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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

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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

PAI Extends Their Thanks To Conference Participants

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The Pan Africa ILGA Board and staff would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all those who participated in the 3rd PAI Regional Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 14-18, 2016.

The event brought together 180 participants from 34 countries in Africa. It attracted a diverse range of expert presentations including by key political figures, judges, human rights commissioners, human rights defenders and activists, donors and other regional and international allies.

The conference was about being part of a community; of belonging to a community of LGBTI citizens who came together to claim their rightful place in the continent; their right to belong in Africa and in their respective countries and communities, as FULL and EQUAL citizens.

The theme of the conference was ‘African Bodies: Breaking Ground Building Bridges”: As we celebrated our diversity and unity we also remembered those who laid the foundations, those who took the initial steps, and whose lives and livelihoods have been lost and/or destroyed, whose bodies have suffered indignity for our cause, and honoured those whose bodies continue to be the battleground of the struggle against inequality, discrimination, segregation and human rights violations!

Because We are proudly Africans, We refuse to be silenced or intimidated by bigotry, hate or intolerance, We shall continue to fight for social justice, equality, inclusion and recognition.

The 4th PAI Regional Conference will be held in 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana, we will be looking forward to more collaboration and community with you! Thank you one, thank you all!!

PLEASE VIEW OUR THANKYOU VIDEO HERE

Activists launch survey of young LGBTIQ Africans

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An activist organization of young LGBTIQ Africans is gearing up to play a larger role in the fight against injustice and anti-LGBTIQ violence.

In preparation for the Pan-Africa ILGA conference of activists, planned for May in South Africa, the African Queer Youth Initiative in cooperation with Advocates for Youth is conducting an anonymous survey of young LGBTIQ Africans, focusing on their needs and the challenges they face.

The deadline for filling out the survey is April 25.

https://76crimes.com/2016/04/20/activists-launch-survey-of-young-lgbtiq-africans/ 

NEW report maps growth of LGBTQ organizing in West Africa.

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A new report maps the growth of LGBTQ organizing in West Africa, highlighting challenges and opportunities/ Un nouveau rapport dresse la carte des organisations LGBTQ en Afrique de l’Ouest en indiquant les défis et les opportunités. Nous existons:

(English) https://static1.squarespace.com/…/1454039060234/We+Exist.pdf 

(French) https://static1.squarespace.com/…/1454040…/Nous+Existons.pdf