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Press Statement: 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

 

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.

Statement issued by the Board of PAI

 

Media Contacts:

Kumkani Sivu Siwisa                                         Anthony Oluoch

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

Joburg, South Africa: Pan Africa ILGA Welcomes New Staff Members

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02 May 2017

Joburg, South Africa: Pan Africa ILGA Welcomes New Staff Members

Pan Africa ILGA welcomes Anthony Oluoch and Sivu Siwisa who are joined us on 2 May 2017 as our new Programmes Manager and Programme Officer: Communications, respectively.

Anthony Oluoch is a Kenyan lawyer who has worked within the LGBTI movement for the past 7 years. He worked as the Legal and Human Rights Officer at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya where he was instrumental in the design and initial implementation of what was then, a strategy towards decriminalization of adult consensual same sex conduct. He then joined Gay Kenya Trust, an organization that works towards equality and non-discrimination for all including gay and lesbian individuals in Kenya. He currently sits on the advisory panel of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the board of the IDAHOT Committee.

Sivu Siwisa is a Black Queer Non-Conforming Feminist and LGBTIAPQ+ activist with a huge appetite for communications, advocacy, movement building and organising. They are a Communications Specialist by training, and are committed to using feminist frameworks to create communications tools and strategies for social justice work across the continent. Sivu has worked for South Africa’s leading advertising agencies as a Copywriter and has also worked at Gender DynamiX as a Media and Communication Officer. They were instrumental in the inception of the Alternative Inclusive Pride and has been an active contributor in organising of Khumbulani Pride. Sivu was named Brand South Africa’s 40 under 40 for their gender activism work and was also named as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to look out for, for their contribution to Civil Society.
Mr. Oluoch and Siwisa join PAI at a time when the organisation is growing, with the aim to meet its strategic goals for the next three years. They both bring with them a wealth of experience, strength and a vision towards making PAI a regional body that benefits all her members.

We are very proud to have Tony and Sivu joining our team. Please join us in welcoming them! They can be reached at Anthony.Oluoch@panafricailga.org and Sivu.Siwisa@panafricailga.org.

For more enquiries contact Richard Lusimbo-Co-Chair PAI Board at rlusimbo@gmail.com, +27795558219 or Monica Tabengwa-Executive Director at monica@panafricailga.org +27767958245

NGO space under threat at the African Commission

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Joint Statement:

NGO space under threat at the African Commission

Banjul, Gambia
3 November 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For the first time in the history of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), an organization working on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) issues will be able to make a statement in their own name.

The Coalition of African Lesbians(CAL), a regional organization, was granted observer status in April 2015 at the 56th Session of the ACHPR held in Banjul, the Gambia. This was after a 7 year struggle to attain the same.

This move by the ACHPR showed a willingness to listen to and expand recognition not only of the SOGIE community but also of groups not traditionally recognized in this space. It set a hopeful precedent that offered opportunities for change and transformation for a broader range of human rights issues on a regional scale.

The position is however being threatened by a decision of the African Union Executive Council requesting that the ACHPR revoke observer status to NGOs not subscribing to ‘African values’,
recommending a review of the criteria for granting observer status to NGOs and the withdrawal of CAL’s observer status. The decision stated;

“Requests the ACHPR to take into account the fundamental African values, identity and good traditions, and to withdraw the observer status granted to NGOs who may attempt to impose values contrary to the African values; in this regard, requests the ACHPR to review its criteria for granting Observer Status to NGOs and to withdraw the observer status granted to the Organization called CAL, in line with those African Values.”

These requests, in and of themselves, pose several issues;

1) Decisions of the ACHPR need to be trusted in order to maintain the credibility and autonomy of The Commission. Should the aforementioned requests be granted, the independence of the commission will inevitably be put to question thus jeopardizing the protection and the promotion of human rights as stipulated in the African Charter.
2) The reference to African values is arbitrary as the same has not been mentioned anywhere in the African Charter nor in the criteria for granting Observer Status established in Article 2(a) of the resolution adopted by The Commission in 1999.
3) There is a continued attempt to limit diversity among NGOs participating in the African Commission space, in particular, silencing the voices and limiting the access to these spaces of NGOs not prescribing to a conservative understanding of African values.

DOC.EX.CL/Dec887 (XXVII) Decision on the Thirty-Eighth Activity Report of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’Rights |

Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) and The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) urge the ACHPR to stand by her mandate to protect and promote the human rights for all Africans without discrimination.

For further information please contact:
Latheem – contact@panafricailga.org (Pan Africa ILGA)Hejin Kim – hejin@arasa.info (ARASA)

Intersex Awareness Day_2015

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INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY

26 October 2015

People with intersex variations face ever increasing challenges around misgendering, non-consensual genital surgery performed on them as infants or children and in some cases genital mutilation.

Many intersexed people are born with ambiguous genitalia which can range from external reproductive organs to internal reproductive organs, or sex organs which are not clearly defined.

In many countries being intersex is still not recognized as a human right and still treated as an aberration, which often leads to misgendering at birth resulting in much avoidable psychological trauma later on. Today marks the highlighting and remembering of these challenges faced by intersexed persons.

As an LGBTI community let us also remember that as divers as we are, we often misunderstand or lack knowledge entirely of intersexed people. Often mis ‘labelling’ them or excommunicating them. Let us honor the ‘I’ in the LGBTI spectrum. For to educate ourselves around the challenges and choices of intersexed persons is to truly work toward an all-inclusive community.

We here at Pan Africa ILGA would like commend all Intersex based organizations around the world on their efforts in working towards creating awareness and inclusivity of intersex people. We applaud your vigilance and perseverance. In solidarity and appreciation, we stand by you!