Iranti-Org is formed with the clear intention of building local partnerships and movements that use media as a key platform for lobbying, advocacy and educational interventions across Africa.
SADC support for Iranti-Org
LGBTI organizations in SADC support Iranti-Org as the official LGBTI Media Platform for the region.
HIVOS is funding a 2,5 year programme for LGBTI organizations in southern Africa. This programme will provide capacity training, media support and individual development to organizations in the region. The service provider on the project is a Namibia-based NGO called Positive Vibes.
Jabu in the centre conducted a practical workshop on digital tools for media advocacy, with Lisiba, and Tumi from the Daveyton LGBTI group.
Tumi, Collen, Spectra, Thoko, Nqobile, Ayanda and Lisiba
Spectra, invited by Iranti-Org, presented a fantastic workshop on LGBTI advocacy and using social media.
Iranti-Org and FEW lobbying activities
THE ANC BREAKS ITS SILENCE ON HATE CRIMES AGAINST LGBTI
by Jabu Pereira
Jabu Pereira (Iranti-Org), Jackson Mthembu (ANC), Zoleka Luswazi (FEW), Gwede Mantashe (ANC), Virginia Setshedi (FEW) and Jesse Duarte (ANC)
Jabu Pereira, Director of Iranti-Org with Gwede Mantashe, Secretary-General of the ANC.
On the eve of celebrating national women’s day, LGBTI activists from Iranti-Org and Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) met with the ANC Secretary-General and his team, Jackson Mthembu and Jesse Duarte. The meeting requested by LGBTI organizations was as follow up to a protest we held on 18 July 2012. The ANC agreed to listen to our concerns.
The context we provided to the ANC is that we believe that LGBTI persons are being increasingly marginalized from South Africa’s human rights landscape. In this discussion with the ANC we listed a number of human rights violations committed by ANC leaders such as Jon Qelane, Patekile Holomisa and many others. The ANC argues that the political party is diverse and they have to navigate this diversity on many occasions. Iranti-Org objected to this understanding of the ANC’s definition of diversity.
Also, the ANC’s gender policy excludes sexual orientation and Iranti-Org and FEW indicated that the ANC should not lose the LGBTI as a constituency.
Iranti-Org and FEW emphasized the importance of building South Africa as a human rights state.
The following agreements were reached:
The ANC has set up a task team to address LGBTI issues, this team comprises the Secretary-General’s office, Jesse Duarte and Jackson Mthembu, and the LGBTI delegation.
An education campaign will be developed for all the national branches
of the ANC.
The ANC will release a press statement by the 08 August 2012.
Read the hate crimes press statement by the ANC.
A review of the ANC’s gender policy so that it includes sexual orientation.
Hate crime memo to the ANC
We sent this memo to the ANC to ask them to stop their silence on hate crimes. We have also requested the ANC to discipline homophobic ANC leaders, such as Chief Patekile Holomisa. We will be meeting Mr Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of the ANC on 8 August 2012.
Zoleka Luswazi (FEW), Steve Letsike (SANAC), Phindi Malaza (FEW) and Jabu Pereira (Iranti-Org) prepare for a meeting on 20 July 2012 with the Deputy President of South Africa.
20 July 2012, Meeting the Deputy-President of South Africa. Phindi Malaza (FEW), Steve Letsike (SANAC), Deputy President, Kgalema Mothlante, Jabu Pereira, (Iranti-Org) and Zoleka Luswazi (FEW)
Preparing for the meeting with the Deputy-President of South Africa, Kgalema Mothlante
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