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AMSHeR Announces New Executive Director

Humphrey Melusi Ndondo, AMSHeR’s Executive Director

 

AMSHeR Announces New Executive Director

JOHANNESBURG, November 20, 2017 – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is pleased to announce the selection of Humphrey Melusi Ndondo as its next Executive Director. He will join the team on December 1, 2017, following the departure of Kene Esom at the end of August 2017 after six years with the organisation. The appointment was made after a highly subscribed search and recruitment process.

‘Humphrey’s experience as a public health practitioner and advocate for non-discrimination is a great fit,’ said Andre Wagner, Chairperson of AMSHeR’s Human Resources Committee and Board Vice Chair, who led the Executive Transition Committee. ‘He is a proven change agent who has advanced important work for key populations using a unified framework of equality.’

Humphrey currently serves as Director for the Sexual Rights Centre in Zimbabwe and has been involved in human rights advocacy efforts for various marginalised communities including sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and people living with disabilities.  Prior to his career as a human rights defender, he worked in psychosocial rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist and a Field Coordinator on the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme (ZimFETP) at the University of Zimbabwe. His current research interests involve exploring the lived heterosexist experiences of LGBT persons, the lived experiences and vulnerability to HIV among minors in sex work, as well as unpacking the intersection of religion, culture and human rights for sexual and gender minorities.

Humphrey noted, My vision for AMSHeR is inspired by the fact that the organisation turns ten years in 2019. I envision an AMSHeR with a strong and mature leadership, one that is responsive to the constituency that it serves at a national, regional and global level. I picture an AMSHeR with a wider remit and a deeper accountability in ensuring that men who have sex with men (MSM) and LGBT individuals in Africa are recognised and respected as full citizens in their respective countries, that diversity is celebrated and not criminalised and that sexual and gender diverse persons realise their potential and live full happy lives.’

Humphrey received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Zimbabwe where he had earlier earned his undergraduate degree. Humphrey is looking forward to this new challenge and will rely on his personal values of transparency, respect, integrity “Ubuntu”, compassion, frugality, human rights, intersectionality, courage and perseverance and celebration of diversity on the African continent.

Message from AMSHeR Board Chair, Justice Monica Mbaru
On behalf of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Humphrey Melusi Ndondo as the new Executive Director of AMSHeR. Humphrey is an advocate for the rights of sexual minorities on the African continent and has served as Director for the Sexual Rights Centre in Zimbabwe.

Humphrey was born in post-Independence Zimbabwe to a middle-class family where he learned at an early age the values of respect, integrity, compassion, generosity and excellence. He has been involved in human rights advocacy efforts for marginalised communities including sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and people living with disabilities. Prior to starting his career as a Human Rights Defender, he did work in psychosocial rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist and a Field Coordinator on the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme (ZimFETP) at the University of Zimbabwe. Humphrey has a stellar reputation as a leader who is highly skilled, collaborative, open, passionate and curious.

The executive transition team, chaired by the chairperson of the human resources committee of AMSHeR and vice chairperson has unanimously recommended Humphrey to the Board to be our next Executive Director and the Board has unanimously approved the recommendation. We believe he will make an excellent leader for AMSHeR as a visionary, brave leader, and we believe he has the skills that AMSHeR needs in its next transformative journey.

Humphrey is going to spend the next few weeks in learning and listening, and will take over the Executive Director position on December 1, 2017. His first priority will be to immerse himself in deepening his understanding of the AMSHeR coalition.

I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the board of directors to pass on our heartfelt thanks to Berry Didier Nibogora, AMSHeR’s law and human rights advocacy manager for doing a stellar job at overseeing the secretariat during the period of transition following the departure of Kene Esom, AMSHeR’s previous Executive Director and current strategic initiatives advisor to the board. The transition would not have been possible without the entire secretariat support, to all staff, most appreciated.

The AMSHeR board is delighted to have reached such a successful outcome in its search for a new Executive Director and I ask you to join me in extending a warm welcome to Humphrey and AMSHeR’s new Executive Director.

Media Contact
Juliet Mphande
+2711 242 6800
juliet@amsher.org

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Southern Africa Charter

What is the issue?

There is lack of access to health, particularly accessible, available,affordable and acceptable health services, including HIV-related services by people who have been marginalised based on sexuality and gender.

What is the demand?

As people on the margins, we stand together to demand access to affordable, acceptable and accessible health services, including HIV related services. We are deeply concerned that health and health services for all is in a state of sustained crisis in Southern Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.

  • We refuse to be denied access. We refuse to be silent.
  • We reassert that health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (WHO, 1948)
  •  We have a right to health.
  • Participate in the drafting of the Southern African Charter on Access to Health by and for Marginalised People!

In preparation for its Regional Workshop on Marginalised People, Sexual Rights and Sexual Health to be held at the end of February 2017, the Coalition of African Lesbians is inviting you to submit your suggestions and comments on what you, your organisation or your activist collective or group want to see in this Charter. The Charter will make rights claims and demands to access sexual and reproductive justice for people who are marginalised based on their sexuality and gender. This campaign is part of the KP REACH Learning Project and is a joint effort by its partners: the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), and the Southern African Trans

Forum (SATF).

CAL, as part of the KP REACH Project has already collected information and demands from a number of groups including women living with HIV, sex workers, lesbian women, transdiverse people and men who have sex with men, through our work in eight Southern Africa countries. We have also, as part of the Autonomy Project of CAL, begun to articulate a set of issues and demands as women who are marginalised based on sexuality and gender.

 

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