with community based organisations (CBO's) in Limpopo, Gauteng and North West to support increasing awareness of LGBTI persons and their lived experiences. This coming Saturday Iranti will be attending Vaal Pride in solidarity "Love knows no gender".
Trans Journeys and Safe Spaces: CFCS was epic Kenya, 14 July 2015
On Sunday 14 June 2015 we were all set for the journey, the East African Trans group. The East African Trans and Intersex Baseline Survey convened. A trans and intersex baseline survey had been commissioned to map out the landscape of trans and intersex organizing and funding in the East African region. By Dalziel Leone is a trans man from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of Jinsiangu, a recent fellow of an OSEA fellowship and a documentations officer for Iranti.Read more...
Uthingo - The Rainbow held a successful flash mob and dance event at the Daveyton Mall on Sunday 17 May. The street theatre group, Joint Minds, performed 'Un-tag me', in-front of 100s of people outside the mall.
On 23 March 2015, the “THE PEOPLE'S MARCH” against xenophobia took place in the city centre of Johannesburg. The march started at Pieter Roos Park in Hilbrow, and proceeded through the Johannesburg central business district, ending at the Mary Fitzgerald Square off in Newtown. Read more...
The Daily Beast, in collaboration with nine leading international human rights organizations, will host an unprecedented gathering of leading LGBT activists from around the world. The event, entitled "Quorum: Global LGBT Voices," will take place at the New York Public Library on Wednesday, December 10, designated Human Rights Day by the United Nations. Read more...
THURS 20 Nov, 9:00-13:00. Transgender and gender non-conforming learners in South Africa are experiencing discrimination and find themselves being ridiculed, taunted and shamed, often by those in positions of power. In response to and addressing the issues of the trans* learners in schools, TIA and Iranti are hosting a national social dialogue on the issues affecting these pupils. Read more...
The University of Cape Town, in collaboration with Triangle Project, has been working with a group of 15 young women who identify as lesbian or bisexual from Zonwabele LGBTI Organisation in Mbekweni, Paarl. The aim of this project is to use photography as an empowering method through which lesbian and bisexual youth can tell their stories and express their joys, challenges and aspirations. Read more...
Cape Town, 12 Aug 2014
Zethu Matebeni of UCT speaks at the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture
Dialogue Series. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet joined UCT Chancellor Mrs Graça Machel and distinguished panelists to participate in a Gender-in-Dialogue event in UCT's Jameson Hall on 10 August as part of the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Dialogue Series. Live streamed from the UCT homepage, the lively discussion featured influential thought-leaders, including Mbuyiselo Botha, Nomboniso Gasa and Zethu Matebeni. The event was chaired by Jane Bennet of the African Gender Institute. The event was facilitated by Yaliwe Clarke. Read more...
It is an honor for Iranti to host two leading feminist scholars and writers, Cheryl Clarke and E. Frances White.Reading and a discussion on Arts of Change. Join us for the lunch talk: 12 August 2014, 12h00-2pm @ Iranti, 281 Jan Smuts Ave, Corner Bompas 1st Floor Dunkeld West Centre. To enquire and to confirm contact Kaykay for more details on 078 376 3571. Read more...
A photogallery on the Critically Queer exhibition curated by Jabu Pereira from Iranti, and the colloquium on the crisis in Africa, curated by Dr Zethu Matebeni from Huma, UCT. Neo Musangi performed at the Jammie Stairs at UCT. Their performance is titled, Killing The Dead. Read more...
Cape Town, 1 June
The 2nd Transhealth, Advocacy and Research Conference is taking place in Cape Town, 31 May-2nd June. The focus of the conference is on looking at past discriminatory practices and finding new approaches for change at a policy, legal and wellness level. Read more...
New York City, United Nations Headquarters, 10-21 March 2014
The main theme for the session is: ”Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Read more...
19 March 2014, 14:30-16:00, Boss Room, Church Centre United Nations (CCUN), 777 United Nations Plaza, New York City
Sponsors: American Jewish World Service, Urgent Action Fund, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Mama Cash, Open Society Foundations and Red Umbrella Fund. Read more...
Please join us Thursday (tomorrow, March 13) at 5:30 for a conversation with Astraea and grantee partners Jabulani Pereira from Iranti and Kenita Placide from United & Strong, followed by a chance to relax, eat and hangout with local activists and the community from 6:30 on. Read more...
The KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg will also be hosting a poetry event on 27 Feb, and an interfaith discussion on 3 March. Read more...
Annual Core Group International Human Rights Day Event New York City, 10 December 2013
Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) at the United Nations headquarters in New York City next week. The theme, panel make-up, title of the event, and much else have been subject to the usual back-and-forth for these types of events. Feel free to voice your favorite shortcoming here--chances are we share your thoughts on many of them, whether you believe in the efficacy or usefulness of UN advocacy generally, this is an opportunity to celebrate the notion of universal rights, and to support our three colleagues on the panel: Tumi Mkhuma, Hida Viloria, and Anastasia Smirnova.
Others - NAVI PILLAY High Commissioner for Human Rights, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA Tennis Legend, JASON COLLINS NBA Basketball Player, ITUMELENG “TUMI” THANDEKA MKHUMA Human Rights Activist from South Africa, ANASTASIA SMIRNOVA Human Rights Activist from Russia, HIDA VILORIA Human Rights Activist from the USA. Read more...
"This day brings to our attention that transphobia is evident in both public and private spaces, and that systemic transphobia and gender-motivated killings are on the increase. We call on all human rights groups, the government, and our communities to protect all persons against violent attacks based on their gender identities. We will continue to gather evidence that aims to report on these violations, and we will seek justice for the victims and survivors of transphobic attacks.” Jabu C. Pereira, Director of Iranti. Read more...
ARC International, a partner of Iranti, is an important organisation in the area of LGBTI documentation and lobbying at the UN level. ARC International's directors, Kim Vance and John Fisher, visited the Iranti team at their offices to view a presentation on human rights documentation and the SOGI Resolution (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity).
Sweden, October 2013. Many a time in LGBTI movements we become so “accustomed” to the training and workshops provided by different stakeholders, that sometimes we fail to take the privileges and opportunities provided through these sessions seriously.Read more and go to the Gallery of the certificate ceremony celebrations.
South Africa, 26 October 2013. Johannesburg Pride took place in Sandton. In 2013 the Joburg Pride Committee announced that it was to shut its doors, however, a new Pride committee was formed and continued to organize despite criticism about racism and corporate sponsorship. Read more...
South Africa, 14 September 2013. Mafikeng Pride took place at the North West University. Mafikeng was a former homeland under apartheid, and has broken the shackles of oppression by organising LGBTIQ students on the campus and in the surrounding community. Kokeletso Legoete and Tumi Mkhuma from Iranti attended the festivities. Iranti is committed to building social movements and LGBTIQ visibility especially in rural communities. Read more...
South Africa, 5 October 2013. We will be taking to the streets of Johannesburg, on 5 October, reclaiming our pride and demanding Freedom and Justice for all. For the first ever Johannesburg People's Pride March. Read more...
Critically Queer challenges and explores through visual arts and documentary forms, ways in which sexuality and gender don't conform to traditional norms, and the abuse faced by those non-conforming. The exhibition forms part of a larger festival at the University of Johannesburg called, THATSOGAY.
Dr Jack “Judith” Halberstam’ theory workshop “No Church in the Wild: Anarchy and Gaga Feminism” hosted by the LGBTI Program at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town. Read more...
Iranti in partnership with Out in Africa, the South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, is aimed at celebrating the inclusion of the LGBTI community into the South African Constitution. The festival showcases films from around the world and helps promote the local film industry. Read more...
A memorial Event for Busi Sigasa and Buhle Msibi. Come celebrate the life and work of these two passionate and fearless human rights defenders, who had already made such a mark when they passed... @25. Read more...
It seems a celebration for human rights in Malawi as we learn of the decision of the President, Joyce Banda and the Justice Minister, to suspend all laws that criminalise homosexuality. This suspension means that no person “suspected” to be Gay, Lesbian or Transgender will be arrested. This suspension came too late for Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steve Monjeza. Read more...
It would almost be too simplistic to believe that LGBTI persons in South Africa are one rainbow nation, bonded together by their sexual identities. When the 1 in 9 campaign blockaded the Joburg Pride Parade, the organizers of the annual Joburg Pride immediately became aggressive and violent towards the 1 in 9 campaign group. Read more...
Solidarity and action against hate crimes. Durban Pride is an important calendar event in KwaZulu Natal. The June 2012 pride focused on hate crimes in South Africa. Iranti attended Durban Pride in solidarity with the KwaZulu Natal LGBTI community and to document the event. Read more...
A national protest against hate crimes and violence. Iranti, along with FEW, Open-Closet, Free Gender, Triangle Project and others called on all people in South Africa to spend 67 minutes in honor of Nelson Mandela by holding public pickets on the shame of governments silence on hate crimes. We named this 67 minutes of Shame. Held on Mandela’s birthday during which everyone is urged to dedicate 67 minutes of doing good in South Africa. 67 minutes of shame was conceptualized as a way of upholding Mandela’s values of equality and dignity for all. Read more...
Workshop ~ Human Rights challenges in relation to LGBTI persons
17 August 2012.
Iranti presented a workshop to the Foundation for Human Rights on human rights challenges in relation to LGBTI persons. This workshop will help guide the Foundation for Human Right on developing its programme interventions on sexual orientation.
"ArtsWork: Women in the arts in Africa" project launches its first series of talks on different themes about women, gender and the arts. ArtsWork is a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, conceptualised with Nontobeko Ntombela and Jabu Pereira. The talks take place at the Parking gallery which is hosted by VANSA. Read more...
The expansive definition of the subversive has reached beyond certain hetero-feminist definitions and has had to include other practices of subversion such as defined by Munoz as “Disidentifications”. Read more...
Panellists convened to discuss gender-motivated violence against women and will explore current research, gaps and challenges, actions taken by the UN and other bodies, and strategies to address this critical issue. Read more...
The programme will include input from LGBTI youth, parents of deceased children and members of the community. Iranti will also hold an exhibition of its photographic and video documentation on hate crimes. Read more...
Rio Olympics 2016
Rio, 17 August 2016
Later today we will watch South Africa’s Caster Semenya compete in the Rio Olympics. She disturbs stereotypical assumptions that inform how women are classified, and like a number of women competing in the Olympics, her body has come under scrutiny.
Caster has shown a tremendous amount of strength and determination in the face of public scrutiny focused at her gender rather than her resilience, amazing performance and athletic talent. We condemn the patriarchal Western bio-medical imperialism reflected in media coverage and by the IAAF and stand with Caster as she runs for gold at 4pm SAST. Caster ke Mokgadi! #HandsOffCaster
Events • Queer film festival for Human rights day 2018
Homosexuality has long been a taboo in many societies. Of the ten countries that still punish this “forbidden” love with a death sentence, four are on the African continent.
Thursday 19 January 2017, 18:30 Artist in conversation with Barbara (Cote d’Ivoire) and Sabelo Mlangeni (SA). Moderated by Jabu Pereira
20:00 Opening of Exhibition
Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg 2193
Raymond Dakoua, who was born in Cote d’Ivoire, but has lived many years in Brussels, graduated in Photography and Accounting from École Agnes Varda in Brussels in 2002. In 2003, he founded the collective Luna, together with six other photographers.
Barbara is a trans activist from the Ivory Coast, currently residing in France. Having participated in the launch of the Association of Transvestites of Côte d'Ivoire and been the head of one of the first movements to defend the rights of homosexuals and transsexuals in Africa in the nineties.
Sabelo Mlangeni was born in 1980 in Driefontein near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. In 2001 he moved to Johannesburg where he joined the Market Photo Workshop, graduating in 2004.
South Africa, 22 September 2016
Yesterday, the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) regretfully announced the postponement of Soweto Pride 2016. The postponement is a result of being bullied by state entities intent on stamping out and discouraging all forms of political protest.
The video examines the issues behind the postponement, including the state's request that FEW - a non-profit organisation, pay for police protection because of the public holiday, increased policing requirements of queer black bodies within the event, requirements to arrange additional private security guards, and to capitalize and commercialize Soweto Pride. The suspension leaves us with the question queer black and trans bodies confront daily; who's streets?
Vosloorus Social Dialogue
SOCIAL DIALOGUE IN VOSLOORUS
27 February 2016, South Africa
Tisa Tshireletso (TT), is a young LGBTI community based organisation rooted in Vosloorus and was established because of the increased violence affecting the community. Since is early beginnings in August 2011, the Vosloorus LGBTI community are more organised and responsive to the issues.
Black Lesbians in Vosloorus are at the forefront of seeking out changes for the LGBTI community, and most recently, TT organised a social dialogue at the Vosloorus Child Welfare centre. In January 2016, key organisers from TT, mainly Sweeto and Matshidiso were determined to have an engagement between the LGBTI community and the health care sector in Vosloorus. Some of the keys in the health care centres relate to prejudice the LGBTI community face based on socio-economic status, gender identity and sexual orientation.
The dialogue was vigorous and informative but unfortunately despite agreeing to attend the dialogue, the health care practitioners from government did not attend. A major draw back, however, the community wanted to share their frustrations and difficulties when accessing health care services.
Ziggy Nkosi a student at Wits University and a member of the LGBTI group said, “I often have difficulties with accessing services largely due to ignorant health care workers who don’t understand trans health care.”
Matshidiso Mofokeng of Tisa Tshireletso welcomes the guests who have attended the Tisa Tshireletso Social Dialogue, Vosloorus Child Welfare. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Tisa Tshireletso set up an information desk with information on LGBTI rights. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
People marked the register before the proceedings of the social dialogue. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Members of the South African Council of Churches led the day in prayer and song before the Social dialogue started. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Ziggy Nkosi from the Wits LGBTI was one of the panellists who spoke about his transition. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Reading one of the pamphlets on LGBTI rights. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Mama Dudu of SACC speaks out as a parent and a member of the church. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Limpopo Queer Conversations
5 March Queer Conversations in Limpopo
27 February 2016, South Africa
On the 5 March 2016, Iranti will host LIMPOPO QUEER CONVERSATIONS a social dialogue and film screening in Polokwane, Limpopo. We hope to bring together 25 enthusiastic LGBTI activists from all 5 districts namely Mopani, Vhembe, Waterberg, Sekhukhune and Capricorn. This event will comprise two interactive sessions, the first a screening of a few LGBTIQ films and the second a dialogue on the advocacy required in Limpopo as a province.
Zwakala is an Iranti programme funded by the European Union. The Zwakala programme works in three provinces, Gauteng, North West and Limpopo. Zwakala is a Zulu word meaning speak out, be visible, be noticeable and be recognized.
Over the next two years, Iranti will work with LGBTI groups and
Empower human rights defenders to document and report on human rights violations
Strengthen LGBTI groups to undertake effective advocacy
Improve research and documentation on hate crimes and other human rights violations
For more information contact Zachary: 082 084 5237
History made: Photos from Africa Trans* Day of Visibility
South Africa, 5 December 2015
On the 5 December 2015, Iranti hosted its first Africa Trans* Visibility Day at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, which brought together Transgender activists from Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Namibia. Read more and see the gallery.
African Trans* Visibility Day panel discussion moderated by Jabu Pereira with Shawn Mugisha from Uganda, Ricki Kgositau from Botswana, Tampose Mothopeng from Lesotho, and Jholerina Timbo from Namibia.
Kalamazoo College Global Prize - $25,000
Global, 16 March 2015
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is an initiative of Kalamazoo College whose mission is to support the pursuit of human rights and social justice by developing emerging leaders and sustaining existing leaders in the field of human rights and social justice, creating a pivotal role for liberal arts education in engendering a more just world.
The Kalamazoo College Global Prize awards $25,000 to an innovative and collaborative social justice leadership project from around the globe. The competition honors and uplifts grassroots work that challenges structural inequality and centers the voices of those most impacted by an injustice.
Up to 10 finalists receive all-expense paid trip to Kalamazoo College to present their projects on campus, and a panel of community-wide and national jurors determines the semi-finalists and winner, respectively. The Global Prize ceremony is a dynamic weekend where the finalists share best practices with each other and the entire K community, who learn about these cutting-edge projects, interact personally with the finalists, and ultimately find inspiration for their own social justice-related pursuits. for more information...
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”
Will you sponsor the Run for Iranti team? This Sunday 30 August 2015
we will run/walk the 10km race of the Mandela Day Marathon in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. We are raising funds for Iranti, a visual media NGO in Johannesburg. Iranti films stories of love and loss, joy and hurt, giving voice to lesbian and transgender persons who are increasingly marginalized and prosecuted across the African continent. You can make a donation via PayPal on www.iranti.org.za. Let’s get moving for equal rights for all.
Compiled by Ayanda Msiza, documenting and media officer at Iranti.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an internationally recognised commemoration for the trans community which takes place on 20 November of each year. Today marks it’s 15th year, and today we remember and mourn the people we have lost through hate, intolerance and violence. TDOR is not a single event in a single location, but an event commemorated the world over – it is an event created to recognise and draw attention to the growing problem of violence and abuse towards trans people.
Critically Queer exhibition
South Africa, November 2013
Critically Queer is a provoking exhibition on so many levels. The gallery space has been a space that queers controversially inhabit. There is a tension between the space and the queer intention. Our lives as exhibited are staged and appear on a stage. (Zethu Matebeni)
The community talks about acceptance, violence and loss.
Dr Jack-Judith Halberstam
19 August 2013
Dr Jack “Judith” Halberstams’ theory workshop “No Church in the Wild: Anarchy and Gaga Feminism” hosted by the LGBTI Program at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town