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  • Remembering Gerald Kraak: On the Vision and Legacy of an Extraordinary Man

    It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Gerald Kraak – a beloved friend, comrade, mentor and supporter of the South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) movement.

    It is no exaggeration to say that the sector as we know it would not have been possible without Kraak’s vision, courage and determination. As the head of the South African office of Atlantic Philanthropies, Kraak was responsible for a major shift in the funding landscape, one that reinvigorated and forever altered our movement. Remarkably, Kraak also found the time to write a novel, ‘Ice in the Lungs’, which was the joint winner of the 2005 EU Literary Award and to direct a landmark documentary, ‘Property of the State: Gay Men in the Apartheid Military (2003)’.

    When Kraak became part of the funding sector in the mid-1990s, very few donors were willing to support the then-nascent LGBTI movement. At the time, most regarded sexuality and gender rights as secondary to the ‘big’ issues facing the new South Africa. This attitude was mirrored in the politics of the day: in a country plagued by racial inequality, economic disparity and violence, the ‘gay and lesbian question’ was viewed at best with suspicion and at worst with contempt and revulsion.

    Gerald Kraak thought differently. He believed that South Africa’s transformation would not be possible unless all people - including LGBTI persons - could access their human and socio-economic rights. His broad vision for social justice encompassed all South Africans - from migrants and refugees to farm workers to activists fighting for freedom of information.

    But Kraak did more than offer financial assistance to a fledgling movement: his foresight created space for a crucial transformation to take place. Through Kraak’s support, particularly after he joined Atlantic Philanthropies in the early 2000s, new organisations were able to emerge and existing groups were able to re-evaluate their approach. The impact the funding Gerald provided is apparent in the new generation of black community leaders, specifically those from townships and rural areas, who came to the fore during this period.

    In 2008, Kraak himself reflected on the shape of the LGBTI movement during the early years of our democracy:

    LGBTI organisations were concentrated in urban areas. They were typically strapped for cash, crisis-driven, run by small, committed activist staffs, and sometimes lacked professional capacity to carry out their programmes and relied on one or two donors for support… More problematically, the public face of the community was largely white, male and middle class.

    Kraak understood that this situation would not change without sustained and strategic investment. He recognised the need for organisations to be provided with a level of funding that allowed not only for programmatic activities but also for growth and development. The ensuing support permitted the movement to reappraise its values and goals, and to begin working in a more strategic and coordinated fashion. In his own words, Kraak described his approach as ‘less about an injection of cash into an impoverished sector than a synergy between targeted funding and imperatives within the movement itself’.

    The significance of this approach, of funding according to strategic outcomes, is evident in the 2006 adoption of the Civil Union Act. Kraak played a crucial role in channelling funds towards the same-sex marriage cause, ultimately allowing for the advocacy campaign that made this historic moment possible. Indeed, without the support of Atlantic Philanthropies, it is very unlikely that the Joint Working Group would have been able to undertake litigation or to successfully lobby the African National Congress leadership.

    It is also through Kraak’s expansive vision that transgender and intersex struggles became included in the broader LGBTI agenda in South Africa. With his support, for the first time, transgender activists could formalise themselves and create strong organisations. This validation contributed towards shifting the transgender movement from the margins.

    When Atlantic began its phased withdrawal from South Africa, Kraak acted to ensure sustainability of the movement. More than any other person, he was crucial in the establishment of the Other Foundation. In its first year, the fund has already demonstrated its commitment to advancing the rights of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. None of this would have been possible without Kraak’s tireless work. 

    While the impact of Kraak’s vision is indisputable, he would be the first to argue that we still have a long way to go. Over the last few years, Kraak continued to urge the LGTBI sector to build alliances with other movements and to engage strategically with political parties, trade unions and mainstream faiths. Such an approach, he argued, would highlight the connections between our struggles while also helping to increase visibility of our communities. For many organisations, this strategy has shaped our current and future activities.

    There are very few LGBTI organisations that have not benefited from Kraak’s dream of a better world. It is because of his courage to support an overlooked sector that our movement exists in the form that it does. Kraak’s refusal to take the easy approach, his insistence on allowing organisations to develop on their own terms, has left a lasting legacy on our movement and on South Africa. We still have a long road ahead in the struggle for sexuality and gender rights, but we are closer than ever to realising the freedoms of our Constitution.

    We thank you, Kraak, for all that you have done to make this world a better place.

    A luta continua!

    A memorial service will be held on 1 November 2014 in Johannesburg and on 6 and 7 November 2014 in Cape Town. Full details will be sent out in due course.

    In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wits Hospice can be made to:
    • Account Number: 201658186
    • Branch Code: 004105
    For more information contact:

    Coalition of African Lesbians
    Tel: 011 403 0004

    Durban Lesbian & Gay Community and Health Centre
    Tel: 031 312 7402

    Forum for the Empowerment of Women
    Tel: 011 403 1906

    Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action
    Tel: 011 717 4239

    Gender DynamiX
    Tel: 021 633 5287

    Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    Tel: 021 461 4027

    OUT Wellbeing
    Tel: 012 430 3272

    Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network
    Tel: 033 342 6165

    Triangle Project
    Tel: 021 686 1475

    Picture courtesy of Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Ban on Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Welcomed

    The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down a law banning the promotion of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.
     
    The anti-gay legislation was deemed null and void by the court on the technicality that it was not passed by a required parliamentary quorum.
     
    On the substance of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, there was no ruling from this court that struck down the law because not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill, that aside, the decision was welcomed by UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sedibe, who called it a great day for social justice and where the rule of law had prevailed.
     
    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS welcomes Uganda anti-gay law ban,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • No Gay Rights' Echos State - Minister

    Zambia has reiterated its position not to recognise gay rights, saying that ‘gaysm’ runs counter to the country’s culture and is an affront to the Constitution which recognises the country as a Christian Nation.

    The country’s foreign affairs deputy minister, Gabriel Namulambe, who also urged foreign missions accredited to Zambia to respect the views of the country about gay rights, says the country will abide by Christian values.

    "I want to make it very clear here that as Government, we have the Constitution to protect and in the preamble of our Constitution, Zambia is a Christian Nation and as such we live by the Christian values and we will not be able to recognise gay rights," he explained.

    To read the article titled, “No Gay Rights' Echos State,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Police: AIDS Project Pays Men to be Gay

    According to a newspaper report, Ugandan police are accusing a United States-funded AIDS project for paying young men to become homosexuals.

    The Daily Monitor quotes police as saying that the Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, had been ‘infiltrated’ by officers and was found to be recruiting gays.

    The statement further states that, “Police deployed crime intelligence officers to verify the claims, by infiltrating the project. Two officers undertook the assignment and were registered for training by the non-governmental organisation and found out that the trainees were being shown videos of men engaging in homosexual activity.”

    To read the article titled, “Uganda police accuse HIV/AIDS project of gay ‘recruitment’,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Gays Divided Over HIV Prevention Drug

    A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

    Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50 000 a year in the United States.

    Despite mounting evidence of Truvada's effectiveness, other argue that such efforts are reckless, tempting some condom users to abandon that layer of protection and exposing them to an array of other sexually transmitted infections aside from HIV.

    To read the article titled, “Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Challenged

    Gay rights activists in Uganda filed a legal petition against the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act, which calls for tougher penalties against gay persons. 
            
    The new law strengthens existing punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ - including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.
            
    The legislation criminalises lesbianism for the first time and makes it a crime to help individuals engage in homosexual acts. 
             
    In the same vein, gay rights activist and lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, says the new law contravenes Uganda's constitution. 
     
    To read the article titled, “Activists determined to overturn Uganda anti-gay law,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • SA Seeks Clarity on LGBTI Rights

    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 Network: Senior Outreach Coordinator

    Gay and Lesbian Network
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Gay and Lesbian Network is a young and dynamic NGO working towards creating positive change in the wellbeing of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex LGBTI community in Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

    The Gay and Lesbian Network seeks to appoint a Senior Outreach Coordinator, based in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Responsibilities;
    • Development, coordination and implementation of the Network’s outreach programme;
    • Raising awareness and extending the reach of the programme;
    • Research and resource material development;
    • Identify key strategic external stakeholders who could benefit from the programme;
    • Coordinate, train and mentor volunteer trainers and facilitators;
    • Manage staff, volunteers and budget.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent in community development;
    • Two years working experience at community level;
    • Excellent communication, presentation, research and report writing skills;
    • Knowledge of the NGO sector and experience working with diverse people and organisations;
    • Commitment to the LGBTI sector;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and within a small team environment;
    • Ability to network with key external partners in mainstreaming the Network’s trainings;
    • Computer literate;
    • Proficiency in English and isiZulu preferred.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter to director@gaylesbiankzn.org or fax to: 086 508 2203.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about the Gay and Lesbian Network, refer to www.gaylesbiankzn.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • African Men for Sexual Health and Rights: Executive Director

    African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR]
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 28, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR], one of Africa's biggest coalitions for the health and human rights of men who have sex with men/lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [MSM/LGBT] persons, is looking for a new Finance Manager.

    AMSHeR is a coalition of LGBT organisations formed to provide a response to the grave human rights violations faced by LGBT people and the disproportionate way in which HIV affects men who have sex with men (MSM) on the continent.

    AMSHeR works through advocacy, information sharing, coalition building, networking, and exchanging advocacy tools and strategies within other movements including those that fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and HIV/AIDS status primarily in Africa but also around the world.

    AMSHeR seeks to appoint a Executive Director (ED), based in Johannesburg.

    The ED heads up the Secretariat, providing effective and visionary leadership to enhance AMSHeR’s regional role through fostering national, regional and international collaborative partnerships, leading the building of AMSHeR as the authoritative voice for African men in the MSM and LBGT sector. Specific responsibilities include leading organisational strategy development and review, engaging as a thought leader and strategic partner with relevant regional, national and international bodies, leading, guiding and ensuring reporting on all operational delivery including all programmes, finance, resource mobilisation, compliance and risk management, and supporting the process of enhancing membership capacity.

    Suitably qualified candidates should have deep experience and knowledge of the MSM and the LGBT sector, related health sector issues facing key populations, and the development sector generally. The candidate should understand and support good governance processes in order to work effectively with the AMSHeR Board, and should be able to manage and optimize a dynamic senior team. The candidate should be comfortable engaging with senior government officials and ministers, and international representatives at forums such as the African Commission and the UN. Experience in advocacy and human rights work is important. The candidate should be a dynamic and charismatic leader who is recognized as an authority and is able to influence and drive the MSM and SOGI agendas effectively in the face of African countries’ opposition. AMSHeR works all over Africa and fluency in French would be a significant advantage.

    Requirements:
    • Postgrad degree in development, public health or equivalent, ideally a post grad qualification in Business Management, Commerce or Finance. Minimum of 10-12 years managerial experience, at least four at a senior level, preferably in HIV/AIDS, the MSM/LBGTI or development sector;
    Knowledge of:
    • MSM sector trends HIV sector trends;
    • Audit and asset management;
    • Board and committees;
    • Budget/procurement management;
    • Compliance (incl. King III);
    • Delegations of authority employment Equity ActHR & Financial management systems;
    • Internal Audit/internal controls;
    • Labour relations Act;
    • Risk management and system;
    • Donors/sector stakeholders/Subject matter experts AMSHeR donor agreements;
    • AMSHeR strategic plan;
    • AMSHeR programmes and projects;
    • Strategy management, system and process.
    Skills and attributes:
    • Analysis and interpretation coaching and mentoring communication – verbal and written;
    • Conflict and performance management;
    • Information systems management judgement and decision making;
    • Meetings management;
    • Monitoring and evaluation;
    • Planning and prioritising;
    • Policy and procedure management;
    • Quality management and relationship management;
    • Report writing;
    • Resources mobilisation and management.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivating letter which explains the exceptional skills held, a list of current referees, and any endorsements to Ingrid Obery at ingrid@amsher.net

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, refer to www.amsher.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • African Men for Sexual Health and Rights: Finance Manager

    African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR]
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 28, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR], one of Africa's biggest coalitions for the health and human rights of men who have sex with men/lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [MSM/LGBT] persons, is looking for a new Finance Manager.

    AMSHeR is a coalition of LGBT organisations formed to provide a response to the grave human rights violations faced by LGBT people and the disproportionate way in which HIV affects men who have sex with men (MSM) on the continent

    AMSHeR works through advocacy, information sharing, coalition building, networking, and exchanging advocacy tools and strategies within other movements including those that fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and HIV/AIDS status primarily in Africa but also around the world.

    AMSHeR seeks to appoint a Finance Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    The Finance Manager is responsible for running the organisation’s finances and financial reporting. Specific responsibilities include implementation of financial policies, and procedures, and financial advisory support to strategy development processes. The Finance Manager would undertake general accounting work, ensure financial compliance, manage financial reporting, manage sub-granting processes and support audit preparation. This post also includes contributing to resource mobilisation activities, and supporting company secretary functions.

    Suitably qualified candidates should have experience in a middle level financial management. This should include extensive work on using and running financial systems, ensuring compliance, maintaining accurate records and reporting against general good accounting practice. Experience with complex project based finances is necessary, including multiple reporting requirements. Knowledge of company secretarial functions is an added benefit, and knowledge of the donor environment is essential. Experience in managing grant-making activities and non-profit sector resource mobilisation would be a distinct advantage. Some experience of in the HIV/AIDS and MSM and LBGTI sectors or development sector would be an advantage. The post is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Requirements:
    • BCom or equivalent degree/experience;
    Knowledge of
    • Sector trends and asset management;
    • Budget and procurement processes;
    • Compliance (incl King III);
    • Donors/sector stakeholders;
    • Employment Equity Act;
    • Good practice in grant management and administration/GAAP;
    • Accounting systems and processes;
    • Internal audit/Internal controls;
    • Best Practice financial management systems;
    • MSM and LBGTI stakeholders;
    • Labour relations Act;
    • Risk management systems;
    • AMSHeR donor agreements;
    • AMSHeR strategic plan/workplans.
    Skills and attributes
    • Pastel, Microsoft Office Suite;
    • High level numeracy and numerical reasoning;
    • Capacity management;
    • Compliance management;
    • Information systems management;
    • Judgement and decision making Communication – written and verbal;
    • Problem solving and quality management;
    • Resources management;
    • Monitoring and controlling;
    • Performance management;
    • Planning and prioritising;
    • Policy and procedure management;
    • Analysis and interpretation.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivating letter which explains the exceptional skills held, a list of current referees, and any endorsements to Ingrid Obery at ingrid@amsher.net.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, refer to www.amsher.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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