Gender Based Violence

Profound footage on the life of slayed lesbian Eudy Simelane with feedback from various voices on this barbaric deed.

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    Staff member Rev Ecclesia de Lange participated in a panel-discussion on ‘What are we learning and where are the fault lines’ with regards to the “Homophobia and the Church” conference hosted on 7 & 8 April in Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu- Natal by The Other Foundation.
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    Staff member Arnold Motsau preparing to give feedback on the discussion “What are we really talking about?” in one of the sessions of day one.
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    In April 2008, the body of 31-year old Eudy Simelane, a soccer player on South Africa’s national women’s team, was found in a field in KwaThema township outside Johannesburg. She had been gang-raped and died from multiple stab wounds. Her parents attended the Inaugural Eudy Simelane Lecture during the Homophobia […]
Ingrid Schoonraad – Regional Program Manager Africa – Program 3 Manager

Ingrid Schoonraad has been involved with IAM as consultant since 2003, developing training resources, supporting IAM with strategic planning and staff development since 2007 and coordinating The First African Dialogue Conference on Spirituality and Sexuality, in 2009. Ingrid holds an Honours degree in Development Studies from the University of Stellenbosch. She is a heterosexual ally who believes that social transformation and inclusion can happen when everybody takes responsibility for modelling and building bridges across gender, culture and sexual diversity, by using dialogue as method. Ingrid joined IAM in 2010 as Senior Program Manager and is responsible for the Regional Manager Africa.

Ps Retha Benadé – Regional Administrator

Rev Retha Benadé qualified as teacher at the Potchefstroom Teacher’s College in 1988. She obtained a B.A. Theology degree at The Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) in 2003, and completed an Honours degree in Pastoral Counselling in 2004. Retha joined IAM in 2006.

Mfanafuthi B Mvubu – Anglican Youth Consultant

Mfanafuthi B Mvubu obtained a Bachelors degree in Education at the University of Zululand in 2010. He has been involved and served at the Provincial Executive Committee of the Anglican Students Federation (ASF) as the gender education and transformation officer. Mfana connected with IAM at the Chicago Consultation in Durban, October 2011 and joined IAM as part-time Anglican Process Coordinator in July 2012. Since 2014 Mfanafuthi has been a part of the IAM team as Anglican Youth Consultant.

Rev Pieter Oberholzer – Consultant

Rev Pieter Oberholzer holds a Masters degree in Theology. He was refused entry into the ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) because of his homosexual orientation and became pastor with the Reformed Church of Holland for 10 years. Pieter worked as regional director for a community development organisation in the Western Cape from 1983 to 1992 and was part of the core group of the Organisation of Lesbians and Gays against Apartheid (OLGA) that negotiated with the African National Congress (ANC) in the late 80s, resulting in the protection of LGBTQIA+ people in the South African Constitution. In 1999 Pieter received the Gay and Lesbian Association Against Defamation (GLAAD) leadership award in Kansas City. He founded IAM in 1995 and served as Director until 2010. Since 2011 Pieter has served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Last year Pieter retired and will continue to work for IAM as a consultant.

Dr Charlene van der Walt – Researcher

Dr Charlene van der Walt is an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church and completed her Doctorate in Old Testament at the University of Stellenbosch (US) in 2010 with the dissertation entitled, “Ideology and Power in Bible Interpretation: Towards a communal reading of 2 Samuel 13”. Her research focus is on contextual/intercultural Bible reading and related issues. Her knowledge on gender based violence and sexuality was deepened during a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the US within the Center for Bible translation and interpretation in Africa (SEBTIA). Charlene joined IAM as researcher in 2012. In addition to IAM, she serves as the pastor for the Maitland Community Church and holds a part-time lecturing position at the Faculty of Theology at the US where she is responsible for a special focus Master’s project that explores the intersection of Gender, Health and Theology in an African context.

Rev Michelle Boonzaaier – Reformed Churches Process Coordinator

Rev Michelle Boonzaaier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Diaconia Youth Work from Huguenot College. She started her career in agricultural development, working with small farmers. Michelle went on to work as a fundraiser at the Institute for the Blind. She holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from the University of Stellenbosch after which she entered the ministry as a Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) minister. Michelle served on the IAM Board in 2010 and joined IAM in 2011. Apart from Michelle’s work at IAM, she continues to work as a consultant in the field of rural development.

Arnold Motsau – Gender and Anglican Process Coordinator

Arnold Motsau qualified as a youth worker in 2011. He has has served on many boards, with various portfolios and together with other young people started an NGO that specialises in youth development. He served as Monitoring and Evaluation officer for Iketsetse Mission outreach. And is a qualified Trainer of Trainers. He is working to complete his Masters in Theology and Development with a focus on Health and Gender.His research interests are Gender and Development, Queer Theology, Theology and Sexuality as well as Contextual bible studies. A passionate Gender activist, he served voluntarily for IAM in 2013 and is currently engaged in Gender and Anglican Process.

Christine van Heerden – iThemba Lam (iTL) Administration Assistance

Secretary at Holy family Catholic Church in Manenberg. Co-ordinator of Ministers of Holy Communion gives Baptism Instructions, Funeral Ministry facilitator in exploring Scripture, also Secretary to child and youth development, Aftercare centre in Manenberg. Christine has various certificates of achievements, was a Supervisor on office at F.I.A.S for (8 years), Protea Assurance (18 years) Clerk, C.P.A (10 years). Certificate: IISA, Dynamix, Customer Sense, Counselling Victims of Crime and Matric Certificate and started working at iTL as Administrator Assistant from March 2013.

Bulelwa Panda – iThemba Lam (iTL) Manager

Bulelwa Panda partnered with IAM in 2000 with the production of the Created in the Image of God documentary. Bulelwa came out as a lesbian in 2003 and joined the IAM team in 2004 as a part-time worker in Gugulethu. She has a diploma in pre-school teaching and has successfully completed various courses in life skills training. Bulelwa was instrumental in establishing the iThemba Lam (My Hope) Resource Centre and low-key safe house in Tambo Village, Gugulethu. She became the iThemba Lam Manager in 2011.

Liezl van der Westhuizen – Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Liezl van der Westhuizen holds a Masters Degree (MDiac) from UNISA in Practical Theology. She served as Youth worker in the Dutch Reformed Church from 1995–2000 and lectured Practical Theology for 4 years at the Huguenot College. In addition to extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation management for a large NGO as well as a Faith Based Organisation, she offers expertise in project and operational management within the FET sector, child, youth and project development, lecturing, material development, programme evaluations and facilitation. Currently she has her own Sole Proprietor Consultancy offering various services related to 20 years’ diverse work experience. Her involvement with IAM started in 2010 as board member and is currently part time employed by IAM as Senior Manager/Monitoring and Evaluations since January 2014.

Alida Bergman – Financial Administrator

Alida Bergman studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a B.Comm degree and a Diploma in Higher Education and retired after 32 years of teaching Mathematics and Accounting. While teaching, she was also responsible for the finances of the school. She has a passion to work with figures and joined IAM in September 2013 as Financial Administrator.

Rev Ecclesia de Lange – Methodist and Presbyterian Process Coordinator

Rev Ecclesia de Lange is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA). She holds a Comprehensive Honours degree in Theology from the University of Southern Africa (UNISA) and a Masters degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT). After announcing to her congregation that she was going to marry her same-sex life partner, Ecclesia was charged, suspended, disciplined and discontinued as a Methodist minister in February 2010. She has been involved with IAM part-time since 2011 and became a full-time staff member in 2014.

Rev Judith Kotzé – Director

Rev Judith Kotzé qualified as one of the first Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) female ministers at Stellenbosch University (US) in 1995. She served the DRC from 1996 to 2000 in the multi-disciplinary ministry regarding prostitution. Judith completed a Masters degree in Missiology in the US in 2001, working on Interreligious Dialogue as a model for the Intra-faith Dialogue around sexual orientation. Judith became Director of Operations in 2010, after doing part-time research for IAM since 1997, served as researcher in 2000, and became full-time Senior Programme Manager in 2008. Since 2011 Judith has served as Director of IAM.

Bronwin Grobler

Financial and Operations Director of All-Store Stikland, a secure self storage business. Bronwin works with all departments of the business to help them plan and manage their budgets,She also works closely with the CEO, assisting and managing the overall business. Moreover with it being a smaller company, Bronwin is also hands on with general accounts matters too.

Rev Patrick Godana

Currently working at Sonke Gender Justice – as the Government and Media Liaison manager. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990, he lived the life of activism against all forms oppression that saw him ultimately languishing in Middle drift central prison (for five years) for furthering the aims of a banned organisation.

With the dawn of new democratic dispensation, he earned a degree in Theology from the University of the Western Cape and was invited by (Planned Parenthood Association) PPASA to join them and This where he became influential in shaping the design of Men as Partners Programme (MAP) and was part of the Education Department that developed the National Life skills programme which is now part of the official curriculum as Life Orientation. Soon after leaving PPSA, he joined Ford Motor Company of SA coordinating their workplace HIV/AIDS programme. Afterwards he joined Engenderhealth in 2005 and provided training and technical assistance to a range of organisations across the Southern African Development Region in South Africa and worked very closely with (Treatment Action Campaign) TAC, the Steve Biko Foundation and Masimanyane Women Support Centre.

During this period he represented Men as Partners Network internationally, travelling to Sweden and Mozambique, amongst other places. He has been with Sonke since 2008 and a held number of positions including implementing work with children affected by HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu–Natal, implementing the MenCare Campaign in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and coordinating Sonke’s community mobilisation work in the rural outskirts of the Eastern Cape.

Additionally, he served as a self supporting minister at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa(ELCSA) in multi–racial, social justice orientated St Johannes Parish in Cape Town. He is also currently a guest presenter at the University of Western Capes Women and Gender Studies (WGS) second year class.

Married to Thokozile and we are blessed with two children Sivenathi (22) and Sibonokuhle (12). In December 2015 he was approached by IAM to serve as a board member and I officially accepted in January 2015.

Rev Phumzile Mabizela

Rev. Phumzile Mabizela is the Executive Director of the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+) INERELA+ is an Interfaith Network that was formed in 2002, it exists to equip, empower and engage its members to live positively and openly as agents of hope and change in faith communities and countries. Rev Mabizela is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. Before joining INERELA+ she was employed by Norwegian Church Aid as the Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Justice in Southern Africa and prior to that she was the Chief Executive Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council which is one of the Provincial Councils of Churches in South Africa. Rev Mabizela is a passionate Gender, HIV and AIDS activist who is openly living with HIV.

Dr Elsa Steyn

Elsa Steyn has an accounting and strategic planning background and is presently working as Systems Project Manager. She holds an honours degree in strategy management and has certification in various information systems applications areas. Elsa joined the IAM Board in 2011.

Elizabeth Petersen

Elizabeth Petersen contributed extensively to the domestic violence and shelter sector as a social worker at St. Anne’s Home in Cape Town since 1993. In 1997 she became the director. Elizabeth obtained a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of the Western Cape (UWK) in 2006. Her quest for addressing faith issues and root causes of violence against women led to the establishment of South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI) in 2008. In 2009, Elizabeth completed a Fulbright Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship program in the USA. She also works with the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum on issues of social transformation and inclusive leadership in a post-apartheid society. She joined the IAM Board in May 2012.

Rev Siyabulela Gidi

Rev Siyabulela Gidi is the Director of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) in the Western Cape. He assists as Anglican priest at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nyanga. Siya obtained a B.Th degree in Theology and an Honour’s degree in Development, and is a former student of the College of Transfiguration (COTT). He serves on various boards including the Restitution Foundation, Ecumenical Forum South Africa and is the current National Chair of Election Monitoring Network. Siya firmly believes in enabling people to live life in its fullness and listening to people’s stories in all their diversity. He is married to Kaya and they are blessed with three boys, Oluvo, Chulu and Kikhulu. Siya joined the IAM Board in May 2012.

Mr André du Preez – Treasurer

André du Preez holds a degree in Financial Accounting and a diploma in IT Business Analysis. He is currently working as a Business Analyst and Project Manager. André has worked at various financial and banking institutions with experience in financial planning, business processes, project management, client management and training. André joined the IAM Board in 2015.

Rev Alan Storey – Secretary

Rev Alan Storey is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and is presently ministering at the Central Methodist Mission (CMM) in Cape Town. He is chairperson of Gun Free South Africa and serves on the Western Cape Board of the Right to Know Campaign. Alan has an Honour’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Philosophy on Applied Ethics in Economics. He joined the IAM Board in 2011 and since May 2012 serves on the Executive Committee.