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


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Activist profile • Prudence Mabele

Iranti-org’s farewell to
Prudence Mabele


Prudence Mabele

Prudence Nobantu Mabele passed away at the age of 47. Her HIV/AIDS advocacy saved and inspired countless lives around the world. Image source: African Feminist Forum


12 July 2017, South Africa

Iranti-org mourns the loss of a South African hero, Prudence Mabele, who passed away on Monday 10 July. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, and all those who have been touched by the courageous work she has undertaken for two and a half decades.


In 1992, Mabele became the first black woman to reveal her HIV status, and went on to become the President of The Society for Women and AIDS. Her search for support and other women like her in the early 90s remained a challenge, so in 1996 along with five other women, Mabele founded the Positive Women’s Network to bring women living with HIV/AIDS together and create a stigma-free environment for those living with HIV. Read more...


Zwakala ~ zwakala newsletter

ZwaKala News header

June 2017

We are excited to announce the release of ZwaKala Speaks!, the official newsletter of Iranti's ZwaKala project. Here you can find updates about our work with grassroots organisations in the region, as well as work from ZwaKala members. Tap into the pulse of grassroots activism; see what we're up to; download here!" Download it here...


Events • 16 June 2017

16 June: A non-celebratory day

by Kellyn Botha

-	Responding to the brutal murder of Lerato “Tambai” Moloi, LGBT activists marched through the streets of Naledi, Soweto, to express their outrage. Photo by Gugu Mandla

South Africa, 16 June 2017

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…


africa by country • Kenyan name change victory

Name Change Victory for Trans Kenyans


9 June 2017, Kenya

All Kenyans have the legal right to change their names- but for decades government officials would refuse to extend that right to transgender citizens. Watch two stories...


Press Releases • Kenyan intersex rights

Kenya Institutes Intersex-Rights Task Force

by Kellyn Botha


Kenya, 5 June 2017

The prospects of protection and recognition for intersex persons are looking bright as the national publication, The Kenya Gazette, publically announced the formation of a taskforce looking into intersex rights abuses in that country. Read more...



Intersex News • Caster Semenya


By Nefale Lornah


23 July 2017, South Africa

800 Metre South African Gold Medalist, Mokgadi Caster Semenya, could be forced to undergo Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or surgery in order to save her career. The South African middle distance runner was the winner of the gold medal in the women’s 800 metre event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and has won numerous other 800 metre races throughout her professional career. However, she has faced immense stigmatisation in her career. Read more...


Hate Crimes • Pitso Tshelang

Another North West Hate Crime:
The harrowing final hours of
Pitso Tshelang

By Kellyn Botha, South Africa, 14 July 2017

On 1 July 2017, Pitso Tshelang was brutally murdered in the small town of Swartruggens. As a transgender woman, Tshelang’s is the latest in a slew of hate crimes against queer womxn in the North West Province in 2017.


Events • Leadership and Wellness training

Working toward Pan-African Trans and Intersex Advocacy Leadership

By Kellyn Botha, South Africa, 8 July 2017

Participants enjoyed their time at the nine-day Leadership and Wellness Training 2017, where they could be themselves, interact with fellow African activists, and gain new skills and knowledge.
Participants enjoyed their time at the nine-day Leadership and Wellness Training 2017, where they could be themselves, interact with fellow African activists, and gain new skills and knowledge. Photo by Gugu Mandla.


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. Read more...



Iranti is looking for board members who believe in our mission and are willing to be active in their governance roles. The organisation is anticipating to have the new Board members induction by August 2017. Read more...



Web designer-developer to upgrade website

Iranti-org is opening calls for web designer/s to assist in the redesigning and upgrading of our website and online presence.  Applicants will be tasked with presenting a new look that is fitting for Iranti’s mission. To look at the current site and to relaunch an accessible online media platform that’s appropriate for mobile and computer devices. Read more...



VACANCY Media and Communications Manager

Iranti-org has a vacancy for a new and exciting post. The Media and Communications Manager is responsible for delivering compelling, distinctive multimedia for Iranti-org. The position requires strong project management skills along with competent communications and media strategy skills. 12 month contract. Read more…
Closing date: Monday 14 July 2017









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