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Pan Africa ILGA Board announces Acting Executive Director

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PRESS STATEMENT

22 August 2017

Pan Africa ILGA Board announces Acting Executive Director.

The Board of Pan Africa ILGA is pleased to announce and welcome Nate Brown as the acting Executive Director of Pan Africa ILGA in the absence of Executive Director, Monica Tabengwa.

Monica Tabengwa will be taking time off during her sabbatical to complete her LLM dissertation in Senegal. From 1 August till December 2017. Nate Brown will accordingly fill in as Acting Executive Director till Monica returns to office fully.

Nate Brown has been working for Pan Africa ILGA as the Finance Manager for over a year and has extensive experience in the sector. He has intimate understanding of PAI’s vision and strategic goals, which makes him suited for the role. “I am very grateful for the opportunity Pan Africa ILGA has given me to grow and gain more experience in the movement. I am delighted and honoured to serve in this position as mandated to me by the Board of PAI. I look forward to working together with the Board and staff members at PAI to serve our community. I am happy to work in a team that, despite the challenges of a growing NGO, still manages to preserve a hands-on, practical mentality.” says Nate Brown.

The Board is confident that Nate Brown will successfully carry out the mandate of Pan Africa ILGA, and we encourage all our members and partners to support him. Ms. Tabengwa will continue to provide support where needed to ensure continuity of ongoing projects.

Statement issued by the Board of Pan Africa ILGA

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Kumkani Sivu Siwisa
Communications & Membership Officer
Sivu.Siwisa@panafricailga.org
+27 (11) 339 1139
www.panafricailga.org

 

PRESS STATEMENT: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia 2017: Commemorating Families of LGBTI People.

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PRESS STATEMENT
17 May 2017

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia 2017:

Commemorating Families of LGBTI People.

 

In spite of the numerous gains made worldwide towards acceptance and non-discrimination towards people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, in most parts of Africa, these gains are yet to be felt. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia still persist. States still have, within their laws, provisions that criminalize same-sex conduct. They still do not protect LGBTI people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Sections of the society still ostracise LGBTI people subjecting them to various forms of abuse including sexual violence and murder, physical violence and forced sterilizations, arbitrary arrests and forced anal testing.

As the world celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia focusing on families, we at Pan Africa ILGA acknowledge that there is indeed a need to focus on the role of families in the well-being of their LGBTI members. But we are saddened by what is happening in Africa today. We mourn with the family of Matisetso Alleta “Nonkie” Smous, a woman murdered for no other reason other than the fact that she loved another woman. We mourn with the family of Lerato Moloi who was raped and stoned to death because she dared to be different. These South African families and many others in the continent have suffered pain and loss at the hands of people who did not consider their children human.

The importance of families cannot possibly be undermined in the development of a society. When a person in our family leaves, they create a hole. One that cannot be filled by anyone else. Let us remember the many African families that have senselessly lost a loved one. The South African government ought to do something about these deaths of innocent individuals. How long must people suffer over who they are and love? How many more must die before something is done?” Monica Tabengwa – PAI Executive Director

As we celebrate families. Pan Africa ILGA calls on you to think about the families that have lost their loved ones due to homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. We call upon you to think about the LGBTI individuals who cannot be with their families because those families do not accept them for who they are. We call upon you to be the family we all want to have. Because it is love that makes a family.

 

Media Contacts:

Kumkani Sivu Siwisa                                         Anthony Oluoch

sivu.siwisa@panafricailga.org                         anthony.oluoch@panafricailga.org