INCLUSION EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP @ THE CONSTITUTION HILL 12th – 15th October 2021
In celebration of Pride Month 2021, the Thami Dish Foundation alongside various key stakeholders today launched the 2021 LGBTIQ+ Inclusion & Empowerment Workshop set to take at the Constitution Hill this week.
The Inclusion and Empowerment Workshops – a well curated range of workshops, to encourage greater, within all sectors of South African Society, invite various industry leaders, senior governmental representatives and the LGBTQI+ civil sector community in conversation, sensitisation training and network building opportunities.
The programme managed by the Thami Dish Foundation alongside the Global Network Conference together with private and public sector partners, have designed a comprehensive programme to offer overview training to industry specific inclusion and diversity concerns in the areas of Gender, Sexuality and Gender Expression.
The 4 DAY long workshop will take place in the second week of Pride Month from Tuesday, 12th – Friday 15th October 2021) at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
These informative workshops will delve into 3 main themes including:
• Justice & Law • Media & Communication • Diversity & Inclusion in the Private and Public Sector
In addition a half day business clinic will also be run parallel to the workshop to support young LGBTIQ+ entrepreneurs and small business owners during the course of the program.
Powered by the Gauteng Tourism Authority, The Department of Justice, Brand South Africa and Constitution Hill, the workshop welcomes all South Africans to attend.
WORKSHOP Registrations can be done via email or call as per below:
This day focuses on the role of media houses, narrative drivers, content creators and media monitoring groups, public communications personnel, governmental communications representatives and other related communications professionals in the representation of Queer narratives in storytelling, broadcasting, advertising and the communications space.
The workshop is designed to equip industry stakeholders with the understanding of queer representation and risks of playing towards stereotypes in terms of LGBTQI+ content. The workshop is envisioned to host senior decision-makers in these respective fields
Welcome: Ditshego Ditshego
1:1 Opening Remarks:Thami Kotlolo; Thami Dish FoundationLerato Legodi; Strategic Relationship Manager, Brand South Africa
1:2 The Power of Media in Challenging Heteronormativity & Homophobia A discussion on the Media’s power to empower or harm through narratives and representation of the LGBTIQ+ Community. FACILITATOR : Ditshego DitshegoKeval Harie, Director; Gay & Lesbian Me Mmory in Action Trust (Gala) Thiart Li, (Shenay O’Brien) Drag Artist, MC, Producer, Singer Nomvuyiso Batyi; CEO Film & Publications Board
13h30 – 14h00
1:3 Media Sensitisation Training An intensive workshop into key principles of gender & sexuality diversity and application in media. Trainer:Jay Matlou
14h15 – 16h00
1:4 WORKSHOP: LGBTIQ+ REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA AND BROADCASTING Representatives of different genres of media discuss representation and stereotypes when representing LGBTIQ+ narratives Moderator: Makgano Mamabolo ; Actress, Scriptwriter, Producer & ShowrunnerFanney Tsimong, Creative Director; Doti-ProducxionzAthi Petela; Producer, DirectorGaopie Kabe; Cinematographer
Day 2: Justice and the LGBTQI+ Community
The Access to Justice workshop is designed to consolidate all relevant stakeholders in the access to justice project in serving the LGBTQI+ community. Furthermore it is designed to equip civil society representatives and activists/community organizers with the technical knowhow in accessing legal structures such as the Equality Court in aiding their work in finding justice for victims and third parties facing discrimination based on their gender, sexuality and gender expression.
This workshop seeks to facilitate cohesive and constructive engagement between government structures that impact the access and quality of access to justice available to the LGBTQI+ community
Welcome: Ditshego Ditshego
10h00 – 10h15
Address: Tasneem Motara; MEC Department of Infrastructure DevelopmentPolitical Champion of LGBTIQ+ Rights in Gauteng
PANEL DISCUSSIONTHEME: Creating a Victim Centric Justice System in terms of LGBTIQ+ RepresentationThe importance of education & Constitutional Awareness within the LGBTIQ+ Community and representative organisationsFACILITATOR : Advocate Lethlogonolo MokgoraoaneJade Madingane; Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW)Roche Kester : Advocacy Coordinator, Triangle ProjectFasiha Hassan: Member of Provincial LegislatureRepresentatives from the Department of Justice, South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority
KEYNOTE ADDRESSMINISTER OF JUSTICE; Mr Ronald Lamola
14h30 – 16h00
WORKSHOP: Justice without a Lawyer Trainer: Moude Maodi-Swartz Paralegal Officer for the Love Not Hate Programme, OUT LGBT Well-Being The session aims to provide insight on the available legal remedies for violations based on SOGIESC, the procedures involved in reporting, and how to document and collect the relevant evidence. The session will also highlight the roles of Chapter 9 institutions and the under used services available at the Equality Court. We encourage community members and allies to join the session to get more information which will be helpful for purposes of reporting or providing support and assistance to victims of Human Rights violations based on SOGIESC.
Day 3: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
The final workshop is designed to evaluate the level of inclusion in the private sector and public sector. In this effort the workshop is designed to study good practices of inclusion and diversity in terms of LGBTQI+ representation and services available
Welcome : Ditshego Ditshego
Address: Parks Tau, Gauteng MEC for Economic DevelopmentThe Role of Small Businesses in building an Inclusive Society
10h30 – 12h00
Topic: Meaningful Representation & Visibility of the LGBTIQ+ Community in the Workplace QQA review of best practice and challenges faced by South African Employers Teveshan Erasmus-Kuni; Head of Credit for Commercial Asset Finance: Standard Bank & Director at SA LGBT+ Management ForumTshepo Jerry Moseki; Senior SHEQ Co-ordinator; Fraser AlexanderLerato Legodi; Strategic Relationship Manager, Brand South AfricaHelouise Burger; EY
Fikile Mbalula; Minister of TransportMoving Forward Inclusively
Interesting Projects & Ideas In this session we present a range of speakers on new ideas, interesting ideas and new research in the area of LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace Facilitator : Roche Kester ; Political Advocacy Co-ordinator; Triangle Project
“Honesty has Gone With The Wind!” A presentation on the role of integrity and authenticity at all levels in today’s world.” Sylvester Chauke; Founder DNA Brand Architects
Access to Markets : Happy Ngidi ; Chief Officer; Marketing and Communications, Proudly South African
Current Labour Legislation protecting LGBTIQ+ Employees Points Employers should be aware of regarding LGBTIQ+ rights in the workplace Chantelle De Sousa, Attorney
“Why Lobby for Queer Economic Empowerment?”Siya Khumalo, Author What can Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment and associated legislation like Employment Equity and Skills Development do for queer people, in their current form? What changes should be introduced to these laws for them to improve the lives of the queer community?
Parallel Session : Small Business Clinic
Sponsored by Gauteng Tourism Agency
14h00 – 16h00
Small Business Clinic: Workshop for young LGBTIQ+ Entrepreneurs Opening Address: Parks Tau, Gauteng MEC for Economic DevelopmentWorkshop Facilitators: Barba Gaoganediwe, Head Destination Media, Gauteng Tourism Authority Saki Zamxaka, CEO Gauteng Enterprise Propellor Mosa Tshabalala, CEO Gauteng Growth Development Agency Zimkitha Guma (PLUS- Board Member) Francina Ntsimane, Department of Economic Development
Open Market Day: An LGBTIQ+ Market will be open at the Women’s Jail
Day 4: Queerwell Mental Health Workshops
Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
A Mental health conference to address mental health in order to gain more understanding of mental health issues, awareness and mental wellness holistically
OPENING OF CONFERENCEWelcome with creative way to bless the conferenceArrival and RegistrationTea and networkingWelcome by MC Mr Paddy Sipho Nhlapo and house rules of the conferenceKeynote address by ED of Queerwell Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe and introductions of the secretariat and conference teamQueerwell making mental health accessible in the LGBTIAQ+ community
MEC Social Development; MEC Morakane Mosupyoe
Session 29.45am – 11.00am
THEME 1: DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY Dr Lerato Galesitoe address the topic for an hour, followed by a panel discussion led by MC and Moderator Mr Paddy Nhlapo and then the floor is open to a Town Hall debate from the floor with speakers responding to questions – ensuring that youth have a voice. Speakers are encouraged to make use of film and images in presentations]
Session 311.00am – 12.30pm
THEME 2: RIGHTS – SUBSTANCE ABUSE Mr Itumeleng Mamabolo address the topic for an hour, followed by a panel discussion led by our MC and Moderator Mr Paddy Sipho Nhlapo and then the floor is open to a Town Hall debate from the floor with speakers responding to questions – ensuring that youth have a voice. Speakers are encouraged to make use of film and images in presentations]
12.30pm to 1.00pm
THEME 2: RIGHTS – INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE Forum for the Empowerment of Women representative address the topic for an hour, followed by a panel discussion led by our MC and Moderator Mr Paddy Sipho Nhlapo and then the floor is open to a Town Hall debate from the floor with speakers responding to questions – ensuring that youth have a voice. Speakers are encouraged to make use of film and images in presentations]
Workshops Session 12.30pm – 4.00pm
WORKSHOP ON SELF LOVE WORKSHOPS RUNNING FOR 2 HOURS LED BY MISS IYANDA NYONI