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KAMPALA: Remembering Noxolo: We demand justice for slain LGBTI persons
Exactly two years ago, on 24th-04-2011, Noxolo Nogwasa, a South African lesbian and LGBTI activist was brutally raped, stabbed and beaten to death and her body dumped in a drainage ditch as she went home from a party, in the Kwathane townships, in the outskirts of Johannesburg.
Noxolo was a mother of two and a soccer player.
“My condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Noxolo. May God keep you strong through this trying time. We are perturbed that even when the constitution of S.Africa is accommodating of sexual minorities that such crime still go unpunished. I was once bullied when I was playing soccer for Cape Town Pirates, because of my sexuality. It is sad indeed” said Doreen, the Sports Coordinator of FARUG.
Two years later, the murders have since not been arrested and no progress has been made towards a comprehensive investigation into the murder and the perpetrators,; alleged to be eight of them still remain at large.
Freedom and Roam Uganda demands that the government of South Africa and the concerned parties immediately embark on an investigation into, not only Noxolo’s murder but for ALL those who have been killed and abused, physical, sexually or otherwise on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The constitution of S.Africa outlaws discrimination against gays and lesbians.
We recommend that there be Stop Hate Campaigns funded by government to educate the public on the dangers of hate crimes directed towards sexual minorities and on basic rights of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
We send the family of Noxolo and the entire LGBTI community in S.Africa strength and stand in solidarity with you.
Aluta continua: The struggle continues
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It’s that time of the month once again when we meet as members at office for social Friday. Social Friday offers safe space where we come and relax; unwind after stressful weeks of working. It forges solidarity, sisterhood, entertainment and at the same time educating members. This Friday we shall engage in the following activities.
We shall hold a meeting at 2:00pm to discuss the progress of the economic empowerment, where members will share the achievements and challenges faced during the implementation of their projects, make recommendations and forge a way forward.
FARUG has grown in numbers since our last Annual General Meeting and leadership institute and several other members joined FARUG right before the leadership institute. It was an intense workshop and therefore we want to take time off tomorrow and review member’s expectations of the organization and what they plan to do for their beloved organization.
As usual, movies will be screening in the resource center the entire time.
1) “Screaming Queens” 4:00pm
Is a tale of a little known story of the first acts of collective violent resistance to queer people in the United States. Three years before the famous Stonewall Inn raid.
2) “From Criminality to Equality” 5:00pm
40years of Lesbian and gay movement history in Canada from 1969 to 2009; a complete collection of “stand together”, “The queer nineties”, “politics of the heart” and “The end of second class”.
3) “And then came Lola” 8:00pm
We shall wind up with a fun lesbian movie. Lola photograopher races to get a crucial meeting on time. Her job and girlfriend; casey are on the line. Cassey in the meantime is falling into the arms of her ex. Higly entertaining. A must watch.
Drinks will be provided. However members are requested to be kind as to come along with drinks since we are operating on a tight budget and all we can afford for now is a beer each, a streaming pot of Malwa and sodas.two members have volunteered to coordinate the session and also moderate topics.
Unlike the past social Fridays which would go on until late, this Friday meeting will end at 9:30 strictly.
We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.