July 30, 2019

Taking stock of IAM’s impact in the region: IAM Regional Network MEL Consultation

IAM recently hosted members of its regional network in Johannesburg for a three-day MEL consultation, taking stock of successes the partners have achieved since the last meeting in 2013 and planning for the future.
July 29, 2019

Bostwana – LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana)

LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana) is a national membership organisation formed in 1998 to raise awareness, tolerance and celebration of sexual diversity. LEGABIBO was only officially registered in April 2016 after a long court battle seeking legal recognition of the organisation by the Government of Botswana. The organisation works across programme areas including legal reform, increased access to sexual reproductive health services, partnerships for movement building and public education.
July 19, 2019

Decolonizing sexual orientation, gender identity and expression: A feminist perspective

Thuli Mjwara reflects on IAM’s participation in the recent Global Feminist LBQ Conference, identifying the need for more inclusive, affirming words in our traditional languages with which to speak about the wide variety of sexual orientation and gender expression and identities that exist.
June 27, 2019

Stonewall: Embodied resistance of love
50 years of Remembrance and LGBTI Movement Building

50 years ago, a group of courageous people stood up for the rights of the LGBTI community in the Stonewall uprising. IAM staff, taking part in the 50th anniversary celebration and World Pride Day NYC, reflect on the contribution the uprising had on the LGBTI movement worldwide, and the echoes that are still felt today.
June 25, 2019

Reflecting on Youth Day: IAM embarks on intergenerational learning

For almost 25 years, IAM has been working in faith communities. In our work towards opening minds, hearts and doors, we have grown as an organisation in our own diversity and dialogue process. Over the past few years we have often been approached by schools and student organisations at universities […]
June 25, 2019

IAM Regional Partners Profile: Matrix

In this series we introduce you to IAM’s regional partners. The team from Lesotho’s People’s Matrix Association (Matrix) reflects on the role that their partnership with IAM has had on the LGBTI and church community in Lesotho.
June 24, 2019

IAM Staff Profile: Abby Haricombe

Abby Haricombe, IAM’s Administrator since 2018, is IAM’s newest staff member. Her short time with IAM has reinforced her belief that there is room in God’s heart for all people, regardless of what makes us different from one another. Read more about Abby’s journey in this monthly series where we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their stories and insights in their own words.
June 12, 2019

MEDIA STATEMENT: BOTSWANA HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT ON THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF OFFENCES WHICH CRIMINALISE CONSENSUAL SAME-SEX SEXUAL CONDUCT

On 11 June the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of the case of LM vs. the Attorney General of Botswana that challenged the constitutionality of sections 164(a) and (c) and section 167 of the Botswana Penal Code. These provisions criminalized same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults and enforced a […]
June 12, 2019

IAM Regional Partners Profile: ZANERELA+

In this series we introduce you to IAM’s regional partners. The team from Zambia’s ZANERELA+ tells us about the work the organisation is undertaking to tackle the continued discrimination faced by the LGBTI community in Zambia on multiple levels, and the support they have received from IAM.
May 30, 2019

IAM Staff Profile: Alida Bergman

Alida Bergman, IAM’s Financial Administrator since 2013, knows firsthand how important tolerance, respect and understanding are in the face of difference – without them she might not be blessed with the wonderful family she has. Her devotion to her faith is strengthened by her wider beliefs that faith can take many forms, and that ALL humans are created in God’s image and must be loved equally. Read more about Alida’s journey in this monthly series where we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their stories and insights in their own words.