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Moving Global Intersex Rights Forward

Over the last while, Iranti has been making bold and important moves to further intersex rights on the African continent, and across the globe.  During September 2022, our Intersex Rights Officer, Crystal Hendricks, had the opportunity to meet with Permanent Missions in Geneva for Uruguay, Canada, Australia, Finland, and the Netherlands. During the meetings, she...

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Gender Marker changes made a little easier in South Africa

Since March this year, Iranti partnered with the Department of Home Affairs to do Road Trips around the country to assist transgender and intersex persons by bringing name change and gender marker change services directly to the community. Although the South African laws such as the Alternation of Sex Description and Sex Status Act (Act...

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SOGIE Rights on the African Continent

Iranti was invited to the Regional High Level Convening and presented on the lived experiences of queer persons and communities on the African continent, as well as the advocacy and litigation strategies being explored to further LGBTIQ rights and protections in the region. The convening was hosted by the Network of African National Human Rights...

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Advocacy Week at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Our acting Co-ED, Jade Jacobs-Wort, attended the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Advocacy Week hosted by ILGA World and COC Netherlands. This was the first in-person UPR Advocacy Week in over two years and we are excited to be a part of it. At this Advocacy Week, we had the opportunity to attend the pre-info sessions...

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ABOUT US

Dignity, Equality and Freedom. Iranti is a Johannesburg-based media-advocacy organisation which advocates for the rights of LGBTI+ persons, with specific…

OUR WORK

What we do and why

RESEARCH & ARCHIVE

Iranti means “memory” in Yoruba and as such we are committed to telling the stories of lesbian, transgender and intersex persons in our region. These stories and our history as a community do not exist in a vacuum, and we understand the need for evidence-based research, data analysis and documentation. One of Iranti’s key strategic...

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DOCUMENTATION

Iranti is a media-advocacy organisation, and we pride ourselves in our ability to document LGBTI+ activities and milestones, and tell LGBTI+ stories, through the tactical use of multimedia storytelling. We believe that participation of lesbians, gender non-conforming, trans and intersex persons in owning their stories is essential to the creation of a just and equitable...

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ADVOCACY

Iranti’s work, from media production to research, is all done in the service of lesbian, transgender and intersex advocacy and activism. We envision a just world where everyone lives with dignity, respect and equality and where different sexual orientations and gender identities are celebrated, but this cannot happen without meaningful, impactful and targeted advocacy. The...

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MOVEMENT BUILDING

We believe that we as a community are stronger together, and that it is in our best interests as an organisation, and in the interests of the LGBTI+ community in Africa, to collaborate, share skills and exchange knowledge whenever possible. Therefore, one of our strategic outcomes sees us working toward stronger organisations and movements of...

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COMBATING STIGMA

One of Iranti’s four strategic objectives is to increase visibility of, and seek immediate redress for, human rights violations of lesbians, gender non-conforming, trans and intersex persons. This outcome area includes impactful media reporting and advocacy, real time reporting of those violations and other critical moments and opportunities for shifting public opinion, actions and changing...

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FACTS ABOUT US

While Iranti and our allies across the continent have made great strides in advocating for LGBTI equality in recent years, many in our community face ongoing hostility, violence, prejudice and criminalisation. These numbers do not represent the whole picture, but are a snapshot of the situation in the region.

60
Known cases of violence against LGBTI persons in South Africa alone.
08
Confirmed convictions against perpetrators of anti-LGBTI violence in South Africa
34
African countries that still criminalise homosexuality
03
Southern African countries that allow transgender people to change their gender marker tic

A FEW OF OUR FUNDING PARTNERS

It takes many hands to make it work!

Heinrich Boll Stiftung
Heinrich Böll Foundation
The Baring Foundation
OSISA
RFSL
COC Nederland
Astraea
The Other Foundation
Arcus Foundation

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