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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to submit your contributions for Edition 3!
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...
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…
Still no love at Home Affairs for
By Kellyn Botha
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...
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
Constitution Hill, Stall 5, Women's Jail, Johannesburg
Click here for the big version of the film schedule.
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.
[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...
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.
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 email@example.com 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!”