March 31, 2021

Incorporating lived realities of trans and gender diverse persons into the South African Identification System

The South African Department of Home Affairs is considering a new ID policy that would, among other things, make changes to how sex and gender are represented on ID documents. IAM’s Greyson V. Thela looks closely at the proposed changes and reflects on what the implications may be on trans and gender diverse communities in South Africa.
March 15, 2021

Reclaiming Humanity Through Acceptance: Rev Jacques Jacobs, URCSA

Reverend Jacques Jacobs of the Nababeep URCSA congregation spoke with IAM about his own journey towards embracing an inclusive church, the work he asked IAM to do with his presbytery, and advice for other religious leaders looking to kickstart conversations around diverse identities in their congregations.
March 10, 2021

Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Access to Reproductive Health and Rights from a Religious Perspective

The IAM team came together with our seven regional partners in Feb 2021 to co-create contextual interventions that work to advance comprehensive sexuality education and access to reproductive health and rights across the continent.
March 5, 2021

#CelebratingLove

In Feb and March, IAM asked our community to reflect on what love means to them, and we invite you to share their stories and contribute your own #CelebratingLove.
March 3, 2021

Leading with Love: Rev Johan van Niekerk and the Omgeegemeente

Rev Johan van Niekerk, minister at the Dutch Reformed Church in Somerset West, speaks with us about encouraging his congregation to love unconditionally, find common ground with those who are different, and journeying together toward an inclusive congregation.
December 8, 2020

Looking forward: Imagining IAM’s future

As we close our year of looking back at IAM’s work over the past 25 years, IAM’s Director Ecclesia de Lange takes a moment to share our vision for IAM’s future.
November 24, 2020

Remembering IAM’s past, celebrating the people

As we come together to celebrate IAM’s 25th anniversary, we take time to remember and honour our staff, leadership, board, and partners without whom we would not have been able to do this work.
November 23, 2020

Travelling the road with the Dutch Reformed Church

IAM’s early and continued work with the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in South Africa has been foundational to how we approach transformation within the church. The power of using one’s own story to build empathy, the importance of dialogue to drive change, and the strength of long-term, sustained impact can truly impact change were beliefs that have all largely been borne out in our work with the DRC over the past 25 years, and continue to influence our work today.
November 18, 2020

Actions speak louder than words

On this year’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance, IAM staff and Trans activist partners reflect on the losses the community continues to suffer, the impact of COVID-19, and how we can take concrete actions to support the transgender community.
November 16, 2020

IAM at 25: Learning institution partners reflect – UKZN

IAM’s partnerships with tertiary learning institutions form an integral part of the way that IAM works. We reached out to a number of our partners that we’ve worked with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that it has had on their work in the classroom. Professor Charlene van der Walt and three UKZN students reflect on the importance of the work that IAM is doing in the field of Gender and Religion.