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LGBTI

  • 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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  • Gender DynamiX: Human Rights & Lobbying Coordinator

    Gender DynamiX
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 11, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Gender DynamiX is a NGO working to protect the rights of transgender, transsexual and gender diverse people on a national level. The organisation provides assistance and referrals about trans health, mental health and legal information. Gender DynamiX consults with trans people and their significant others, friends, families and allies (SOFFA’s) and liaises with employers. Educational workshops and seminars are one of the organisations main activities.

    Gender DynamiX seeks to appoint a Human Rights and Lobbying Coordinator, based in Cape Town.

    The incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organisation’s human rights campaigns and movement building projects. This work involves creating visibility of transgender struggles and form networks and partnerships with mainstream civil society organisations.  About 30% of work time is travel related, mostly around the country.

    Responsibilities will include:
    • Working closely with our Legal and Research Coordinator;
    • Giving input on our research projects;
    • Lobbying state institutions pertaining lack of implementation of laws that protect transgender rights;
    • Network and build relationships with administrative and healthcare officials in the public and private sphere;
    • Develop educational initiatives and undertake public advocacy relating to gender diversity in Southern Africa;
    • Work with the GDX team on putting together publications, meetings and conference presentations;
    • Encouraging research on the mainstreaming of transgender issues particularly focused around health;
    • Raising awareness about transgender issues in South Africa;
    • Managing and coordinate  advocacy projects;
    • Conceptualising new projects  in line with the organisational strategic plan;
    • Mobilise resources for our human rights projects;
    • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the projects as may be required by the Executive Director or the Executive Board.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in social sciences in a relevant field will be an added advantage. A Master’s degree will be preferred;
    • Knowledge of and experience in organising advocacy initiatives at national level – preferable three years;
    • Analytical, creative, strategic and problem-solving skills;
    • Good communications, interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of people and organisations at the national level;
    • Diplomatic, lobbying and political skills;
    • Pro-active and self-motivated with the ability to work very well within a team environment;
    • Good time management skills, including the ability to work towards deadlines;
    • Computer literacy, including electronic networking skills;
    • Programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and report-writing skills;
    • Some experience in facilitation and presentation;
    • Willingness and ability to travel and work outside official working hours;
    • Proven track record of achieving results which includes management of projects, partners and resources.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to Louw at admin@genderdynamix.org.za with the following:
    • Motivation for applying for this position;
    • Motivation should include an explanation of your understanding of gender identity and trans issues;
    • Examples of previous advocacy work experience;
    • Three contactable references;
    • An indication of your availability date;
    • Gender DynamiX is an equal opportunities employer. A salary in accordance with qualification and experience will be offered.
    No need at this stage to email scanned ID copies, drivers licence, matric certificates, diplomas, degrees or any other academic documents.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  Gender DynamiX reserves the right not to make an appointment.  Should you not have received a response within two weeks of the closing date, please consider that your application was unsuccessful.
     
    For more about Gender DynamiX, refer to www.genderdynamix.org.za.

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

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  • Gender DynamiX: Administration Officer

    Gender DynamiX
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Gender DynamiX is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Cape Town working to protect the rights of transgender, transsexual and gender diverse people on a national level. The organisation provides assistance and referrals about trans health, mental health and legal information. Gender DynamiX consults with trans people and their significant others, friends, families and allies (SOFFA’s) and liaises with employers. Educational workshops and seminars are one of the organisations main activities.

    Gender DynamiX seeks to appoint a Administration Officer, based in Cape Town.
     
    The Administration Officer will be responsible for the effective administration of our office. The Administration Officer will undertake day-to-day tasks such as online correspondence, reception duties, upkeep of the various data bases, filing and liaising with clients who visit or call. A large percentage of time will be allocated in logistical arrangements of meetings and workshops including flight bookings, transport schedules and venue sourcing. The organisation works on a system of obtaining quotes and all functions of our work needs to fit in with our financial systems.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Develop and upkeep of admin and all filing systems;
    • Data capturing for Gender DynamiX’s data bases;
    • Reply to telephone and online inquiries;
    • Maintain all office supplies and personal amenities;
    • Conduct online research and updating SA and international information on relevant issues to trans and intersex advocacy;
    • Media monitoring (collecting clippings and online news items);
    • Assist drop-in clients with the internet and other office activities (copy, scan, etc);
    • Coordinate logistical arrangements for travel, catering, ground transport and venues for meetings and workshops;
    • Take minutes at meetings;
    • Prepare materials for meetings, public events and support groups;
    • Gather documentation for projects, including publicity materials, stories, interviews and other content;
    • Contact various providers when essential equipment and services (internet, printers, computers, etc.).
    Requirements:
    • Responsible, people person with formal training in administration or office skills, or have equivalent work experience;
    • Fully computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office;
    • Innovative self-starter who can work independently and take full responsibility for the office functions;
    • Valid driver’s licence is a bonus;
    • The successful applicant will be expected to be flexible to the needs of the organisation and be a team player.
    Salary is in accordance with qualification and experience.

    To apply submit a CV and motivational letter with three contactable references to lieslt@genderdynamix.org.za.

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

    Gender DynamiX is an equal opportunity employer committed to employ within our future Employment Equity obligation.

    For more about Gender DynamiX, refer to www.genderdynamix.org.za.

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

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  • Gender DynamiX: Executive Director

    Gender DynamiX
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Gender DynamiX (GDX) is a Human Rights organisation focusing our advocacy on transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming people’s rights and access to services. Gender DynamiX provides information about transgender, transsexual and gender non-confirming identities and seeks to promote awareness and acceptance by means of educating and empowering people from diverse communities, including: government departments, service providers such as medical professionals, teachers, employers, police, journalists and universities. Gender DynamiX also reach out to parents, children, co-workers and people who journey alongside transexual people.

    With the change of leadership, due to the founder director leaving, there is a window of opportunity for this vibrant organisation to effect changes that will lead to a new era in trans activism in South Africa. We are looking for a candidate that is prepared to lead, as well as fight from the trenches. Advocacy is our focus to ensure that transgender people are given a platform to highlight their concerns.

    Gender DynamiX seeks to appoint a Executive Director, based in Cape Town.

    The successful candidate should be a visionary executive Director to take Gender DynamiX from strength to strenght

    The successful candidate will need to effectively liaise effectively with our funding partners, coordinate with stakeholders to develop good relations and a renewed sense of community, focus GDX work on national trans* advocacy, liaise with Management Committee, oversee projects and write grant proposals and reports in an organisation that works on a system of collective responsibility.

    Responsibilities:

    Key outputs and standards
    • Soliciting funding opportunities
      • Write / oversee the writing for grant applications;
      • Oversight of grant process - scheduling, reporting, financial management and
      • Write interim and final reporting to funders.
    • Strategic Management
      • Ability to survey current trends in Africa and abroad for ideas on how to advance human rights for trans* and non-gender conforming persons;
      • Understanding of how current legislation progresses in other areas of human rights and constituent input intersect to create new opportunities for GDX to serve constituents;
      • Knowledge of how to strategically enter into mutually beneficial agreements with agencies to increase organisational capacity
    • Human Resources
      • Knowledge / Experience with employee evaluation, hiring and termination;
      • Sourcing opportunities for staff development;
    • Financial Management
      • Aptitude for reading and understanding financial reports;
      • Able to compile and complete an financial report;
      • Experience in preparing writing budgets;
      • Familiarity with requirements for audits;
      • Experience / knowledge with procurement;
    • Advocacy
      • Representation of the (South) African perspective at regional and international conferences to funders, other advocates and government;
      • Maintaining current knowledge of legislation and court cases to ensure that advocacy is being done within the organisation to address identified gaps;
    • Networking
      • Capacity to assess the value of potential relationships between GDX and other organisations in increasing our mission and capacity to grow and pursue them;
      • Ability to understand the impact of leveraging relationships to expand capacity or access;
      • Talent for negotiating the pitfalls of when to accept or decline invitations to be part of different movements or actions to advantage GDX;
    • Liaising and working with the Management Committee (MC);
      • Attend quarterly meetings to report current actions by GDX;
      • Carry concerns of staff to Management Committee regarding pressing issues that may threaten organisational stability or success;
      • Financial co-management of funds and supervision of finance staff in office;
      • Acting as a non-voting member and bring balance to perspective of what seems possible to the MC and actual capacity for staff.
    The organisation encourages transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming applicants as well as any persons who have a firm understanding of the LGBTI sector

    To apply, submit a abridged, 2 page CV, one page motivational letter, indicating their understanding, passion and ideas of how they plan to take Gender DynamiX to a new era, two contactable references and a maximum of two writing samples (not more than a page each) reports, opinion pieces, essays or relevant documents demonstrating ability (no copies of ID or qualifications required) to  info@humanrelations.co.za , attention: Louw Erasmus, fax 086 516 4398.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    If you have not heard from Gender DynamiX within 30 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The organisation recruits nationally.

    Gender DynamiX reserve the right not to fill this position.

    For more about Gender DynamiX, refer to www.genderdynamix.co.za.

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

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  • Gender DynamiX: Fieldworker

    Gender DynamiX
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, October 31, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
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    Gender DynamiX (GDX) is a non-governmental, human rights organisation that promotes freedom of expression of gender identity and advocates for the rights of transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming people.

    Gender DynamiX is seeking a Field Worker, based in Saartjie Baartman Centre, Klipfontein Road, Athlone, Cape Town.

    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.
     
    Responsibilities:

    • Organising and facilitating workshops;
    • Managing individual fieldwork schedules;
    • Providing fieldwork progress updates on a weekly and monthly basis;
    • Write reports on fieldwork activities;
    • Assist constituencies via e-mail and also on a face to face basis.
     
    Requirements:
    • Solid understanding of transgender and gender non – conforming issues;
    • Minimum two years experience working on programmes or projects related to civil society policy engagement;
    •  Solid understanding of programme design and logical frameworks, including links between objectives, activities and budgets;
    •  Understanding of and commitment to rights-based approaches to programming, able to analyse gender, class and power imbalances, making linkages within the work of GDX;
    • Ability to engage on social media, ensuring communication and feedback about our work and projects;
    • Commitment to and experience of working within diverse teams or networks;
    •  Outstanding communication skills in English and the proven ability to write effectively for different purposes, including programme reports and summaries, news updates and advocacy briefings;
    •  Excellent attention to detail and ability to conform to the highest professional standards in developing programmatic materials and resources;
    •  Excellent interpersonal skills over email, by phone and in person, and ability to work well with others, including remotely;
    •  Ability to plan, organise and prioritise work, and the ability to meet tight deadlines under pressure;
    •  Self-awareness, sound judgement and personal initiative;
    • Willing to work flexibly, including additional hours on an exceptional basis at peak times, and to undertake significant travel;
    • Strong commitment to GDX mission, vision, objectives, and to equal opportunities.
    Desirable:
    •  Good understanding of South Africa’s gender identity policy issues;
    •  Ability to work in at least one of South Africa’s other official languages (isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Afrikaans preferable, other languages considered too).
    •  Experience in designing or delivering training and / or capacity-building materials;
    •  Experience of support monitoring, evaluation & learning activities, including online monitoring and reporting systems;
    •  Experience of events management;
    •  Experience of working with civil society campaigning networks and coalitions, and understanding of the dynamics including communication, coordinated action and campaigns.
    Remuneration - a negotiable package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the abilities and experience of the candidate will be offered.

    Please note that only applications sent in accordance with these instructions will be considered.

    To apply, submit a CV with three referees and motivational letter  to lieslt@genderdynamix.org.za and cc outreach.coordinator@genderdynamix.org.za .

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    We will notify shortlisted candidates within three weeks of the closing date; please do not call in the meantime, as we cannot respond to individual requests about this post.
     
    For more about Gender DynamiX, refer to www.genderdynamix.co.za.

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

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