The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says government has noted the recent global issues on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and intersexuals (LGBTI).
On 24 February 2014, a Zambian court reportedly freed a rights activist arrested last year for publicly advocating gay rights.
On 25 February 2014, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, signed off an anti-gay bill - which states that first-time ‘offenders’ could be jailed for up to 14 years while repeat offenders could face life imprisonment - which would see gays imprisoned.
To read the article titled, “SA seeking clarity on LGBT rights in other countries,” click here.Source:Times Live
- Gay and Lesbian NetworkPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Monday, January 7, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
The Gay and Lesbian Network seeks to appoint a Senior Outreach Coordinator, based in KwaZulu-Natal.
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- Gender DynamiXPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Thursday, October 31, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
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The successful candidate will commence work in January 2014.
The Field Worker will support implementation of outreach and advocacy, with particular responsibilities for supporting transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. The successful candidate will work closely with the Advocacy Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Financial Officer and the Fundraiser.
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The Department of Police says that transgender people will now be locked up in their own cells when arrested, this will ensure that transgender people are not victimised by other inmates while in police custody.
Deputy Police Minister, Maggie Sotyu, points out that, “…there are identified police stations where they will be kept away from other people. This is a challenge across all provinces."
Furthermore, the Women's Legal Centre has established a protocol on how police officers should deal with sex workers and transgender people.
To read the article titled, “Transgender people will get own cells,” click here.Source:Times Live
- My palms and arms are splattered with paint and my fingertips tinged red, blue and green. I have just completed an Art for Activism workshop with young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people. The workshop aims to explore their experiences, foster leadership, encourage expression and build capacity through art and visual advocacy.
In Zambia, like many other countries in Southern Africa, where LGBTI people face raging homophobia, and where the society and constitution permits this discrimination, art is one of the few, yet powerful platforms for activism and the expression of their identity and lived reality.
Zambia criminalises homosexuality and the punishment for engaging in any homosexual activity is imprisonment of up to 14 years. Many queer people live in silence, fear and despair. There is also resistance from the Zambian government to allow and register organisations advocating for non-discrimination and equality for queer people in the country.
In April, police arrested Paul Kasonkomona, an activist for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, for ‘inciting the public to take part in indecent activities’. In May this year, family members of a young gay couple reported them to the police for living together in the northern town of Kapiri Mposhi. Their trial is still ongoing.
Homophobic legislation is not only limited to Zambia, in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, homosexuality is illegal. While Madagascar and Mozambique do not explicitly outlaw homosexual activity, South Africa is the only county in SADC that recognises same-sex relationships, same-sex marriage and bans all forms of discrimination and hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation.
Hate crimes perpetrated against the LGBTI are widespread across the region, the continent and the globe. Ugandan gay rights activist, David Kato Kisule, was murdered in 2011 shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed. This month, Eric Ohena Lembembe, LGBTI activist and journalist from Cameroon, was found tortured and murdered in his home. Despite South Africa's progressive Constitution, homophobic men continue to victimise, rape and murder lesbian women. Duduzile Zozo was raped and brutally murdered just earlier this month.
Young people in Southern Africa face many challenges in a world of rapid social changes, economic recession, religious fundamentalism and a widening gap between the wealthy and the poor. Although young LGBTI people share these same hardships, they also experience additional problems related to their sexuality, such as exclusion from education, discrimination in the workplace and unemployment.
Art for Activism is part of a project led by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), which is a South African non-governmental organisation (NGO) currently facilitating art and citizen journalism workshops in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the rights of LGBTI youth in Southern Africa by building skills and confidence and encouraging within communities of queer youth.
The art produced by the 18 to 25 year old youths to be displayed during these workshops, exhibited a number of striking themes; family, the pressure to conform to sets of gendered values as well as the threat and experience of families disowning them.
The youth compared family to a ‘box'; a hollow object that society forces them to fit into. The square shape is distinct as it allows this box to fit into the larger ‘boxes' in society, like religion, tradition, culture and nationality. The binary agents being the woman and man, the mother and father, each take on the responsibility to manage and make certain the boxes are in ‘order.'
For me, society's general perception of fatherhood, motherhood and parenting reflects a specific gendered order. I was born into this world as the eldest son and immediately associated and socialised by soccer, the colour blue, plastic army men and short hair. In my culture, the eldest son is a leader who slaughters the animal, takes care of his sisters and sits with his father at the head of the table.
The eldest son and the father are linked by the custom of inherited power, and as the eldest son, I am also expected to enforce the gendered orderliness of the family ‘box'. However, I was a little boy who did not like soccer, preferred different colours, refused to slaughter the animals and enjoyed lip syncing Whitney Houston music videos.
My attraction to people of the same sex and my refusal to change who I was, led to a lot of tension between my father and I. My divergence as the queer son ruptured the orderliness of the family ‘box', which did not accommodate my difference, and this led to my exclusion.
The tension and exclusion I experienced is not unique. This narrative is common among the queer youth I work with and it is part of a larger problem: a heterosexist and homophobic society, which constructs itself according to patriarchal and heterosexual norms. The tension extends into adulthood and excluding queer people from having their own families and parenting children.
How do we usher in new ways of understanding the family that challenge the heterosexist family ‘box'?
Our greatest challenge and personal struggle is the ongoing creative process of reclaiming the family space, resisting heterosexist-gendered order, rebuilding relationships and re-forming the notion of family into another shape, beyond a square box and into a shape that embraces diversity, love and equality.
The creativity of these Zambian youth reflects this process. They are forming authentic family networks with like-minded peers, lovers and family members who are open to adapting the notion of family. This is one of the deepest roots of activism: if we start at home by challenging our own family to embrace diversity and oppose inequality, we might eventually change the inequality that exists within larger structures of our society.
- Gabriel Hoosain Khan is a human rights activist and the Youth and Education Project coordinator at Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA). This article is part of Gender Link's Opinion and Commentary Service that offers fresh views on everyday news.
Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has accused his political rivals of wanting to ‘bring back the white people’ and criticised gay rights ahead of that country’s elections.
Mugabe, who attacked gay marriage because it is ‘alien to Africa’, appealed to thousands of members of a church in Eastern Marange to support his bid for re-election after 33 years in power.
"We made a mistake in 2008 to vote for the people who love the white people. Voting for people who want to bring back the white people and thinking that there won't be any development without white people," he explains.
To read the article titled, “Mugabe takes a swipe at white people, gay rights in Africa,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
A top European Union (EU) lawyer in a case involving African nationals, has recommended that gays and lesbians from nations that have criminalised their sexual orientation can be granted refuge in Europe, but only if they are demonstratively persecuted.
Homosexuality is officially a crime in 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to rights organisation, Amnesty International.
Many African leaders say homosexuality is foreign to the continent and dismiss homosexuals as being ‘un-African’.
To read the article titled, “Top EU lawyer says persecuted homosexuals can be granted refuge,” click here.Source:SABC News
An independent Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) member, Genevieve le Coq, says that South Africa has a Constitution that protect individuals from various forms of discrimination.
Le Coq points out that, “But this doesn’t mean that people will change how they think, culturally, adding that South Africans need to be educated on how to deal with social, cultural, religious and tribal prejudice without using violence.
She says that people think that homosexuality is a sickness and therefore take matters into their own hands – which results in murder. In addition, Le Coq says a gender-motivated killing is an attack on the gender identity or sexual orientation of the victim.
Her comments follow this month’s brutal killing of Duduzile Zozo in the East Rand.
To read the article titled, “Brutal lesbian rape calls for action,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Gender-based violence independent researcher, Lisa Vetten, says religious and traditional leaders have a major role to play in preventing homophobic crimes.
Reacting to the killing of 26-year old Duduzile Zozo in Thokoza, Vetten says although South Africa is a leader in recognising the rights of gays and lesbians, in practice those rights only exist on paper.
She explains: "Our religious leaders have a special responsibility. I think because they are picky, intolerant and unaccepting. They are paying a part into people not accepting lesbians, gay and transgender individuals. So, I would like to see them taking a leadership role and examining the intolerance."
To read the article titled, “Religious leaders urged to protect gay rights,” click here.Source:SABC News
The ramming of a toilet brush into the vagina of Duduzile Zozo, the lesbian who was murdered in Ekhurhuleni, caused her death, according to the post-mortem results.
The victim of what is believed to be a hate crime against lesbians suffered severe organ damage during the ordeal.
Police spokesperson, Godfrey Maditsi, points out that, “There was no blood at the scene. She died from severe organ damage.”
To read the article titled, “Violated lesbian died from internal injuries,” click here.Source:The Citizen