Vacancies at the Coalition for African Lesbians

The Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL] is a formation of more than 30 organisations in 19 countries in Africa committed to advancing justice for lesbian and bisexual women and transdiverse people. CAL is a feminist activist organization committed to working within a framework of movement building and seeks feminists with a good analysis of geopolitics and Africa’s place in the world for the following 4 exciting new positions based at the head office in Johannesburg:



The primary responsibility of this key post Is to ensure organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for CAL’s financial, human resources and policy development and implementation functions as well as technical/administrative oversight. Candidates for this exciting and challenging position must have a degree in Finance Management, Commerce or Accounting and a solid financial background with at least 3 years experience in Financial Management. Experience in organizational effectiveness, operations management and best practice implementation is essential.


The key responsibility of this post is to coordinate efforts of CAL so that active and systematic work can deepen and strengthen the political analysis of members, supporters and partners. Candidates must have a Bachelors or Honours Degree in an appropriate field and at least 5 years programme management experience in development and / or sexuality and gender and women’s rights, Human Rights and / advocacy work in the African region.


The primary responsibility of this role is to ensure strengthening of the advocacy and lobbying work of CAL and its members at the local, national, regional and global level, as well as it’s coherence, coordination and integration across geographies and issues. Candidates must have a degree in an appropriate field and at least 5 years experience in the field of sexuality and gender and women’s rights , Human Rights advocacy, campaign development , lobbying and civil society movement building work in the African region.


The key responsibility of this post is to ensure efficiency in the areas of technical resources within the Secretariat of the Coalition of African Lesbians with a focus on office systems, logistics, administrative support to the Board and leading the team on wellbeing of staff and Executive Committee members. Candidates must be computer literate with at least a matric and preferably a diploma in a related field, at least 2 years of admin/reception experience and a good command of English.


View the full job descriptions and application instructions on the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za  and email your application by Friday 9th February 2015 to tracy@actionappointments.co.za


Call for Papers: Women, Gender and Sexualities: An Anthology

Call for Papers: Women, Gender and Sexualities: An Anthology

Co-Edited Dr. Rujuta Mandelia (Temple University) and Moiyattu Banya, MSW (Temple University)

Papers are invited for an anthology that provides the historical foundations of diverse feminist discourses on gender, race, class, sexuality and disability vis-à-vis nationality, citizenship, and post-colonialism, the critical understanding of how women live their experiences in diverse cultural, geographical, and religious, worlds, the fundamental construction of sex, gender, sexuality and class as social constructions and how they are enacted within respective societies. In other words, how is gender perceived and enacted in different societies? This anthology  also provides the integral intersections of sex, class, gender and sexuality as social groups and how they work within systems of patriarchy, and the foundational understanding that global affects the local in multiple ways just as the local affects the global. It will also focus on women as agents and subjects of change. In other words, how women/genders negotiate and bring change through activism? This anthology will provide foundational readings,personal narratives and essays.

Topics solicited include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sexualized Bodies

  • Violence Against Women and LGBTQIA Communities

  • Transnational Activism

  • Women in STEM

  • Immigration

  • Labor Movements

  • Nationalism and Citizenship

  • Law (both local and international) and Its Impact on Women

We are looking for personal narratives as well as essays not more than 1000 words.

All submissions must be final and fully edited. Please submit your work with a brief author bio of 100-150 words no later than February 15, 2015.  Please submit your work as an attachment in Word doc or docx. Authors must have a record of academic/activist writing, have experience in women’s issues, women’s human rights work, and a sound understanding of feminist theories relevant to the anthology. Kindly note that only authors whose work are chosen for the anthology will be notified.

Please forward your submissions to Rujuta Mandelia (rujuta@temple.edu) or Moiyattu Banya (moiyattu.banya@temple.edu)


Special Issue of the *Journal of Lesbian Studies*

“Lesbian”/Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa

Deadline for proposals: January 1, 2015

The *Journal of Lesbian Studies*, a peer-reviewed academic journal
published by Taylor and Francis, invites proposal submissions for a special
issue on the subject of “Lesbian”/Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa.

The multiple configurations of same-sex practices and relationships across
the African continent, alongside the problematic notion of homosexual,
“lesbian,” and “queer” identities in the African context, have been
addressed by various scholarly publications in the past couple of decades.
Yet same-sex interactions, relationships, and politics between African
women have not garnered significant attention either in feminist/queer
studies or in African studies, and remain largely unrepresented in academic
writings. This special issue of the *Journal of Lesbian Studies *proposes
to fill this scholarly gap by exploring this topic from a variety of
cultural and disciplinary perspectives. Contributions by scholars on the
African continent are particularly welcome.

The *Journal of Lesbian Studies* is an interdisciplinary journal; hence,
multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Such approaches
include, for example, cultural studies, literary studies, cultural
anthropology, sociology, geography, social movement studies, political
science, psychology, and public health. Contributions from the perspective
of gender, queer, and sexuality studies and/or postcolonial or subaltern
studies will be given particular consideration.

Potentially relevant questions include, but are not limited to: how do
women who engage in same-sex sexual interactions and relations represent
themselves in Africa, both socially and discursively? How do they relate to
Western concepts of lesbianism or homosexuality? How do they relate to
culturally specific concepts of gender and sexuality in their respective
ethnic groups? How do they theorize and negotiate the intersections of
religion, racism, sexism, compulsory heterosexuality, and discrimination in
their respective societies? How do they position themselves in relation to
postcolonial and neocolonial politics? How do women respond to gender
diversity and transgender experiences within lesbian and “queer”
communities? How do these issues influence their identity formation or
their negotiation of subjectivity and agency? In what kinds of local and
global activism do they engage? What partnerships have lesbian movements
forged with feminist movements in African countries and across the global
South and North?

Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George are the guest editors for this
special issue. Please submit a one-page proposal, together with a two-page
CV, to either Ashley Currier (Ashley.Currier@uc.edu) or Thérèse
Migraine-George (Therese.Migraine-George@uc.edu) by January 1, 2015.

The guest editors will respond to proposals by February 1, 2015. Complete
manuscripts of approximately 7,500-8,000 words will be due by May 1, 2015


African Feminist Dialogue in Ghana

Between January 12th-15th 2015, RESURJ will host an Africa Feminist Dialogue in Accra, Ghana. The meeting will bring younger feminist activists together to mobilize constituencies for Sexual and Reproductive Justice at national and regional levels. We are seeking applications from young women aged 18-35 from across the region.

Please click on the below for the application form, criteria and more details: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pfGUK8SEdXS2oS8OcTcjIWyNj44pnhldibCFh4J9eOM/viewform


Sign on NOW to support sexual orientation and gender identity rights

This is an URGENT and extremely IMPORTANT action, and we kindly ask that your organisation signs onto this letter before or by 18h00 today-Tuesday 23 September 2014.

Activists and advocates and human rights defenders working on sexuality and gender and on human
rights and social justice in Africa are asked to take note of the proceedings at the Human Rights
Council [Geneva] this week and engage!

At the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Now/This week

A resolution on Human rights and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity has been tabled [see
attached] by Chile, Columbia, Uruguay and Brazil.
This is a follow up Resolution to the first ever SOGI specific Resolution at the UN – Human Rights,
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of June 2011 [Resolution 17/19] which was led by South
Africa and co-sponsored by Brazil and Norway.

This Resolution is important because
1. The issue of rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression is not yet
recognised by many states as a human right issue. This Resolution and its predecessor assert
sexual orientation and gender identity as a human rights issue
2. The levels of violence and discrimination against people based on their real or perceived
sexual orientation and gender identity and expression continues to rise and is driven by both
state and non-state actors. Our efforts to confront these violations and discrimination must
be taken to every platform available. We must address this growing human rights crises and
related sexuality and gender related violations.
3. The initial Resolution put the issue firmly on the table of the major UN human rights body,
the Human Rights Council. There is a need to keep this issue on the Human Rights Council
agenda and at this point the Resolution does this in a way that asserts the importance of
rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity and calls for states to begin to make
the shit to recognition and protection of rights related to sexual orientation and gender
identity and expression
4. There is a massive backlash underway by many states and the Holy See at the UN against
freedom of association, speech and against rights related to sexuality and gender and the
demands we have been and will continue to make for autonomy over our bodies and lives.
We must push back at this backlash and continue to push forwards to setting standards of all
rights for all. This Resolution is one way of doing this. We must pay attention to other similar
issues and backlash against them, such as sex work, abortion and issues of people living with
HIV and transmission as well as the need for comprehensive sexuality education, amongst
others [Watch this space and check out the website of the Sexual Rights Initiative]
5. This resolution is an outcome of many of us on the continent and elsewhere to push forward
an agenda on autonomy and freedom of choice over our bodies and lives and we need to
recognise and affirm this work and push for support for this and similar Resolutions

All votes by all states which have voting powers [current members of the Human Rights Council] are
important. [See list attached]
This particular action is geared towards urging and pressuring South Africa to vote yes for the
Resolution because
1. South Africa has set a global standard on laws and policy frameworks for the recognition and
protection of rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression
2. South Africa led on the initial Resolution [17/19] in June 2011 and this leadership is
important to sustain within the global intergovernmental system
3. We need African states to be voting in favour of this resolution and to be moving into
sustained dialogue on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
South Africa is one such state with the credibility on this issue because of their domestic
policy framework. South Africa must not stop or withhold their leadership as slowly other
African states become sensitive to the need for protection and recognition of rights related to
sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
Similar work is being done with other African states with current voting power at the Human Rights
Council [members of the Council]. Contact fadzai@cal.org.za and phillipa@aidsaccountability.org

1. Read the attached letter to the Minister of International Relations in South Africa (below)
2. Sign on by sending an email with your organisation name and the words SIGN ON
Send your SIGN ON email to signon@aidsaccountability.org
3. Keep engaging on this issue on the social media of the #DemandAccountabilitySA Campaign
member. You can find them here:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/UkomboziKwaAfrikaCampaign
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/UkomboziKwaAfri
E-MAIL: ukombozikwaafrika@gmail.com
Updates will be posted there and discussion and analysis will be underway for this week and
into the next.

COLLECTIVE letter TO minister DIRCO sogie SEPT 2014