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.
November 2, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith partners reflect on their work with IAM (Bishop Raphael Hess)

IAM works closely with faith partners in various denominations in our community to effect lasting and transformative change. We reached out to several faith partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Bishop Raphael Hess, Bishop of the Diocese of Saldhana Bay of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, speaks with us about the work his diocese has done with IAM’s support over the years.
October 29, 2020

What I’ve learned about transformation from living alongside mental illness

In honour of October’s focus on mental health awareness, IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on lessons she’s learned from living alongside mental illness for over 25 years that we can all apply to our work in transformation.
October 27, 2020

Show some respect! Using people’s preferred personal pronouns

International Pronouns Day is celebrated each year in October, and reminds us how important it is to respect and use individuals’ preferred personal pronouns.
October 26, 2020

Telling her story: Nombulelo Khumalo

Nombulelo Khumalo is an Honours student, queer activist and student Methodist minister in KZN. She spoke with IAM about how showing up and telling her story is one of the most powerful tools she has to encourage change, and how she hopes understanding her queer, intersex reality can help others to see the issues differently.
September 28, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith partners reflect on their work with IAM (Rev. Stefan Hippler)

IAM works closely with faith partners in various denominations in our community to effect lasting and transformative change. We reached out to several faith partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Rev. Stefan Hippler, a Catholic Priest and Executive Chair of the HOPE Cape Town Trust, speaks to us about the value of the community that IAM brings together, and the important role its work with mainline denominations plays in the lives of many.
September 23, 2020

IAM staff reflects on what Heritage Day means to them

This South African Heritage Day, IAM staff took a few minutes to reflect on what the day means to them. From food to dress, to identity and legacy, the day is an important time for all of us in South Africa to celebrate our diverse heritage and keep interrogating the parts of our culture that are oppressive or exclusionary.