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

 

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Trans News • Trans Health without borders

“Trans Health Without Borders”
debate truly borderless

By Joshua Sehoole and Kellyn Botha

Jholerina Timbo (left) from Namibia discusses the issue of meaningful language-use within the LGBTIcommunity with Pinty Dludlu (right) of eSwatini (Swaziland). Photo by: Kellyn Botha

Jholerina Timbo (left) from Namibia discusses the issue of meaningful language-use within the LGBTIcommunity with Pinty Dludlu (right) of eSwatini (Swaziland). Photo by: Kellyn Botha

 

23 April 2018, South Africa

On 18 and 19 April 2018, Iranti hosted a “Trans Leadership and Planning” meeting with trans activists from from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, eSwatini (Swaziland) and Malawi to discuss a improving gender-affirming health care. Read more...

 

Hate Crimes • FAKE NEWS out of mamelodi

FAKE NEWS ALERT:
Death of a lesbian in Mamelodi not verified

 

10 April 2018, South Africa

It has come to our attention that a story has been circulating on social media and some local radio stations, alleging that a lesbian woman was raped multiple times, and later died, after being put into a cell with 19 men at the Mamelodi Police Station in Gauteng.

Read more...

 

World Health Day 2018

 

world health day

 

April 6, 2018

According to WHO, 50% of the world lacks access to essential health services and 100 million people globally are pushed into poverty trying to cover healthcare costs. Today, on World Health Day, we call upon world leaders to commit to advancing health for all by moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as pledged in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) 2030 Agenda. This will ensure that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services without facing financial hardship.

 

Read more...

 

Intersex News • World Health Day 2018

On the bench: Sidelined for being Intersex

 

 

7 April 2018, South Africa

7 April is World Health Day, and in 2018 Iranti is dedicated to highlighting the many health violations and social stigma faced by intersex persons across the region.

 

Trans News • Human Rights Day 2018

Let us be introspective this
Human Rights Day

By Kellyn Botha

 

21 March 2018 South Africa

South African Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March every year, but our rights need to be remembered, celebrated and defended every single day. The Bill of Rights, enshrined in our constitution as the birthright of all South Africans, is not always upheld. As a result, marginalised groups in this country face daily discrimination on the basis of race, class, sex, gender, sexuality, ability, and many other factors.

 

Humans are complex beings, each with a multitude of intersecting identities, privileges and oppressions. Often, we focus on the systems and barriers in place that deny us access to or violate our own rights and those of our communities. The injustice of it is infuriatingly clear to us, because we often have first-hand experience of discrimination. This Human Rights Day, we encourage you to reflect on how in your own practices, organizations and movements, you may be inadvertently excluding others, and to commit to learn, grow and do better.

 

After a community workshop, Iranti was honoured to have had the chance to work with members of the D/deaf transgender community on a media project, entitled (Trans)lation?, ahead of this Human Rights Day. It is a small step toward working with, and making our work more accessible to D/deaf LGBT people. Today we will be releasing a series of short videos, co-created with some members of the deaf trans community, standing up and being visible as they proclaim their rights. They speak of barriers both outside of and within the LGBTI community, and demand us to open up our spaces in ways we often do not consider. We hope that this collaboration will not be the last, and encourage other LGBT groups to think about the ways in which they can increase their own partnership, collaboration and engagement with their local d/Deaf communities.

 

We encourage everyone to use this Human Rights Day to think about ways in which different communities can come together across sexuality, gender, race, ability and other factors to join hands in the pursuit of human rights for all.

 

Trans(action)! - Danny Manamela
Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Danny Manamela and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to human dignity and respect!
Watch the video on YouTube

Trans(action)! - Eva Mofokeng
Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Eva Mofokeng and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to freedom of expression!
Watch the video on YouTube

Trans(action)! - Kute Mabirisa
Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Kute Mabirisa and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to equal access to healthcare!
Watch the video on YouTube

Transaction Tebello Khatiti
Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Tebello Khatiti and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to religious freedom!
Watch the video on YouTube

 

Zwakala • Newsletter edition two

Zwakala newsletter 2 News edition 2

 

March 2018

Edition 2 of ZwaKala Speaks! is here, with your latest updates around ZwaKala Project events, CBO activisim and the state of LGBTI human rights in South Africa. In this edition, we look at the Limpopo Parents’ Dialogue which aimed to strengthen family support for LGBTI children; The latest ruling on Inxeba – The Wound; remember some of our comrades lost to violence in the North West Province; and more. Download it here...


Be sure to contact kellyn@iranti.org.za for more information and to submit your contributions for Edition 3!

 

Intersex News • National meeting 2017

National Intersex Meeting 2017

 

South Africa, 8 March 2018

On 11 December 2017, Iranti joined activists and members of the intersex community in the first largescale engagement with government on matters of intersex genital mutilation, infanticide, healthcare procedures and standards of living. Read more and watch the video...

 

Press Releases • Inxeba

The Film and Publications Board, Traditional Leaders and the CRL must be held accountable

 

1 March 2018, South Africa
We have come together as a consortium of activists and members of civil society to express our concerns that the FPB and the CRL have disregarded the principles enshrined in South Africa’s constitution in its decision to rate the film, Inxeba – The Wound, as X18, the same rating given to explicitly pornographic media. We believe this to be a violation of freedom of expression and amounts to a form of homophobic censorship that has no place in a progressive and free society. Read more…

 

Profiles • Home affairs south africa

Still no love at Home Affairs for
same-sex couples!

By Kellyn Botha

 

Wendy and Nomfundo Ngidi-Kessman together in Johannesburg on 14 February 2018. Photo by Gugu Mandla.

Wendy and Nomfundo Ngidi-Kessman together in Johannesburg on
14 February 2018. Photo by Gugu Mandla.

 

South Africa, 14 February 2018
“I love playing games that challenge me mentally, listen and sing to music like I am talented, and cleaning. She loves cooking, writing, painting and gardening. Well, she does the planting, I keep them alive,” says Nomfundo Ngidi-Kessman, half-jokingly of her wife, Wendy.


A married couple like any other, with hobbies, and hopes for the future, but Nomfundo and Wendy Ngidi-Kessman are not like other couples. At least not according to Home Affairs it seems, which has, in what is widely considered the “month of love”, continued to try and separate a legally married couple. Read more...

 

 

 

 

 

Profiles • Phumzi Manana

Welcome to our Media and
Communications Manager:
Phumzi Manana

by Kellyn Botha

 

Phumzi Manana

 

11 April 2018, South Africa

Iranti is proud to announce the newest member to our management team, Phumzi Manana who has taken on the role of Media and Communications Manager, heading up the media team. As our team grows, so does our media-making knowledge, and in turn so does our ability to document the lived experiences of queer Africans, in an attempt to bring impactful stories to the public.

Read more...

 

Profiles • Lihle Ngcoboz

Welcome to our Researcher:
Lihle Ngcobozi

by Kellyn Botha

 

Lihle Ngcobozi

 

11 April 2018, South Africa

Iranti would like to say a warm welcome our latest addition to the team, Lihle Ngcobozi, who has taken up the position of Researcher with us. Originally from Durban, Lihle moved to Grahamstown where she studied Politics and Legal Theory, achieving a Masters in International Studies.

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Profiles • Lungile Maquba

Welcome to Intersex South Africa’s first employee: Lungile Maquba

by Kellyn Botha

 

Lungile Maquba

 

11 April 2018, South Africa

Iranti is proud to announce that we are now hosting Lungile ‘Luh’ Maquba, ISSA’s first formal employee, who will work closely with our team to promote the organisation and build towards financial independence!

Read more...

 

Resources • National Intersex Meeting report 2018

South African National Engagement Report on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Intersex People

National Intersex Meeting Report Cover

7 April 2018, South Africa

Every year on 7 April is World Health Day – a day marking the establishment of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. Under this year’s them of #HealthForAll, we release the South African report on the National Engagement on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Intersex People.

 

ISSA logo (intersex South Africa)

 

Lungile Maquba                                                                              
Coordinator: Intersex South Africa

lungile@intersexsa.org.za 

Iranti org logo

 

Joshua Sehoole

Advocacy Manager: Iranti
joshua@iranti.org.za

 

Read more... and

Download the full report

 

Events • Queer film festival Human Rights Day 2018

For to be Queer Film Fest

 

Iranti, Vaal LGBTI, Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee (EPOC), FEW, IHAWU, Intersex South Africa (ISSA), Parents, Families & Friends of South African Queers (PFSAQ)

25 March 2018
12:00-14:00
Constitution Hill, Stall 5, Women's Jail, Johannesburg

 

Click here for the big version of the film schedule.

Queer film festival 2018 for human rights day - Iranti

 

Trans News • Human Rights Day 2018

Trans(action)! - Danny Manamela

Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Danny Manamela and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to human dignity and respect!



 

Trans News • Human Rights Day 2018

Trans(action)! - Eva Mofokeng

Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Eva Mofokeng and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to freedom of expression!


 

Trans News • Human Rights Day 2018

Trans(action)! - Kute Mabirisa

Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Kute Mabirisa and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to equal access to healthcare!


 

Trans News • Human Rights Day 2018

Transaction Tebello Khatiti

Have you ever felt excluded? Invisible? This Human Rights day, join Tebello Khatiti and declare your rights to the world. We all have the right to religious freedom!

 

ABOUT IRANTI • vacancies

Vacancies

 

Finance and Development Manager

Iranti seeks a qualified and experienced Finance and Development Manager to join our leadership team. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Executive Director. The Finance and Development manager is responsible for supporting the Executive Director on the organizational and sustainability strategy, financial management, fundraising and the day to day implementation of Iranti’s financial affairs. Deadline 12 March 2018.

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Zwakala • Gay umbrella 2018

[LISTEN] Gay Umbrella is launching an LGBTIQA March!

South Africa, 8 March 2018

We would like to extend our congratulations and support to our allies at Gay Umbrella. Saturday 10 March in Mahikeng will see the LGBTIQA community and allies march to show visibility and demand an end to violence. Read more and listen...

 

Resources • Toolkit 2018 in Swahili

Ending pathological practices against Trans and Intersex bodies in Africa: An Iranti Toolkit

Swahili Toolkit 2018 ICD Trans and Intersex pathological processes

Download the Iranti toolkit (2MB)

 

South Africa, 20 February 2018
Iranti is proud to announce the Swahili version of our 2017 publication of the toolkit aimed at educating and engaging readers with regard to the depathologisation of Trans and Intersex bodies.

 

GALLERIES • Leadership and wellness training 2018

Leadership and Wellness delegates reconnect, with stronger resolve than ever!

By Kellyn Botha

From South Africa and Namibia to Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, human rights advocacy is richer because of the resolve of activists like these. Photo by Gugu Mandla

South Africa, 2 February 2018

From 21 to 29 June 2017, 18 transgender and intersex delegates from eight African nations were brought together by Iranti for a nine-day intensive leadership and wellness training session aimed at strengthening the region’s network of activists and provide the skills needed for them to press for meaningful change. Gallery...

 

Trans people going back to school - help protect them

 

Events • International Trans Fund Webinar 2018

ITF Funding Webinar

 

The International Trans Fund is accepting applications for its next grantmaking cycle and as such will be hosting a Webinar with Iranti on how to apply on 18 January 2018.

 

The Webinar will be hosted in English and we encourage African trans-led and trans-oriented organisations to RSVP with Kanyanta Kakana at kanyanta@iranti.org.za as soon as possible!

 

With funding being a primary concern for most organisations across the region, this Webinar is aimed at empowering transgender activists and improving the ability of the community to organise on the continent, so don't delay!”

 

The International Trans Fund is accepting applications for its next grantmaking cycle and as such will be hosting a Webinar with Iranti on how to apply on 18 January 2018.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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