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ZwaKala training for
grassroots organisations

by Kellyn Botha
Zwakala Co-ordinator, Nomsa Manzini, engages with the participants on the lessons learnt and recommendations for future workshops during the human rights, media advocacy and OD training.

29 April 2017, South Africa

Between 19 and 21 of April, Iranti-org hosted an extensive training workshop as part of the Zwakala Project’s advocacy and activism expansion mandate. Facilitated by Nomsa Manzini of Iranti-org and funded by the European Union, the Zwakala Project works to monitor and facilitate LGBTI+ activism; and conduct skills development training at the grassroots level in Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces. Read more...

 

Storytelling as medium for advocacy

 

South Africa, 16 March 2016
Storytelling is a common thread that ties media advocacy together. It is a desire to tell stories that move hearts and be a driving force for change against alienation and victimization of LGBTI in South Africa that lies at the heart of the Zwakala Media Advocacy Training Programme.

Zwakala is a three-year programme that seeks to build media documentation and increase real-time reporting of hate crimes against the LGBTI community. Between 10-13 March 2016, the Zwakala team led by Gugu Mandla and Ayanda Msiza, conducted a media skills training programme with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Gauteng province.

 

The purpose of the training is to equip CBOs with the relevant skills to be able to document LGBTI hate crimes in their communities. The organizations that were represented were Vaal LGBTI, IHAWU, Uthingo-The Rainbow, Tisa Tshireletso, Tulo Ya Kagiso, EPOC, and Ratanang.

 

The participants were introduced to film as an advocacy tool. They analyzed and critiqued documentaries from around the world to promote understanding how the documentary genre can be utilized to create awareness about different issues.

 

Participants were also taught how to do storyboards, use a video camera and log footage before giving it to an editor. On the second last day, the participants went into the field and practiced their new media documentation skills by interviewing various LGBTI activists in Daveyton. On the last day, the participants learned how to use social media as part of their advocacy to create awareness about LGBTI issues.

Ayanda Msiza facilitated a session on the Introduction to Documentary on the Zwakala Media Training Gauteng. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Ayanda Msiza facilitated a session on the Introduction to Documentary on the Zwakala Media Training Gauteng. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Ayanda Msiza shows the Media Training participants how to shoot using the flip cam. Photo by:  Gugu Mandla

Ayanda Msiza shows the Media Training participants how to shoot using the flip cam. Photo by:  Gugu Mandla

O'lerato Masime and Thabiso Sithole from Tulo Ya Kagiso in Tembisa engage during the Camera Production module at the  Zwakala Media Training Programme in Benoni. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

O'lerato Masime and Thabiso Sithole from Tulo Ya Kagiso in Tembisa engage during the Camera Production module at the  Zwakala Media Training Programme in Benoni. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Karabo Malope and Ntombi Radebe of IHAWU in Katlehong interviewing their lead character in Daveyton. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Karabo Malope and Ntombi Radebe of IHAWU in Katlehong interviewing their lead character in Daveyton. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Pamela Mkhonta of EPOC used her camera skills during the Production Shoot outing in Daveyton. 
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Pamela Mkhonta of EPOC used her camera skills during the Production Shoot outing in Daveyton. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Wanelisa Xaba of Iranti-org had a session on Media and Writing on Social Media platforms. 
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Wanelisa Xaba of Iranti-org had a session on Media and Writing on Social Media platforms. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

 

ZwaKala Media Makers training,
North West Province

 

South Africa, 11 November 2015

GALLERY. From 4-7 November, Iranti-org offered a media makers workshop focusing on documentary video production to LGBTI activists from the North West Province.  The workshop was part of Iranti-org’s ZwaKala initiative that seeks to build the media documentation and reporting capacities of LGBTI community-based organisations in three provinces - Gauteng, North West and Limpopo.

 

Workshop participants learned about the basic building blocks of documentary storytelling by critiquing films, researching story ideas and creating storyboards.  They used flip cameras to film short documentaries in Rustenburg.  And after filming they created editing scripts that show exactly how they wanted their video stories to be structured.

How to use a flip camera; session facilitated by Ayanda Msiza and Gugu Mandla

How to use a flip camera; session facilitated by Ayanda Msiza and Gugu Mandla

Koketso Ndanase, Lebo Hosana and Gugu Mandla engaging

Koketso Ndanase, Lebo Hosana and Gugu Mandla engaging

Joseph Khumalo of GLOR practising how to take different shots

Joseph Khumalo of GLOR practising how to take different shots

Nerina Penzhorn of Iranti-org, the main facilitator for the training

Nerina Penzhorn of Iranti-org, the main facilitator for the training

Booklet designed for the training

Booklet designed for the training

Kelebogile Tshwaedi, Goitseone Nko and Pro Sedumedi doing group work

Kelebogile Tshwaedi, Goitseone Nko and Pro Sedumedi doing group work

Participants learning how to use the logging sheet for editing

Participants learning how to use the logging sheet for editing

Groups brainstorming their story ideas

Groups brainstorming their story ideas

Media makers were taught how to write a script and plan for the shoot

Media makers were taught how to write a script and plan for the shoot

Lebo Sepai assisting Sissie Mkhize of Common Diversity during her profile shoot

Lebo Sepai assisting Sissie Mkhize of Common Diversity during her profile shoot

Tshegofatso Mbanza of Gay Umbrella practising using a flip camera

Tshegofatso Mbanza of Gay Umbrella practising using a flip camera

North West Province media makers group picture, 2015

North West Province media makers group picture, 2015

 

ZwaKala Media Makers Training starts in
North West province

 

South Africa, 11 November 2015

The Media Makers training was piloted in the North West from 4-7 November 2015. The participants came from various Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) – Common Diversity, Gay Umbrella and Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg.

North West Media Makers Group - Zwakala project of Iranti-org

North West Media Makers Group – ZwaKala project of Iranti-org

 

Diketso and Kabelo from Rural Trans Love presenting their story board to the group - Zwakala project of Iranti-org

Diketso and Kabelo from Rural Trans Love presenting their story board to the group – ZwaKala project of Iranti-org

 

The training was facilitated by Nerina Penzhorn, Iranti-org’s Media Manager, who created an atmosphere for exchanging stories among the groups; and how to document the exchanged stories. Many participants see themselves as social change makers, but without adequate knowledge and skills to capture their experiences in the community. Most of the CBOs do not document their work and hence this training is important.

 

After the training, many felt excited about documenting in their communities. Kayssie Mkhize from Common Diversity said, “I really enjoyed the training. I am confident enough to train our members and document without any doubts. It was the perfect experience for me and my team as we will be able to do our work and apply the skills we gained.”

 

The next ZwaKala Media Makers Training will be in Limpopo in January 2016

 

 

 

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June 2017

We are excited to announce the release of ZwaKala Speaks!, the official newsletter of Iranti's ZwaKala project. Here you can find updates about our work with grassroots organisations in the region, as well as work from ZwaKala members. Tap into the pulse of grassroots activism; see what we're up to; download here!" Download it here...

 

ZwaKala project

South Africa, 15 May 2015

Below is a short account from Zandi Sherman.

 

Much of the month of May has been spent travelling with the Iranti-org team across Gauteng meeting with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), groups, and individuals participating in the ZwaKala project. The baseline study has taken us to various locations in the province, and given us an opportunity to spend time with CBOs in the areas in which they work. As part of the baseline we have been observing regular meetings as well as organizing in-depth interviews with each of the organizations and groups. We have used this time, not only to assess existing skills and knowledges, but also to allow each of the groups to contribute to the vision for ZwaKala moving forward.

 

We have been excited to find that across the board there is enthusiasm about developing media and documentation skills as advocacy tools. Hearing many of the organizations talk about the importance of “telling their own stories” reinforces the original impetus for ZwaKala. There have also been new and innovative suggestions for how documentation might help these groups with the work they do in their communities.

 

While there is a real interest in documentation, we have also taken stock of the various challenges that prevent CBOs from documenting and sharing stories from their communities. Many groups identified a lack of resources as their primary challenge, for example not having a suitable space to hold regular meetings. Even in cases where groups are able to document their work they may not be able to afford the bandwidth needed to disseminate what they have compiled. It is clear that in order to promote media and documentation as advocacy tools ZwaKala will also need to address broader organizational needs. For example many groups have expressed a desire to register their organizations as a springboard for growth.

 

Perhaps the most exciting outcome of this fieldwork has been noting the diverse skills and passions that each of the community based organizations hold. In our most recent interview with Vaal LGBTI it was suggested that ZwaKala may be an opportunity for CBOs to learn not only from Iranti-org but also from one another. We were equally excited that the meeting we organized with a number of trans women ended with a discussion about potentially using ZwaKala as a platform to start organizing as a group. We look forward to continuing our explorations in Gauteng before we move onto the other provinces.

 

by Zandi Sherman

 

Projects: Zwakala

ZwaKala Leaders Meeting

 

Johannesburg, 23 September 2015

The ZwaKala meeting for Coordinators and Directors of Community Based Organsations (CBO) was facilitated by Dolar Vasani on Monday, 14 September 2015. The meeting brought together CBOs that are part of the ZwaKala prject from three provinces. Expectations were high as the participants, from Limpopo, Gauteng and North West, eloquently voiced their understanding of ZwaKala in their human rights work in their communities and the importance of the project within their organisations. The participants also detailed their challenges as organisations and the need to use ZwaKala as a means to improve their human rights knowledge and media skills.

 

Participants were vocal about the success of the meeting. One participant reflected, “The sessions were very important. I learnt a lot from people from different provinces about how they are addressing their challenges and successes.”

 

The issue of Trans* visibility was also raised as many felt that Trans* issues were isolated and left marginalised within their communities. It was agreed that Trans* voices will be included in the project as ZwaKala represents the entire umbrella and does not marginalise any group.

 

The meeting wrapped up with participants creating the space for engagement with Iranti-org and other organisations within the ZwaKala project, to work together and “rise up”.

 

Founder Directors of Zwakala

Founder Directors of Zwakala

ZwaKala participants making action plans

ZwaKala participants making action plans

Zwakala participants doing evaluation sheets

Zwakala participants doing evaluation sheets

 

The next steps for the project is a capacity and media development plan which will categorise the level of capacity within each organisation and how ZwaKala can help capacitate these individuals and organisations. Below are additional comments from participants:

 

“The meeting was important because I’ve been able to learn how LGBTI groups could be strengthened in terms of undertaking advocacy effectively.”

 

“The meeting was valuable as it shows progress, passion and commitment.”
“Learning from other organisations and the Founder/Directors helped me recognise my own shortcomings.”

 

“I was given the opportunity to talk and to learn from fellow participants.”

 

 

ZwaKala Leaders Meeting

 

Johannesburg, 23 September 2015

The ZwaKala meeting for Coordinators and Directors of Community-Based Organsations (CBOs) was facilitated by Dolar Vasani on Monday, 14 September 2015. The meeting brought together CBOs that are part of the ZwaKala project from three provinces. Expectations were high as the participants, from Limpopo, Gauteng and North West, eloquently voiced their understanding of ZwaKala in their human rights work in their communities and the importance of the project within their organisations. The participants also detailed their challenges as organisations and the need to use ZwaKala as a means to improve their human rights knowledge and media skills.

 

Participants were vocal about the success of the meeting. One participant reflected, “The sessions were very important. I learnt a lot from people from different provinces about how they are addressing their challenges and successes.”

 

The issue of Trans* visibility was also raised as many felt that Trans* issues were isolated and left marginalised within their communities. It was agreed that Trans* voices will be included in the project as ZwaKala represents the entire umbrella and does not marginalise any group.

 

The meeting wrapped up with participants creating the space for engagement with Iranti-org and other organisations within the ZwaKala project, to work together and “rise up”.

 

Founder Directors of Zwakala

Founder Directors of ZwaKala

ZwaKala participants making action plans

ZwaKala participants making action plans

Zwakala participants doing evaluation sheets

ZwaKala participants doing evaluation sheets

 

The next steps for the project is a capacity and media development plan which will categorise the level of capacity within each organisation and how ZwaKala can help capacitate these individuals and organisations. Below are additional comments from participants:

 

“The meeting was important because I’ve been able to learn how LGBTI groups could be strengthened in terms of undertaking advocacy effectively.”

 

“The meeting was valuable as it shows progress, passion and commitment.”
“Learning from other organisations and the Founder/Directors helped me recognise my own shortcomings.”

 

“I was given the opportunity to talk and to learn from fellow participants.”

 

ZwaKala Leaders Meeting

Zwakala meeting September 2015

South Africa, 10 September 2015

Over 20 LGBTI activists from Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces will attend a meeting for Leaders on 14 September 2015 at the Iranti-org offices in Braamfontein.

 

The ZwaKala project, through this meeting, seeks to foster formal partnerships with LGBTI change agents in the three provinces. It also seeks to empower them to document and report on hate crimes in their community.

 

The meeting will look at the formalising structures and methodologies for these  partnerships as well as creating a space for partners to achieve their own organisational and institutional goals.

 

The ZwaKala project is firmly committed to empowering and supporting human rights defenders to document and report on human rights violations and creating sustainable change within the LGBTI sector.

 

Contact: Natasha Francis natasha@iranti.org.za

 

Regional media training hosted by
Iranti-org & Witness

ZwaKala project by Iranti-org first workshop, funded by the EU

South Africa, 5 July 2015

Between 3-9 May 2015, LGBTI activists from seven countries gathered in Johannesburg for a 6-day intense training workshop on video advocacy and storytelling.  This was co-hosted by Iranti-org and Witness, an organisation based in New York that uses video to document and advocate for human rights. This training followed the assessment undertaken in January 2015 and was the first formal activity under ZwaKala, Iranit-org’s EU funded project.

 

The very participative training was designed to capacitate LGBTI individuals and groups to use video to collect evidence and report on human rights violations. It sought to improve participants’ knowledge of video advocacy and storytelling for action.

 

Representatives came from CBOs and NGOs in South Africa (Gauteng, North West, Eastern Cape) as well as Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. “I really enjoyed the video advocacy training. It will help our group to create our own films, the way we want them and understand them. We are going to do our first advocacy video on Vaal Pride,” says Lindi Nhlapo, Coordinator of Vaal LGBTI.

 

For Leon from Jinsiangu, “The training will help me be a better documenter using media advocacy as my tool to create materials on transgender issues in Kenya.”  

 

ZwaKala project signing

Iranti-org's signs an agreement with the EU in SA


Johannesburg, 19 May 2015

On Monday 18 May, Emilia Potenza, the Chairperson of the Iranti-org Board signed the formal contract in the presence of Roeland van der Geer, the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to South Africa.

Iranti-org is one of three organisations in South Africa to have been awarded an EU grant under the Rule of Law, Human Rights and Migration portfolio. Prior to the lunch meeting,

Dolar Vasani from Iranti-org did a short presentation of the ZwaKala project. ZwaKala means to speak out. This 3-year initiative seeks to build the media documentation and reporting capacities of LGBTI community based organisations in three provinces - Gauteng, North West and Limpopo. In addition to receiving media making training, the CBOs will receive institutional support and will have access to internship opportunities in order to strengthen their technical knowledge and advocacy skills whilst advancing the rights of LGBTI persons in South Africa.

Emilia Potenza and Roeland van der Geer signing a the Zwakala project agreement with Iranti-org

Emilia Potenza and Roeland van der Geer signing the agreement between Iranti-org and the EU.

Emilia Potenza and Roeland van der Geer signing a the Zwakala project agreement with Iranti-org

 

Gathering the baseline for ZwaKala,
Iranti-org’s EU funded project

 

South Africa, 15 May 2015

Iranti-org is one of three organisations in South Africa to receive funding from the European Delegation in South Africa. ZwaKala, meaning speak out/rise up is a three-year programme that seeks to Strengthen the capacities of CBOs to document and report on human rights’ violations towards LGTBI persons in three provinces. In order to get more details of the starting point, Iranti-org commissioned Zandi Sherman, an independent consulant and researcher to undertake the baseline study in Gauteng.

IHAWU at Incala Park, Katlehong east of Johannesburg

IHAWU at Incala Park, Katlehong east of Johannesburg.
Photo by: Dikeledi Sibanda

Zandi Sherman, Dikeledi Sibanda and Kokeletso Legoete

Left to right: Zandi Sherman, Dikeledi Sibanda and Kokeletso Legoete facilitating the research. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

A group of transwomen came to the Iranti-org office’s in Randburg. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

A group of transwomen came to the Iranti-org office’s in Randburg.
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Speaking: Bakhambile Skhonasa from IHAWU group, based in Katlehong
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Speaking: Bakhambile Skhonasa from IHAWU group, based in Katlehong
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Vaal LGBT group at Ntabankulu Primary School, Zone 12 Sebokeng.
Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Vaal LGBT group at Ntabankulu Primary School, Zone 12 Sebokeng.
Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Uthingo - The Rainbow group based in Daveyton

Uthingo - The Rainbow group based in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Tisa Tshireletso group based in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.
Photo by Ayanda Msiza

Tisa Tshireletso group based in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.
Photo by Ayanda Msiza

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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