2017 marked Iranti’s fifth year documenting and advocating for the human rights of lesbian, transgender and intersex persons in Africa. This year we have been witness to terrible tragedies, such as the murders of Lerato “Tambai” Moloi, and brilliant victories, like the legislative progress made in Kenya regarding legal name-change, and in Botswana where two citizens have now won the right to change their gender-markers. 2018 and the years to come will surely prove to be just as successful, and will see the expansion of our advocacy reach and consolidation of our media output. This video looks back at Iranti’s story, from foundation to five years, highlighting our current work and objectives. We hope that it will inform and inspire others as we continue to do this work which is so often draining, heartbreaking and traumatic, but also rewarding and invaluable to the promotion of the human rights of some of our continents most marginalized communities.
National Intersex Meeting –
From medical to social issues,
government must act
By Kellyn Botha
South Africa, 13 December 2017
Monday, 11 December saw an historic discussion on the promotion and preservation of human rights for intersex persons in South Africa. The National Intersex Meeting, organised in collaboration with Intersex South Africa (ISSA), the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), and the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), saw discussion between activists, government representatives, as well as legal and medical professionals, and is thought to be the first of its kind in the country.
Johannesburg, 3 December 2017
More than a year in the making from script-writing workshops to filming to editing before finally being launched in the Iranti offices on 2 December 2017, the Trans Webseries is finally here. This effort by Iranti to connect LGBTIQ+ storytellers from across the continent with the African Queer Media Makers’ Network (AQMMN), has served to widen the all too limited stage on which queer artists can tell queer stories for a queer audience.
Our first works of fiction, which do draw heavily from real, lived experiences, will certainly not be our last. To create visibility in a world that would erase our identities as gender-diverse Africans is an act of rebellion and revolution, and is a project that we hope to continue in some form alongside Iranti’s documentation and advocacy work.
We thank everyone who attended the official launch, and who worked tirelessly to turn these two short films into a reality.
A look into the mind of Busi, a non-binary trans person struggling with agoraphobia – the fear of the outdoors – as their former lover, Malusi, pushes them to clean up their act and live life openly and honestly, despite him not fully understanding the ins and outs of Busi’s identity.
Directed by Makgano Mamabolo. Written by Charl Landsberg.
An abstract look into Nigel Patel’s heated emotions and frantic thoughts on gender, society, violence, and the place where they all meet in the wake of a homophobic and transphobic trial in Nigel’s homeland of Malawi. An adaptation of the poem by Maya Angelou, I Rise encourages all queer Africans to be authentically themselves, even in the face of fierce adversity.
Directed by Makgano Mamabolo. Written by Nigel Patel.
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Botswana Registrar Agrees to Change Gender Marker from Female to Male
Botswana, 5 December 2017
On 4 December 2017, the Registrar of National Registration of Botswana in the case of ND v Attorney General of Botswana and others agreed to issue the applicant with a new identity document that reflects his male gender identity on or before Monday, 18 December 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!”
Intersex rights activists from across Southern, East and West Africa met in November in Johannesburg to host the first regional intersex meeting. This convening was funded by the Intersex Human Rights Fund and co-ordinated by Iranti, ISSA and SIPD. This much needed platform provided a space for discussions and network building opportunities rarely afforded to intersex human rights activists on the continent. Often, intersex issues are coupled with transgender topics of discussion or even the broader LGBTIQ+ struggle for equality, but intersex persons face many unique challenges often ignored in mainstream LGBT spaces.
The regional meeting gave delegates the space to share their lived experiences and open up about their goals and the struggles they face, and get input from a number of experts on matters such as funding and organizing, advocacy strategy planning, handling difficult media and mental health and wellness. The regional meeting crafted a statement which lays out their commitment to effect change and to strengthen the movement.
Delegates left with a stronger sense of community and renewed vigour, making clear that overlooking intersex issues, and overlooking the long underfunded and underrepresented African continent, would no longer be tolerated.
11 December 2017
National Intersex Meeting Announcement
On Monday 11 December 2017 Iranti, in partnership with Intersex South Africa (ISSA), the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ), will host a National Engagement on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of intersex persons.
Ground-Breaking African Intersex Meeting hosted by the International Intersex Human Rights Fund
By Joshua Sehoole
ICD video on intersex issues screened during the Regional Intersex Meeting, 2017, providing visitors some context to the activism work that is already being done. Photo by: Kellyn Botha
South Africa, 2 December 2017
In the last few years four international intersex fora were organized enabling organizations and activists in the global intersex movement to engage with one another, develop collaborative actions, and build a common platform. In addition, increasing collaborative action has also helped to promote awareness and recognition of intersex issues.