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PRESS RELEASE: Iranti Announces Search for New Executive Director

October 13, 2021Press Release Iranti, a South African-based advocacy organisation that advocates for the rights of LGBTI+ persons across Africa, has announced a search for a new executive director. Calling it a bold and commendable move, Board chairperson Tashwill Esterhuizen said founding director Jabu Pereira was stepping down after 10 years. “Iranti has shown consistent…

Hate crimes and hate speech Bill give hope for justice

Throughout October, South Africa commemorates Pride Month with the rest of Africa. However, hate crimes towards the LGBTI+ community give little room for celebration. Most recently on October 3, Andile Blessing Zondi from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal was attacked and beaten by a group of men while out with friends and was “left for dead”.  The Prevention…

Debunking the falsities surrounding Intersex and Transgender people

“When surgeries are performed on Intersex children, parents are often coerced into it because they’re not educated on the topic – this can lead to mental health issues in the Intersex community.” These are the words of Iranti Programmes Officer Crystal Hendricks during an interview with Talk Radio 702’s Clement Manyathela on Thursday, 7 October….

Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) LGBTI+ Right to equality and non-discrimination questionnaire

The CGE is in the process of soliciting public contributions that will inform its work on LGBTI rights and the achievement of equality and non-discrimination with respect to sexual and gender expression in South Africa. Commissioner Deyi would like to invite state organs, the public and civil society organisations to respond to the questionnaire below….

Work with us: Trans Rights Advocacy Programme Officer Vacancy

Iranti is recruiting for a regional position of a Trans Rights Advocacy Programme Officer. The Trans Rights: Self Determination and Legal Gender Recognition Programme Across the African region, Trans and non-binary persons face discrimination on the grounds of their gender identity, gender expression, and find themselves outside of the state human rights care and systems…

Depathologised healthcare crucial for LGBTQIA+ community

Violence, institutionalised discrimination and unequal healthcare are just some of the issues the LGBTQIA+ community continuously has to fight. Iranti Executive Director Jabu Pereira points out that building our community in a hostile environment is often difficult. “We are either fighting the medical world and changing their hearts and minds and now we have this…

[STATEMENT] Call for Action after UCT VC’s Harmful Seminar on LGBTQA+ Community

September 7, 2021 The Gender Diversity Coalition is calling for urgent action in the wake of a harmful and hurtful public seminar hosted by UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng on social media platforms this weekend. The Gender Diversity Coalition notes the letter from the University of Cape Town dated 6 September in response to the seminar held on…