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advocacy organisation
that defends the rights of Lesbians, Transgender
and Intersex persons
in Africa. 

 

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Africa by country • Zimbabwe

Ricky Nathanson's Story

18 May 2018

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), we stand with Ricky Nathanson. Ricky faced degrading abuse in her home country of Zimbabwe, simply for being transgender. She was targeted for using a women’s bathroom, and arrested when she would not pay a twenty-dollar bribe. Ricky is the Director of Trans Research, Education, Advocacy, and Training (TREAT), a trans-focused organization in Zimbabwe. We are honor her resilience and agency in refusing to accept the status quo through taking the case to court and working to ensuring a better future for all LGBT people in the country and beyond. All across the region, the law is twisted and abused by those with homophobic and transphobic sentiments. Like Ricky, we will rise against stigma and discrimination and stand strong in our call for accountability from governments, call for freedom, equality and dignity for all!

 

 

 

Press Releases • freedom day 2018

Freedom Day Statement

 

27 April 2018, South Africa

Dear South Africa, we need to talk.
Most of us know that the 27th of April, our Freedom Day, signifies the end of an oppressive era. Our country boasts a strong constitution, and is one of the most developed countries in Africa. On this day we celebrate our constitutional democracy and all the benefits that it has brought to us. Yet, how many of us are actually free? Read more...

 

HATE CRIMES • Freedom Day 2018

VIDEO South African Hate Crimes:
Lerato Moloi

 

27 April 2018, South Africa
Lerato "Tambai" Moloi was brutally murdered in Naledi Township, Soweto, at the height of the #MenAreTrash movement. Yet, countless queer women like herself still live in fear. Today is Freedom Day, but the LGBTI community in South Africa is far from free. We demand meaningful justice for Lerato! We demand freedom! Watch on YouTube.

 

VIDEO South African Hate Crimes:
Nonki Smous

 

27 April 2018, South Africa

South Africa's LGBTI community has suffered a spate of hate crimes in recent years. This Freedom Day, we call for justice for Nonki Smous who was murdered and burned, shocking the community of Kroonstad!
Watch on YouTube.

 

VIDEO South African Hate Crimes:
Lesley Makousa

 

27 April 2018, South Africa
On Freedom Day we remember Lesley Makousa, who was brutally murdered in the North West Province, to the horror of his community. South Africa is not free unless we are all free. Stand with the LGBTI community in calling for justice today! Watch on YouTube.

 

Trans News • Trans Health without borders

“Trans Health Without Borders”
debate truly borderless

By Joshua Sehoole and Kellyn Botha

Jholerina Timbo (left) from Namibia discusses the issue of meaningful language-use within the LGBTIcommunity with Pinty Dludlu (right) of eSwatini (Swaziland). Photo by: Kellyn Botha

Jholerina Timbo (left) from Namibia discusses the issue of meaningful language-use within the LGBTIcommunity with Pinty Dludlu (right) of eSwatini (Swaziland). Photo by: Kellyn Botha

 

23 April 2018, South Africa

On 18 and 19 April 2018, Iranti hosted a “Trans Leadership and Planning” meeting with trans activists from from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, eSwatini (Swaziland) and Malawi to discuss a improving gender-affirming health care. Read more...

 

Hate Crimes • FAKE NEWS out of mamelodi

FAKE NEWS ALERT:
Death of a lesbian in Mamelodi not verified

 

10 April 2018, South Africa

It has come to our attention that a story has been circulating on social media and some local radio stations, alleging that a lesbian woman was raped multiple times, and later died, after being put into a cell with 19 men at the Mamelodi Police Station in Gauteng.

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World Health Day 2018

 

world health day

 

April 6, 2018

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.

 

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Intersex News • World Health Day 2018

On the bench: Sidelined for being Intersex

 

 

7 April 2018, South Africa

7 April is World Health Day, and in 2018 Iranti is dedicated to highlighting the many health violations and social stigma faced by intersex persons across the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zwakala • Newsletter edition 3

Zwakala newsletter 2 News edition 2

 

April 2018

Edition 3 of ZwaKala Speaks! is here, with your latest updates around ZwaKala Project. Download it here...


Be sure to contact kellyn@iranti.org.za for more information and to submit your contributions for Edition 4!

 

Africa by country • south africa

Civil Union Amendment Act

 

24 April 2018, South Africa

Early in 2016, the Department of Home Affairs met with LGBTI civil society, including Iranti, to discuss progress and challenges on the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Union Bill.

 

Organisations raised a variety of issues that the Department of Home Affairs needed to address, including gender marker changes for transgender individuals, birth registration for intersex children, and marriage inequality due to the discriminatory provision in section 6 of the Civil Union Bill. This section has had a severe impact, and only 28,6% of Home Affairs branches have marriage officers who are willing to marry same-sex couples.

 

We welcome the current action to overturn section 6, which has created this situation, through allowing for civil service marriage officers to decline to solemnise civil unions of couples of the same gender. This is the only instance where a marriage officer is entitled to refuse to solemnise a union.

We urge civil society and members of the public to submit their comments of support on the amendment to make it in line with human rights standards, through following this link by 28 April 2018. It’s an important action that will only take a few minutes of your time!  

 

Please click here to send a preprepared letter to Parliament:

 

text of preprepared email to south african parliament about the civil union amendment act 2018

 

Profiles • Phumzi Manana

Welcome to our Media and
Communications Manager:
Phumzi Manana

by Kellyn Botha

 

Phumzi Manana

 

11 April 2018, South Africa

Iranti is proud to announce the newest member to our management team, Phumzi Manana who has taken on the role of Media and Communications Manager, heading up the media team. As our team grows, so does our media-making knowledge, and in turn so does our ability to document the lived experiences of queer Africans, in an attempt to bring impactful stories to the public.

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Profiles • Lihle Ngcoboz

Welcome to our Researcher:
Lihle Ngcobozi

by Kellyn Botha

 

Lihle Ngcobozi

 

11 April 2018, South Africa

Iranti would like to say a warm welcome our latest addition to the team, Lihle Ngcobozi, who has taken up the position of Researcher with us. Originally from Durban, Lihle moved to Grahamstown where she studied Politics and Legal Theory, achieving a Masters in International Studies.

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Profiles • Lungile Maquba

Welcome to Intersex South Africa’s first employee: Lungile Maquba

by Kellyn Botha

 

Lungile Maquba

 

11 April 2018, South Africa

Iranti is proud to announce that we are now hosting Lungile ‘Luh’ Maquba, ISSA’s first formal employee, who will work closely with our team to promote the organisation and build towards financial independence!

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Resources • National Intersex Meeting report 2018

South African National Engagement Report on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Intersex People

National Intersex Meeting Report Cover

7 April 2018, South Africa

Every year on 7 April is World Health Day – a day marking the establishment of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. Under this year’s them of #HealthForAll, we release the South African report on the National Engagement on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Intersex People.

 

ISSA logo (intersex South Africa)

 

Lungile Maquba                                                                              
Coordinator: Intersex South Africa

lungile@intersexsa.org.za 

Iranti org logo

 

Joshua Sehoole

Advocacy Manager: Iranti
joshua@iranti.org.za

 

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