The United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women will shine a spotlight on human rights issues this March. Join us at the office on March 13th after a full day of the CSW to meet and connect with local and international grantee partners.
We'd like to spark conversation on LGBTQI human rights within the context of women's rights. We'll have a panel discussion with Astraea staff and our grantee partners from 5:30-6:30. An informal reception will follow from 6:45 - 8:30.
Manny de Guerre (Side by Side LGBT Film Festival; Russia)
Manny de Guerre is founder and organizer of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Over the last 7 years she has been responsible for overseeing the direction and management of the film festival. Among some of the key responsibilities are the creative direction of the festival, developing projects and strategies, fundraising and establishing contact with potential partners, sponsors and organizations with the view for collaboration and building relations both at local and international levels. She has carried out extensive research in Russia concerning the importance of the arts and culture in terms of its social, political and psychological significance.
Jabulani C. Pereira (Iranti-Org; South Africa)
Jabulani C. Pereira is an activist, researcher, trainer and facilitator and the co-founder and coordinator of Iranti-Org. Jabulani lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jabulani has been an organizer for 24 years. They have worked at the Legal Resources Centre, Soul City, and they served as a Board member of FEW, a national black lesbian organization, based in Johannesburg. Jabulani graduated from New York University. They have a masters of arts degree, with a major and focus is museum studies. Their thesis titled Museum Exhibitions, Mass Violence and Human Rights, examines and tracks the ethical responsibility of museums in displaying photographs on atrocities.
Kenita Placide (United and Strong Inc.; Saint Lucia)
Kenita Placide is the Co-Executive Director of United and Strong Inc. (U&S), an LGBTI Human Rights organisation Saint Lucia, with responsibilities for general administration, advocacy and programs. She is also the Coordinator of the Eastern Caribbean hub of the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS). She is the lead contact for CariFlags/U&S as the alternate Women’s Secretariat of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).
In 2009, Kenita Placide submitted the first written and oral presentation by United and Strong to Saint Lucia's Constitution Reform Commission and followed up with a submission to the Universal Periodic Review process at the United Nations in 2010. Kenita is instrumental in organising the many training in Saint Lucia and the OECS including the first regional security and human rights training for LGBT and sexual rights defenders in July of 2011 and regional documentation training in 2013.