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Events • 5-year anniversary iranti

Gallery: Iranti celebrates 5 years

by Kellyn Botha
5 year anniversary of iranti org

Iranti’s latest work was showcased on two indoor monitors, and multiple publications were made available to guests in the foyer. Photo by: Sibusiso Khwidzhili


South Africa, 10 October 2017
On 28 September Iranti celebrated five years of activism. We are looking back at the struggles and victories of the past. We are looking forward to the challenges to be tackled in the future.


Once again we would like to thank everyone who attended the event for making it truly special, and to everyone who helped organise and run the celebration. We would especially like to thank the Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice, John Jeffries, for making the time to speak, as well as Makgano Mamabolo and Kumkani Siwisa for acting as MCs.


Our resolve has never been stronger and we know we can count on our diverse allies to continue to stand alongside us as we move into the next five years!


To those who could not attend our celebration we know you are there with us, we respect your work, and we need your support. Please keep the lines open and let us know what you expect from our team moving forward so that we can better improve our mandate to serve queer communities across Africa!


See the full Gallery.


Press Releases • Botswana gender-marker victory

Gender-marker change victory in Botswana!

By Kellyn Botha


Botswana, 29 September 2017
Iranti would like to formally congratulate the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) and all involved in a recent case in Botswana, where a transgender man has been granted the right to change the gender-marker on his identity documents from ‘female’ to ‘male’.

The judgment passed down today (29 September) from the Lobatse High Court stated that the refusal to change the applicant’s details amounted to a violation of “his rights to dignity, privacy, freedom of expression, equal protection of the law, freedom from discrimination and freedom from inhumane and degrading treatment.”

It is deeply regrettable that SALC had to fight yet another case of prejudice against an LGBTI person, who faced severe trauma throughout the ordeal, but we are elated at the outcome and hope that through SALC’s intervention more trans and gender-diverse Botswanans may be given the legal recognition that they deserve.

Recently LEGABIBO, an LGBTI organisation in Botswana, won the right to formally register as an NPO, and we are pleased to see a continued trend within the government of the country toward recognition for LGBTI persons and communities.

“We are elated at the news, and proud to be able to say that three countries in Southern Africa now explicitly provide for gender marker changes; Namibia, South Africa and Botswana,” Said Iranti's Advocacy Manager, Joshua Sehoole. “We hope other countries in the region will follow suit. We applaud the tireless work by SALC, legal allies in Botswana, and trans individuals and organisations around the continent who continue to courageously take on unjust systems and effect the change we want to see in the world.”

To read SALC’s full statement, click here.


EVENTS • Soweto pride 2017

Soweto Pride Returns!

by Kellyn Botha

16 October 2017, South Africa

On 30 September Iranti went to Soweto Pride, organised by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) annually since 2004, as a response to the inaccessibility of Johannesburg Pride, which was too far and too expensive for many LGBTI+ Soweto residents to attend. Read the full story and view the gallery.


Press Releases • Egypt

Dozens arrested in Egypt in wave of homophobic sentiment


Egypt, 11 October 2017

Iranti has recently been made aware of the dire situation in Egypt whereby more than 50 persons have been arrested after a “rainbow flag” was proudly displayed at a concert in Cairo last month. Egyptian authorities have no legal basis for the arrests by the laws of their own country, but despite this, homophobic sentiment remains high. We intend to work closely with our comrades and allies in Egypt, as well as those elsewhere on the continent, to remedy this injustice. Read the press statement.


profiles • Anna from Uganda

Being Anna

Anna from Uganda, trans rights activist


28 August 2017, Uganda
Anna* is a transgender woman and activist for trans rights in Uganda. She recently came to Johannesburg to attend the Iranti-org Leadership and Wellness training, and we managed to speak to her about the work she is doing in Uganda around LGBTI rights. Read more...







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