Hate Crime update
Patricia Mashego murdered April 2013
Patricia Mashego, a lesbian from Daveyton, Johannesburg was brutally murdered, her body was found on 21 April. A memorial service and meeting will take place on corner Eisland Street and Mockey Street in Daveyton 26 Aprilat 2pm. Show solidarity against hate crimes. Join us in our support and love to the family of Patricia.
Thapelo Makhutle update April 2013
Thapelo Makhutle was killed because of his sexual orientation. Thapelo was brutally killed in Kuruman, Northern Cape on 9 June 2012 and almost a year later, his the trial will be heard in the Vryburg High Court. Iranti-Org continues to document the case and advocate for justice and an end to hate crimes.
BONISIWE MTSHALI TRIAL UPDATE April 2013
Bonisiwe Mtshal is a black, South African lesbian woman, receives justice nearly one year after her attack at the Carlton Centre in July of 2012. A successful triumph for Iranti-Org, the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) and a proud moment and victory for all LGBTI women in South Africa. by Selogadi Mampane, 03 April 2013. Read more...
GALZ STATEMENT ON PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI’S COMMENTS
“Castigating to stifle peace”
just done now now
ARTS AND ACTIVISIM
‘I STAND CORRECTED’: TRACING A SOUTH AFRICAN QUEER THEATRE
A new collaborative theatre work by Mojisola Adebayo and Mamela Nyamza, 'I STAND CORRECTED' (2013), based on a true story, has been making mouths flutter and headlines buzz as it makes its way around Johannesburg, Cape Town and England. The play recounts the events surrounding the marriage of a queer, cross-continental, interracial couple and details their fight for the right to love each other as equal citizens of our democracy.
'Gone @ 20 – the lucky ones are not yet born!'
Famous people die in their twenties. Many would remember the American Rhythm &Blues (R&B) singer, Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash. She was 22 at the time of her death. Controversial supermodel Gia died at the age of 26. Some still don’t believe that Tupac Shakur is dead. He was 25 when they gunned him down. The legendary Amy Winehouse died at 27. It is believed that she wanted to join the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other musicians who died at the same age. They are now immortal members of the infamous “Club 27”.
collaborators AND CONTRIBUTORS
Chivuli Riva Ukwimi is the marginalised populations coordinator at OSISA. Over his career, he has been active in various human rights and HIV portfolios: first as Zambia’s first Men who have sex with Men (MSM) study coordinator with PSI Zambia, and then manager of the first MC/VCT integrated site in the world and national outreach programmes under the Male circumcision partnership in Zambia. In April 2011, he took up his position as the marginalised populations coordinator in the HIV unit. Away from work, Chivuli devotes his time to championing LGBTI rights both in his country of origin (Zambia) and across the continent. He has been instrumental in building the Zambian LGBTI movement. Chivuli is also a founding member of African Men for Sexual and Health Rights (AMSHeR), an emerging network of African MSM. A graduate of the University of Zambia with a degree in Biological Sciences, he additionally holds a diploma in LGBT human rights and a certificate in psychosocial and HIV counselling.
Mampane is an intern at Iranti-Org. She began performing at the age of 11 and has since never stopped. Her passion for performance necessitated exploration in the fields of research. She is currently undertaking her Masters studies at the University of Pretoria, in the field of gender, race, cultural, performance and film studies, focusing her research around female masculinity. She describes herself as an activist who utilises inter-disciplinary arts mediums to explore social issues. Her talents cover the disciplines of writing, directing and performance in film and theatre.
Matebeni holds a PhD, started at Yale University and finalized as a PhD fellow at Wizer (Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research). Her doctorate is published - Black Lesbian Sexualities and Identity in South Africa). She has been active in many NGOs working on HIV/Aids, feminist theory and gender studies, queer theory, queerness, sexuality, intimacy and race. She has delivered countless papers and contributed to many publications on these topics. Matebeni has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes in southern Africa addressing HIV/AIDS and other development areas.
Beyond Identities Initiatives (BII)
Young LGBTI activists from Soweto, Kliptown and Thembisa have come together and formed a group. Their main focus is to seek out opportunities that enhance their life skills and broaden their understanding on sexuality and identity. They host regular workshops on computer training, human-rights training and engaging in spaces that address violence towards LGBTI persons. Iranti-Org works with Beyond Identities Initiatives (BII) and most recently we have presented on Identities and the Body. BII attended Iranti-Org’s workshop on Arts and Activism. Currently, we are working on a youth-and-parents dialogue.
Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW)
FEW was established by black lesbian women activists living in Johannesburg in 2001. In a post 1994 South Africa and with the new constitution of 1996 recognising sexual orientation within the equality clause, it was clear that we had to organize ourselves to ensure that we were
Gender DynamiX is the first African based organisation solely focusing on the transgender community. The aim of our organisation is to provide help, advise and information for those who seek to adjust their lives to live in the opposite gender role, as to that assigned to them at birth, or who are working to come to terms with their situation despite their genetic background. Gender DynamiX provides resources, information and support to trans folks, their partners, family employers and the public.Read more.
Hector Pieterson Museum
The Hector Pieterson Museum is a large museum located in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, two blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed. The museum is named in his honour. It became one of the first museums in Soweto when it opened in 16 June 2002. A companion museum nearby is Mandela House, the former home of Nelson Mandela and his family, which has been run as a museum since 1997.
South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) was formed to strengthen the strong political leadership as well as to ensure inclusion of civil society in the overall response to HIV and AIDS. The Council is composed of both government and civil society organisations.
Is an LGBTI group based in Daveyton, Etwatwa and the greater Benoni. Uthingo-The Rainbow is a community-based NGO focusing on empowerment and building activism based on skills development. Uthingo-The Rainbow is collaborating with Iranti-Org on building media activists. Iranti-Org is working and training six members of Uthingo-The Rainbow on photography, social media and civic reporting.