Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL] –Vacancies Announcements

The Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL] is a network of organizations working to transform Africa into a continent where all lesbian, bisexual and trans-diverse people enjoy the full range of human rights, secure in the knowledge that we are recognized as full persons and citizens, with rich and diverse cultures, and enjoy a significant and respected presence in all spheres of life. Our work is shaped by an African radical feminist understanding, informed by research, and strengthened by the claiming of social and economic power.

CAL seeks to fill the following vacancies:

AREA OF WORK 1: ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

01 OPERATIONS MANAGER

Purpose: To manage, ensure efficiency and oversee staff and consultants within the operational components of the Secretariat including policy and procedures and the practice and application of these to ensure efficiency and

effectiveness:

  • Human Resource Management and Coordination [working with an HRD Consultant]
  • Financial Resource Management and Coordination [oversight and support to a staff of 2 others and up to 2 consultants]
  • Technical Resource Management and Coordination [oversight and support to a staff of 3 others]
  • Governance Management and Coordination [oversight of functioning of Executive Committee, membership processes and General Assembly]

02 ADMINISTRATORS

Purpose: To provide administrative support to the CAL Secretariat to strengthen efficiencies in:

  • Logistics
  • Technology and Management Information Systems
  • Staff day to day wellbeing
  • Managing equipment, supplies and assets
  • Managing service providers and procurement
  • Managing Secretariat diaries and calendars
  • Managing organizational and programme data bases
  • Reception duties

03 GENERAL ASSISTANT

Purpose: To provide assistance to the overall maintenance of the office through

  • Maintenance of space, offices and buildings
  • Messenger duties
  • Maintenance and procurement of office supplies and stationery
  • Printing, photocopying and other related duties

AREA OF WORK 2: PROGRAMMES

01 ADVOCACY ADVISOR: East Africa

Purpose: To work with CAL members in East Africa to advocate for social justice with a focus on lesbian women, gender non-conforming people, including trans diverse people, and allies and partner organizations:

  • On-going development and popularizing of a feminist analyses and strategies to address the human rights crises facing the LGBTI community
  • Lobbying and influencing states agendas and positions in the sub region
  • Movement building through building solidarity , work with media and on public education
  • Consciousness raising work and mobilization
  • Connecting local, national, regional and international advocacy
  • Coordinating emergency responses and developing a culture of respect for our own wellbeing as human rights defenders

02 ADVOCACY ADVISOR: Regional and International

Purpose: To work closely with the sub regional Advocacy Advisors and CAL team as a whole, to lead on advocacy with CAL members at regional and international spaces of states and civil society and social movements

  • Ongoing development and popularizing of a feminist analyses and strategies to address the crises in the lives of the LGBTI community
  • Lobbying and influencing states agendas and positions both at a national level [in support of members advocacy there] and in multi-lateral spaces
  • Movement building through building solidarity, work with media and on public education
  • Consciousness raising work and mobilization
  • Connecting local, national, regional and international advocacy
  • Coordinating emergency responses and developing a culture of respect for our own wellbeing as human rights defenders

03 PROGRAMMES OFFICER

 

Purpose: To provide support to the Advocacy Advisors in efficiently and effectively coordinating and implementing the CAL Advocacy agenda:

  • Managing Programme related Management Information systems
  • Responsible for documentation of processes and work, minute taking and record keeping
  • Desk research to support analysis and planning
  • Ensure that the latest relevant writing, texts and thinking is easily accessible to the CAL team and that membership is alerted to these
  • Technical and research support to CAL Secretariat for presentations and speaking engagements
  • Liaison with service providers and consultants
  • Support to Programmes team for logistics and travel

04 MANAGER: Media and Communications

Purpose: To provide lead on and support to the organization in efficiently and effectively developing media and managing communications and working with the mass media

  • Lead on developing a media and communications strategy and plan
  • Managing the technical aspects of internally produced social and print media
  • Leading on and coordinating the team to generate and develop content for all media work
  • Liaison, preparing briefings, communication with media, media-related service providers/ consultants
  • Strengthening communication with membership in relation to the institutional and programmatic aspects of the work of the Coalition
  • Supporting members in developing their own media and communications capabilities

Please send your application to  fikile@cal.org.za

  • Cover letter indicating motivation for applying and salary expectations and availability to start
  • Full CV
  • 3 contactable references

NOTE

  • Relocation costs and work permit support/financing is part of the package
  • The Coalition of African Lesbians encourages lesbian identified women from countries in Southern and East Africa to apply

Closing Date: 20 July 2012 at 17h00

No applications will be accepted after the 20th July. Please note that interviews will be held as from 09 July as applications are received and will end 09 August 2012 or earlier as and when a particular position is filled.

Today at the High Court update 24th/Sept/2012

Today at the High Court update 24th/Sept/2012

In the case of Kasha J. Frank Mugisha, Pepe Onziema & Jeffrey Ogwaro Vs the Attorney General and Rev Fr. Simon Lokodo (State Minister of ethics and Integrity) preside over by Justice Elidad Mwangusha; today both sides of counsels have agreed unanimously not to put any witness to the stand for cross examination citing that the Affidavits presented to court had more than enough information to be used in this suit.

In the presence of Rev, Simon Lokodo, court was informed by the defendant’s lawyers that a new affidavit from Mr. George Oundo had been attained and was being added to the file. Mr. Oundo claims in his affidavit that he is an Ex-Homosexual, The plaintiffs’ counsel prayed for 3 days to go peruse through Mr. Oundo’s affidavit before he could make any comments.

In a court room packed with LGBTI activists, Journalists and well wishers of both sides Justice Mwangusya appreciated the decision made by counsels to drop the cross examination of witness asserting that that world take a lot of un necessary delays in this suit.

Justice Mwangusya adjourned court to 5th November 2012 at 2:30 PM with a joke that “If this trial was a Journey to Gulu, at this stage we have crossed Karuma falls”

BACK GROUND

On February 14th Rev, Simon Lokodo stormed into a workshop organized by Freedom and roam Uganda (a Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Organization). He claimed that his office had been tipped off by a whistle blower that homosexuals were gathered at Imperial Resort Hotel for a workshop that was illegal. He was forced to close the workshop and ordered the Arrest of one Kasha J. Nabagesera. (Executive Director of FARUG and the chief organizer of the workshop) Kasha eluded the minister’s body guard and escaped without being arrested.

On June 18th another workshop was closed with the Minister’s orders at Esela hotel in Kampala suburb known as Najeera.

Thank you very much for your support.

About Us

Our Vision:

A liberated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of Uganda.

Our Mission:

To monitor, coordinate and support member organizations to achieve their objectives aimed at LGBTI liberation.

Why the Network?

LGBTI organizations need to have a strong voice on human rights violations in Uganda and around the world especially those of sexual minorities.

Aims and Objectives

The SMUG principle objectives are:

  1. To advocate and lobby through coordination of efforts by local and international bodies for the equality of all Ugandans irrespective of gender, age, sexual orientation, tribe, religion, social status.
  2. To build and strengthen visibility through media, literature and drama
  3. To advocate and lobby for social and judicial inclusion of people with diversity
  4. To fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBTI, MSM & WSW community
  5. Speaking out against homophobia and other forms of gender based violence
  6. Sensitize the general public emphasizing human rights for all
  7. To generate data information and knowledge on LGBTI human rights abuses and provide remedies.
  8. To Sensitize all communities and legal institutions that encompass these principles

Sexual Minorities Uganda

Sexual Minorities Uganda  [SM-UG] is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works towards achieving full legal and social equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in Uganda. It is the umbrella organization of all homosexual organizations in Uganda.

SMUG was created as a coalition of LGBTI organizations in March 2004. SMUG, now a network, addresses Human Rights issues based on sexual orientation. SMUG is integral part of the human rights advancement.

LGBTI organizations need to have a strong voice on human rights violations in Uganda and around the world especially those of sexual minorities.

Our Activities

  1. Advocacy and Policy issues.
  2. Capacity development for the LGBT community.
  3. Emergency response.
  4. Coordination of the LGBT network.
  5. Research and documentation.

Statement for government website hacking

Uganda: Sexual Minorities Uganda condemns the hacking of Uganda government website

17th August 2012

IT has come to the attention of the office of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and its collaboration of partners that yesterday a Ugandan government website was hacked into and shut down by the activist group that calls itself Anonymous. SMUG and its partners do not condone this action.

No member in our office, network, or in the Ugandan LGBTI community was consulted or involved in this action by “Anonymous” in any way. The hacking of government websites and the corresponding statements by Anonymous do not reflect the views of SMUG and its partners, allies and/or friends. As Ugandans ourselves, we stand with our community and equally share in the burden of this illegal and counterproductive action. In our view, the act opens every Ugandan citizen to the potential of danger and hinders the operations of our sovereign nation. Additionally, it has the unfortunate potential consequence of further targeting the LGBTI community – the very individuals Anonymous claims to be supporting through their action. If a member of Anonymous had contacted any person in this office or in the LGBTI community, they would have learned this from us directly.

Anonymous by nature is an unknown, secretive entity who acts independently against the governments and organizations it opposes. Its members did not reveal themselves to us or provide us with any communication on their proposed actions. Further, as an organization that advocates and practices only peaceful and legal pathways in its effort to ensure that basic human rights are guaranteed to all Ugandan citizens, SMUG and its partners would like to distance and distinguish themselves from the organization that calls itself Anonymous.

Sexual Minorities Uganda does not condone the activities of this group and shares in the dismay, frustration and anger that our fellow citizens have experienced. We are prepared to work with the Ugandan government to ensure that those responsible for this action are found and held accountable.

For stories relating to the hacking of the government website, please follow the links below:

For more information, please contact:

Frank Mugisha, Executive Director, SMUG on

fmugisha@sexualminoritiesuganda.net

Mobile: +256-312-294-859

 

Pepe Julian Onziema, Programs Director, SMUG on

onziema@sexualminoritiesuganda.net

Mobile: +256-312-294-859

 

Nobel Peace Laureates raise their voices to protect LGBTI rights

A welcome sign of hope for Ugandan activists

(Washington – June 21, 2012) In an unprecedented statement, four esteemed Nobel Laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Muhammad Yunus, have expressed solidarity with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide. Together, they call on the global community to recognize that traditional cultural values compel them to respect the inherent dignity and human rights of all individuals.

The RFK Center’s release of the statement in conjunction with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) is particularly relevant to Uganda in light of recent events. This week, the Ugandan government has openly restricted the rights of civil society and shown a total disregard for the human rights of LGBTI people.

 

“It is clear that our government and Christian leaders are escalating their campaign of intimidation and harassment against the LGBTI community in Uganda,” said Frank Mugisha, executive director of SMUG and 2011 RFK Human Rights Award Laureate. “We welcome the moral courage of Archbishop Tutu and other world leaders, echoing their call to allow LGBTI people to live in peace in Uganda.”

On Wednesday, Simon Lokodo – the Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity – announced a “ban” on 38 human rights organizations for “promoting homosexuality” and “threatening the traditions and values of the country.” The ban came two days after he ordered a raid of an LGBTI rights workshop in Kampala.

Fr. Lokodo’s actions violate the Ugandan constitution as well as Uganda’s international obligations to respect freedom of association, assembly and expression under the African Charter for Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Worse, the ban and raid represent a broader pattern of suppression of civil society in the country.

Last week, the country’s Anglican Archbishop joined other Christian leaders in calling on the Ugandan parliament to speedily pass the now infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Bill, which includes the draconian provision of the death penalty and mandatory reporting of LGBTI people, would also  criminalize advocacy organizations and even clergy for speaking up for LGBTI people in Uganda.

“Uganda’s efforts to enshrine homophobia in law could ignite a chain reaction through governments worldwide, putting the rights and safety of LGBTI people and their advocates in danger,” warned Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center. “The Nobel Laureates’ concern is a direct response to those, who misappropriate cultural values to justify a growing attack on human rights.”

The trend of institutionalizing discrimination against LGBTI people has in fact reached other countries. Efforts are underway to further criminalize LGBTI people in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Russia is working to implement its own “propaganda” laws criminalizing speech supporting and advocating for LGBTI rights. See the Statement of Concern on Violence and Discrimination against LGBTI People, below and attached.
Statement of Concern on Violence and Discrimination against 
LGBTI People

As a global community of individuals dedicated to a more peaceful and just world, we wish to express our grave concern as to how our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) brothers and sisters are being treated across the globe.

Collectively we represent a diverse array of countries and cultures. Today more than ever, we wish to express that the same cultural values, which have fostered and supported our lifelong quests for peace, also command us to speak out against the violence and discrimination our fellow human beings are enduring every day solely because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.

In many of our countries the influence of colonial era laws still makes outlaws of LGBTI people. Recent legislative efforts like those underway in Russia and Uganda could pose even more sinister sanctions on LGBTI people as well their allies, ourselves included. The criminalization of adult, consensual homosexuality in any form is unacceptable. And, we must remain vigilant even in countries that rightly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, to ensure that LGBTI citizens are effectively protected from the hatred and bigotry that persists.

By expressing our solidarity with LGBTI people around the world, we recognize the inherent dignity and human rights of all individuals, without prejudice or intolerance, and we take an important step forward in our collective journey toward peace.

In the universal spirit of compassion and unity,

 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
South Africa

Professor Jody Williams
1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
United States

Dr. Shirin Ebadi
2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Iran

Professor Muhammad Yunus
2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Bangladesh

Uganda making life tough for NGOs, LGBT rights

By Maria Burnett, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Maria Burnett is a senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. The views expressed are her own.

I’ve interviewed hundreds of victims and witnesses of human rights abuses in Uganda, but I was genuinely surprised at the fear I heard recently when I met with activists in the country. “If you preach human rights, you are anti-development, an economic saboteur,” a colleague told me. “You aren’t going to talk about land, oil, and good governance. This is just the beginning, but the tensions have been accumulating.”

Uganda has made the news in recent months over issues like the Ebola virus,Joseph Kony, and the notorious anti-homosexuality law known as the “kill the gays bill.” Less-well-known has been its longstanding patterns of torture and mistreatment of detainees by security forces.

President Yoweri Museveni and the ruling National Resistance Movement have been in power for more than 25 years, with a 2005 constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits and permitting him to run and win in 2006, and then again, heavily assisted by off-budget spending from state coffers, in 2011.

Since 2011, Museveni has faced increasing criticism for economic woes, corruption, unemployment, rising HIV rates and deteriorating health and education services. In April 2011, demonstrators “walked to work” to protest raising food and fuel prices. The military and police took to the streets, using live ammunition and killing at least nine bystanders and beating journalists documenting the events. The government has routinely blocked demonstrations in the last few years, contending that they threaten public safety.

The president appears to be preparing to run again in 2016 – which would be his 30th year in office – and it seems no coincidence that in the wake of growing public grievances, the ruling party’s officials are scrutinizing nongovernmental organizations and the impact they have on public perceptions of governance and management of public funds.

Organizations working on human rights, land acquisitions, oil revenue transparency, and other sensitive issues are the main targets, and apparently viewed as a threat to the administration’s interests. Uganda’s laws reflect this analysis. The intelligence agencies are legally mandated to monitor civil society, and the president’s office has a role in reviewing requests to do research, via the Uganda Council on Science and Technology.

Over the last two years, Ugandan officials have reportedly closed civil society meetings and workshops, reprimanded organizations for their research, demanded retractions or apologies, and confiscated t-shirtscalendars and training materials with messaging about political change and “people’s power.” The government board mandated to regulate civil society recently recommended dissolving one group unless it apologized for bringing “the person of the president into disrepute” and has stated that  working in coalitions is unlawful.

At the same time the government’s hostility to, and harassment of, Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community continues unabated. Government officials demonize homosexuality, deliberately misinform the public, and stir hatred. One minister uses “the promotion of homosexuality” – a spurious claim – as justification for his campaign against any group seeking to protect the rights of LGBT people. He told me that the pursuit of LGBT rights is a Western conspiracy aimed at destroying Uganda.

While homosexual sex is illegal in Uganda, it is not illegal to discuss LGBT issues, despite the deeply misguided anti-gay bill still pending before parliament. Groups focused on fighting for the rights of LGBT people therefore have every legal right to register and operate. But in practice, that remains far from possible. While many interpret the government’s increasing focus on homosexuality as a populist strategy to gain support, it is still profoundly dangerous for a community that is vulnerable to harassment and violence.

Donors need to ask tough questions about where Uganda is heading, given the deteriorating situation for civil society. Furthermore, in today’s Uganda, government institutions have little independence to perform their constitutionally mandated jobs, corruption is rife, and protecting the ruling party and the president from criticism has become more important than citizens’ right to information. Fundamental democratic guarantees such as freedom of expression and association should not take a back seat to security interests. Ultimately, this is the lesson of the Arab spring.

Until Ugandan civil society is free to research, publish, speak out, debate and advocate for change without fear, durable security will remain out of reach.