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

 

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Upcoming events

Iranti-org covers LGBTI events on the African continent. Let Jabu (getinfo@iranti.org.za) know if you want to be on our mailing list.

 

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#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!

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Erotics Survey 2017

26 July 2017 - 17 August 2017, Global

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

bullet Working toward Pan-African Trans and Intersex Advocacy Leadership

By Kellyn Botha, South Africa, 8 July 2017

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.

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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…

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CLOSED Call for applications to participate in Iranti-org’s 2017 Leadership & Wellness Training, 21-29 June 2017, Johannesburg South Africa. Applications close 19 May 2017

Read more.... or Download the Application Form

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Audition sheet for trans webseries – I Rise; and, Purple

Audition 27 March 2017, Shoot date 14-17 April

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Free Space Event: Queer Safe Sex - forums on consent and sexual pleasure and an open mic session for sharing information or artwork. Read more...

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Iranti-org celebrates International Women’s Day, 2017
On International Women's Day we must remember that womxn come in all forms, and that feminism without intersectionality is not true feminism. Read more...

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3rd Trans Health Conference, Johannesburg

The 3rd Biennial Conference on Trans Health, Advocacy and Research kicked off on 23 Febraury 2017. VIDEO

Articile about the Conference and PHOTO GALLERY

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Iranti-org engaging in the Hate Crimes Bill Process in North West

South Africa, 11 November 2016

In the final quarter of 2016, on 11 November 2016, approximately 100 individuals and organisations attended a public engagement hosted by Iranti-org, 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.

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Hate Crimes Bill Conversation Kelly Gillespie

South Africa, 30 January 2017
In the second video of Iranti-org’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.

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Gender Affirming Healthcare Conference
South Africa, 19 November 2016
As part of Iranti-org’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-org 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.
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A place to call their own by Raymond Dakoua

South Africa, 19 January 2017

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.

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Call to Action on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (HCB)

South Africa, 13 December 2016

Iranti-org calls on everyone in the sector to engage with the process regarding the Drafting of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (HCB).

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Jacobus Witbooi of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) passes away from malaria

24 November 2016

Funeral 30 November 2016

Memorial 7 December 2016

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South Africa, 10 November 2016

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

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2016 Intersex Solidarity Day

In honor of Intersex Solidarity Day, Abraham and Dimakatso Sebidi share with us their journeys from Dimakatso's birth until now. Watch the video.

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Northern Winter Workshops in South Africa Decolonising Gender and Sexuality

South Africa, 27 October

Time: 11am-1pm
Workshop with Jabu Pereira
Iranti-org Office
3rd Floor, 87 De Korte Str., Braamfontein
Johannesburg (SA)
Open to 10-15 people, please RSVP
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bullet 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
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Queer Pride is African Pride Exhibition (Panel Discussion)

South Africa, 19 October 2016

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-org 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

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Critical Race Feminisms ~
Crossing borders and generations with E. Francis White

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

Click here for the invite for the Symposium

Click here for the invite for the Exhibition

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Queer Pride is African Pride

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-org 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

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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?

Watch the interview with FEW on Iranti Media

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DATE: 15 September 2016, 17h30
VENUE: Wits University
MORE INFO and RSVP
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Run for Iranti-org: Mandela Marathon

The Mandela Marathon is a two day run inspired by the life of anti-Apartheid struggle hero, Nelson Mandela. The Marathon will take place on the 27-28 August 2016 in Howick

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Pan African IlGA Regional LGBTI Conference 2016

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.

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Queer Conversations in Limpopo 2016

We hope to bring together 25 enthusiastic LGBTI activists from all 5 districts namely Mopani, Vhembe, Waterberg, Sekhukhune and Capricorn. Read more...

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Social Dialogue in Vosloorus 2016

Tisa Tshireletso (TT), is a young LGBTI community based organisation rooted in Vosloorus and was established because of the increased violence affecting the community.

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Trans* Health Conversations 2016

South Africa, 7 February 2016

We’ll have two interactive sessions; with Kris Randjelovic and Dr Anastasia Tomson

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Trans* Day of Visibility 2015

South Africa, 5 December 2015

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...

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Iranti Office Launch 2015
South Africa, 11 November 2015

VIDEO. Iranti-org was founded in 2012. Three years later, Iranti-org has become a vibrant project space for LBTI activists in the region. We share our offices with Pan Africa ILGA. Watch the video...

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11th Annual Soweto Pride March

South Africa, 26 September 2015

Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) organized yet another successful Soweto pride march. Read more and see the gallery...

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Vaal LGBTI Pride affected by poor safety
South Africa, 5 September 2015

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…

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Fund-Raising by Kuromo 2015

South Africa, 30 August 2015

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-org, a visual media NGO in Johannesburg. Read more... on this page on the right

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Vaal Pride 2015

South Africa, 4 September 2015

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-org will be attending Vaal Pride in solidarity "Love knows no gender".

bullet Iranti-org’s work during 2015 on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) processes in Swaziland and Tanzania
South Africa, July and August 2015
Iranti-org and Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) hosted two Universal Periodic Review (UPR) workshops, in Swaziland (co-hosted by Rock of Hope and Gender Dynamix) and in Tanzania (co-hosted by Tanzania Trans Initiative). Read more...
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Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg (GLOR) Sports and Recreation Day
29 August 2015, 8h00-17h00 @ Olympia Park Stadium.
Register to participate.

For more info: rustenburgpride@gmail.com

Downloads:
GDSD Participants Indemnity Form2.pdf (75KB)
GDSD Participation Application Form4.pdf (375KB)
GDSD Stalls Application Form3.pdf (275KB)

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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-org.Read more...

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IDAHOT 2015

South Africa, 17 May

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.
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Collective Action against Xenophobia: is “POWER”

Johannesburg, 2 May 2015

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...

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Quorum: Global #LGBT Voices

New York, 4 December 2014

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...

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Social Dialogue - Iranti.org and Transgender Intersex Africa (TIA) at Con-Hill, Johannesburg
South Africa, 20 November 2018

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-org are hosting a national social dialogue on the issues affecting these pupils. Read more...

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Women Leadership Training at ILGA 2014
Mexico, 28 October 2014

ILGA LAC’s amazing women leaders, Gloria Careaga and Josefina Valencia Toledano invited 20 feminist leaders from across the world to a women’s leadership training programme. Read more...

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An invitation to the Consultative Forum with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) dealing with gender-based violence

Benoni, South Africa, 6 November 2012

This is a United Nations (UN) endorsed awareness raising campaign that takes place every year from 25 Nov to 10 Dec. Read more...

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Cheryl Clarke and E. Frances White Feminist Scholars Reader Seminar

Johannesburg, 12 August 2014

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"Chained sexualities": A photography exhibition by lesbian youth

Paarl, South Africa, 16 August 2014

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...

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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...

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Feminist scholars, Clarke and White, to speak at Iranti-org

Johannesburg, 12 August 2014

It is an honor for Iranti-org 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-org, 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...

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UN resolution on the definition of the family

United Nations, 26 June 2014

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Queer in Africa: Confronting the Crisis

Cape Town, 11 June 2014

A photogallery on the Critically Queer exhibition curated by Jabu Pereira from Iranti-org, 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...

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Transgender & Health, Advocacy and Research Conference

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...

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IDAHOT 2014

Johannesburg, Constitution Hill, 17 May

Iranti-org is hosting a large-scale IDAHO event with ARASA, IHAWU,
Tulo ya Kagiso, Pan Africa Ilga, Constitution Hill, Vutha,
and Uthingo - The Rainbow. Read more...

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Special Commission on the Status of Women

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...

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Sex Work is Work

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...

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Meet the Activist hosted by SOGI in New York

New York City, 12 March 2014

Please join us Thursday (tomorrow, March 13) at 5:30 for a conversation with Astraea and grantee partners Jabulani Pereira from Iranti-org 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...

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The Gay and Lesbian Network is hosting a hate crimes exhibition

Pietermaritzburg, 7 February - 7 March 2014

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...

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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...

 

WATCH LIVE on 10 December
For more info: RSVP by Friday to rsvp@iglhrc.org or 212.430.6033

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) 2013

South Africa, 20 November 2013

"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-org. Read more...

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Iranti-org's LGBTI Media-Makers Training Programme

Shifting LGBTI Human Rights Reporting, Reporting Safely with Media Digital and “Analogue” Tools

Submission deadline: 25 November 2013
When: first week February 2014

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Iranti-org team presents to ARC International

South Africa, November 2013

ARC International, a partner of Iranti-org, 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-org team at their offices to view a presentation on human rights documentation and the SOGI Resolution (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity).

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Rainbow Leaders workshop in Sweden 2013

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.

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Limpopo Pride 2013

South Africa, October 2013

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Soweto Pride 2013

South Africa, October 2013

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Ekhuruleni Pride 2013

South Africa, October 2013

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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...

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Mafikeng Pride September 2013

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-org attended the festivities. Iranti-org is committed to building social movements and LGBTIQ visibility especially in rural communities. Read more...

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People's Pride 2013

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...

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Critically Queer art exhibition

South Africa, 10-17 September 2013

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.

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Dr Jack “Judith” Halberstam workshop

South Africa, 19 August 2013

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...

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Dr Jian workshop

South Africa, 8 Aug 2013

Iranti-org hosts Dr Jian Chen's workshop Queer and Transgender Social Change Approaches using New Media. Read more...

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IDAHOT 2013

South Africa, 17 May 2013
Iranti-org hosted the first large-scale IDAHOT celebrations in southern Africa on 17 May. There was an entire day of social, political and art activism. Read more...

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SOGI Conference 2013
Sweden, 15-16 April 2013

Iranti-org was one of the 200 organisations participating in the Oslo conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). Read more...

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Out in Africa film workshop 2013

South Africa, 13 April 2013

Iranti-org 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...

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Inkanyiso presents @25
South Africa, 6 April 2013

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...

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Iranti-org invites Chief Madzikane II to speak

South Africa, 11 March 2013

Breakfast roundtable discussion with with King Madzikane II on traditional values and sexual orientation. Read more...

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The Story of Tiwonge Chimbalanga

South Africa, January 2013

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...

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Joburg Pride 2012

South Africa, 6 October 2012

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...

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Durban Natal Pride 2012

South Africa, June 2012

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-org attended Durban Pride in solidarity with the KwaZulu Natal LGBTI community and to document the event. Read more...

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67 Minutes of Shame 2012

South Africa, 18 July 2012

A national protest against hate crimes and violence. Iranti-org, 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...

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Workshop ~ Human Rights challenges in relation to LGBTI persons

17 August 2012.

Iranti-org 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.

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ArtsWork ~ Women in the arts in Africa

South Africa, August 2012.

"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...

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Workshop ~ Queerness, Identity and Sexuality within the Arts

South Africa, 15 August 2012.

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...

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Wits Poetry Festival

South Africa, 4 December 2012

Neo Musangi reading her poetry at the Lucky Bean, Mellville at the Wits Poetry Festival. Read more...

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Workshop ~ Media Training for Young LGBTI Activists

South Africa, 26 September 2012

Iranti-org, has been in collaboration with media activist, award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist, Spectra. Read more...

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16 Days of Activism 2012

South Africa, 8 December 2012

The community talks about acceptance, violence and loss. South African parents, community leaders and LGBTQI  youth talk about acceptance, violence and loss at Iranti-org’s historical event. Read more...

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ARC International panel

South, Africa, 13 December 2012

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...

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KwaThemba Pride 2012

South Africa, 1 December 2012

The programme will include input from LGBTI youth, parents of deceased children and members of the community. Iranti-org will also hold an exhibition of its photographic and video documentation on hate crimes. Read more...

   

 

Rio Olympics 2016

Caster Semenya

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

 

Caster Semenya - poem by Jackie Mondi Rio Olympics 2016

 

 

Moments

 

Events • African Commission on Human Rights

A PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN BY
RAYMOND DAKOUA

Raymond Dakoua in conversation at the Goethe Institut 19 January 2017

South Africa, 19 January 2017

 

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.

 

EVENT
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.

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Jacobus Witbooi memorial service

Jacubus Witbooi memorial funeral 2016 December

 

Symposium E. Francis White

New York University Gallatin Galleries Symposium E. Francis White

 

New York University ~ Gallatin Galleries ~ E.Francis White
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

Critical Race Feminisms - Crossing borders and generations with E. Francis White Symposium

Click here to see or doCritical Race Feminisms - Crossing borders and generations with E. Francis White Symposium wnload the large invite for the Symposium

 

Click here to see or download the large invite for the Exhibition

 

FEW ~ SOWETO PRIDE POSTPONED

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?

 

 

Queer Pride is African Pride 2016 Iranti-org

 

Vosloorus Social Dialogue

SOCIAL DIALOGUE IN VOSLOORUS

By Iranti-org

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, Tisa Tshireletso

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

Tisa Tshireletso set up an information desk with information on LGBTI rights. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Registering for the Vosloorus Queer Dialogue 2016

People marked the register before the proceedings of the social dialogue. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

South African Council of Churches members

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 Nokos, Wits LGBTI group

Ziggy Nkosi from the Wits LGBTI was one of the panellists who spoke about his transition. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Gay rights pamphlets

Reading one of the pamphlets on LGBTI rights. Photo by: Gugu Mandla   

Mama Dudu of SACCMama 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

Limpopo Queer Conversations Zwakala

27 February 2016, South Africa

On the 5 March 2016, Iranti-org 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-org 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-org will work with LGBTI groups and
individuals to:

  1. Empower human rights defenders to document and report on human rights violations
  2. Strengthen LGBTI groups to undertake effective advocacy
  3. Improve research and documentation on hate crimes and other human rights violations

For more information contact Zachary: 082 084 5237

z.shimange@gmail.com or ayanda@iranti.org.za

 

Trans Health Conversations 2016

 

AFRICA TRANS* VISIBILITY DAY

History made: Photos from Africa Trans* Day of Visibility

 

South Africa, 5 December 2015

On the 5 December 2015, Iranti-org 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.

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.

 

PRIZE OFFERED

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...

 

Go to Kalamazoo College Arcus Centre to read more.

 

Kalamazoo College Global Prize 25000

 

RUN/WALK FOR IRANTI

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”
Nelson Mandela

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-org, a visual media NGO in Johannesburg. Iranti-org 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.
Will you donate, will you run with us?
Click here for more details

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

Video by Ayanda Msiza of Iranti-org

 

Compiled by Ayanda Msiza, documenting and media officer at Iranti-org.

 

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)

 

Critically Queer exhibition, podcast report by Jabu Perreira

 

Media Training Workshop

Spectraspeaks

Workshop ~ Media Training for Young LGBTI Activists

South Africa, 26 September 2012

With Spectraspeaks.

 

67 Minutes of Shame

16 Days of Activism

67 Minutes of Shame

South Africa, 8 December 2012

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

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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