Events

IDAHOT 2015 Book launch and panel discussion

15 May, 6:00 pm
Alliance Française – 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), the Labour Research Service (LRS), the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg invite you to a special event to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Please join us for the launch of two exciting new publications: Equality is Everyone’s Business: Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in South African Workplaces and Are Our Workplaces Safe and Supportive? Real-life Experiences of Lesbian, Bisexual and Gender-nonconforming Women.

Equality is Everyone’s Business is a simple-to-use guide for workers, employers, HR managers, trade unions and NGOs. It uses real-life examples to highlight how discrimination can play out in a workplace and how such behaviours impact on the health and wellbeing of LGBTI workers. It also provides accurate information on labour laws and relevant policies, as well as advice on raising a complaint, seeking help or responding to cases of discrimination.

Are Our Workplaces Safe and Supportive? is a discussion paper on the treatment of lesbian, bisexual and gender-nonconforming women in the South African labour market. It shows that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity remains widespread despite the many legislative protections in place. It concludes with clear, evidence-based recommendations for employers, government, trade unions and other key stakeholders.

The event will include a thought-provoking panel discussion with representatives from GALA, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the Labour Research Service (LRS) and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). The conversation will reflect on the key themes of both publications as well as on how we might better tackle this critical issue. There will also be plenty of time to share personal experiences and to catch up with old and new friends. Light refreshments will be provided.

We hope you will help us to celebrate the release of these new publications and to mark this year’s International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

 

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