Celebration of IDAHOT Day 2015 [fr]
The Embassy of France in Pretoria, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliances Françaises of Johannesburg and Pretoria banded together to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2015.
Launch of a landmark guide at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg
On 15 May, the Alliance Française (AF) of Johannesburg hosted the launch of the landmark Guide “Equality is Everyone’s Business: Eliminating Homophobia and Transphobia in South African Workplaces”. Jointly organized by the Embassy of France in South Africa, the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) association and the AF of Johannesburg, the event was opened by the Ambassador of France in South Africa and Lesotho Elisabeth Barbier.
Ambassador Barbier attended the panel discussion on tackling discrimination against lesbian and gender nonconforming women in the workplace, with representatives from GALA, the Labour Research Service (LRS), COSATU, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), which was followed by an interactive debate.
"Equality is Everyone’s Business" is a straightforward guide for workers, employers, HR managers, trade unions and NGOs. It 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.
Cultural events and discussion at the Alliance Française of Pretoria
On 17 May, Ambassador Barbier welcomed the public at the Alliance Française of Pretoria, for a musical concert (Marcia Moon and Gaellou Greenwood), an art & photography exhibition (Izanne Wiid and Marcia Moon) and a discussion on the problems faced by Migrant LGBTI in Southern Africa and the rest of the world. The event was organized by the AF Pretoria and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), in partnership with the University of Pretoria.