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…
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...
The revelations in the mainstream are not new to many of us, who continue to mourn the loss of our friends and loved-ones in the ongoing wave of hate-crimes against queer bodies. On Sunday, 14 May 2017, the body of Lerato Tambai Moloi was discovered; she had been raped and stoned to death. One of many victims in recent months, the LGBTI and residents of Moloi’s community in Naledi, Soweto, march for justice and visibility.
On 18 May 2016, a bill was approved by the Parliament of Seychelles to repeal the anti-sodomy law in section 151 of the island nation's penal code. Iranti-org spoke to local activist, Ronny Arnephy on the state of LGBTI rights on the island nation. Now, almost a year later, Iranti-org revisits the situation in Seychelles with Ronny Arnephy to understand what progress has been made in the months since the ruling.
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
Today marks once more the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), where we commemorate the trials and triumphs made in the fight for queer rights across the planet. The theme for 2017 is ‘family’. As activists and members of the LGBTI community, the day is a sad reminder of the ever-present nature of homophobia and transphobia in our country and across the world. Many of us have lost family members and loved-ones to violence and discrimination, and many tight-knit communities have been shaken by violence in recent months.
Transgender Victory in Limpopo:
Nare Mphela's Story
South Africa, 31 March 2017
In 2014, Iranti-org made contact with Nare Mphela, a high school learner in Limpopo Province who faced multiple forms of discrimination from her school principal due to her gender identity.
Now, three years later, the Equality Court has ruled in Nare's favour, having found the principal and Limpopo Department of Education to have breached the Equality Act. This is an historic victory for queer South Africans nationwide!
Iranti-org wishes to convey our excitement at the two new appointments to the staff of the International Trans* Fund (ITF).
We congratulate Broden Giambrone, who led the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) for six years; and Kim Mukasa, co-founder of Trans Network Uganda, on their appointment to the ITF team, as inaugural staff members. Read more...
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Iranti-org Writer and Social Media Officer
Iranti is looking for a Writer and Social Media Officer starting no later than
1 May 2017. The officer will be working from Iranti’s office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Start date: 1 May 2017. This position is a 1 year contract.