Launch of National LGBTI Programme

Mr JT Radebe, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development will deliver the key note address at the launch of the National LGBTI programme and hand over the Torch of Peace.

Mr JT Radebe, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development will deliver the key note address at the launch of the National LGBTI programme and hand over the Torch of Peace. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) established the National Task Team (NTT) to develop a National Intervention Strategy to address the widespread and increasing violence and discrimination faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa, especially in the criminal justice system. The LGBTI programme has been developed by the NTT which was established in 2011 and which consists of government, civil society and Chapter Nine institutions.

At the launch Minister Radebe will unveil the task team’s work and release documents including the Terms of Reference for the National Task Team; the National Intervention Strategy; the Rapid Response Strategy to expedite cases of violence against members of the LGBTI community in the criminal justice system; a brochure answering Frequently Asked Questions about the LGBTI community. The launch programme will be managed by Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and will be attended by civil society members from all nine provinces.

“Despite increasing legislative recognition and protection afforded to LGBTI persons, we sadly live in a society that is strongly homophobic. We need to change attitudes.”  Mr J Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is the DOJ&CD’s implementing partner in the Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Rights (AJPCR) Programme. The FHR has played a key role in facilitating communication between government and civil society in the National Task Team.

Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the FHR said “In attempting to address the root causes of the continued violence and threats against members of this vulnerable group we are committed to ensuring that the rights of all LGBTI are respected and protected. The FHR is also committed to developing leadership at a provincial level in order to ensure that those most affected by the violence and discrimination are heard. We are also working to ensure that cases of violence based on sexual orientation and gender will be fast-tracked in the criminal justice system. The FHR is also committed to raising constitutional rights awareness and supports programmes to end hate crimes.”

Venue: Women’s Gaol Constitutional Hill,
Tuesday 29 April 2014
10H00 – 14H00

For further information contact:

Dipika Nath
dnath@fhr.org.za
078 9803033

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