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The Country We Want to Live In: Hate Crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans

08 December 2010
16:45 - 19:00

Date :

08 December 2010

Time :

16:45 – 19:00


Presenters :

  • Prof. Vasu Reddy (Human & Social Development Research Programme, HSRC)
  • Ms Nonhlanhla Mkhize (Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre) 
  • Prof. Jane Bennett (African Gender Institute (AGI), University of Cape Town)
  • Prof. Relebohile Moletsane (Rural Education, University of KwaZulu-Nata

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar and report launch.

Key note address (T.B.C.)


Address:  Beverley Palesa Ditsie (Writer, Filmmaker, Activist)


The Country We Want to Live in: Hate Crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans offers a refreshing perspective on violence perpetrated against black lesbians. Bringing together the voices of a diverse grouping of people, this publication provides a set of positions on issues that will have relevance for stakeholders nationally, continentally and globally.

The report offers an analysis of the state of affairs concerning lesbian lives in South Africa, but does not it speak on behalf of lesbians. Interspersed in the text are references to the critical literature, news reports, popular articles and statements made by some participants in a roundtable discussion on which it is based that align the issues to ongoing discussions from a humanities-based lens.

The authors address some of the activism surrounding the campaign to end violence against lesbians, and offer recommendations relevant for ongoing policy and advocacy development. The country we want to live in makes an impassioned plea about citizenship, belonging and social justice, confirming that silence about these issues is not an option.

The audio presentation for the seminar is available for download

Kindly RSVP by 6 December 2010 to: Arlene Grossberg on email: or Baby Twala, on tel +27(0)12 302 2368, cell: 0735870378 or email 


Gauteng : The Auditorium, the Apartheid Museum, Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Johannesburg 2135, tel. +27 (0)11 309 4700