Happy New Year!
This is the first of edition of the GALCK Newsletter, an initiative to share updates and news between all of the organizations. Let’s start the New Year off right by keeping each other aware of what’s going on.
GALCK updates include the release of the Transition Team’s Final Report and the resignation of Jackson Otieno in mid- January.
In addition, the outcome of the Director’s and Board meeting held on January 27th was seen as positive. A Task Force Committee was established to oversee work and duties until more GALCK secretariat staff is hired. This Committee is composed of Jonah Chinga, Board Chair, Audrey Mbugua of TEA, John Mathenge of HOYMAS, Peter Njane of Ishtar, Anthony Oluoch of GKT and Lorna Diaz of the community.
Member Group Updates:
GKT is preparing to roll out the second phase of the community education program “Breaking the Myths: Acknowledging, Tolerance and Sensitivity to LGB Issues in Kenya. This project, seeks to address the key human rights needs areas for the LGB community in Kenya, as well as identify possible avenues to seek redress, inclusion and mainstreaming of the LGB issues in the socioeconomic and political arena in Kenya.
Gay Kenya Trust has rolled out a project dubbed HAKI- Awareness, which is an initiative developed to create civic consciousness among sexual minority persons, as well as enhance and increase vigilance in the face of security uncertainty due to the current political euphoria. The project will empower the sexual minority community to remain vigilant for potential violence through community watch, strengthening referral security and wellness systems as well as reporting and documentation of any forms of violations.
MWA participated in Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) EAST AFRICAN INITIATIVE, FEMINIST THINK TANK Meeting at HOTEL LAMADA 29TH AUGUST-1ST SEPTEMBER 2012
Q-FM Radio hosted MWA in the first week of October, 2012 where they discussed Parent-son/daughter relationships, friendships between gay and straight persons, and Health of LB persons.
Members of the group also attended various events including: 5th African Conference on Sexual Health Rights, the 14th Session of the UN Universal Periodic Review, and the ILGA World Conference in Stockholm Dec 2012.
MWA held a November Mental health forum in the Arboretum for members and a December closing end year forum at Arboretum in December for members.
UKWELI Mombasa is working on some proposals to submit to Hivos and Lavi. In addition, they have been working with Aphia and people at the coast in hopes of getting support for peer education sessions and are in the process of signing a MOU with them.
UKWELI is also working on some fundraising events to help raise money for office equipment.
TEA has completed an interview/documentary film on transgender education. An edited version will soon be available online and on their website.
Ishtar MSM is running a one year program called “We are one” for the running and maintenance of the SASA Centre. SASA Centre is a health facility located in Nairobi (beneath GALCK Offices) that provides HIV&AIDS care to Most at Risk Populations that include sex workers and MSM.
In addition, ISHTAR in partnership with NOPE held an open Health forum discussion meeting on 25th January2013, at the GODOWN ARTS CENTER. The main objective of this meeting was to create awareness on Health issues among MSM.