CAL Announces New Board Members

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new independent board members in accordance with the Constitution of CAL as amended by General Assembly 2015.

The new members will serve alongside the three existing Executive Committee (EC) members under the authority of sections H.4 – 8 of the Constitution. The now fully functional board consists of a diverse group of professionals who are representative of our radical African lesbian feminisms (RALF).

They are:

Agbor Rita Takem: a committed gender activist and teacher driven by the passion to address all forms of discrimination against women and girls. She provides training for women and girls on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Aïda Salander: former member and co-founder of Chouf, member of Mawjoudin and currently serving as a Media Officer at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, a Lebanese NGO whose mission is to encourage and support activists working for sexual and bodily rights and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa. Aïda, who believes in the power of social media, understands the seriousness of digital security and has recently founded Geek and Queer, a digital security programme for queer people and women.

Desiree (Des) le Roux: senior manager in the South African public sector,  responsible for Employee Relations and Performance Management. A former Parliamentary Counsel, Des has an extensive legal background, as well as impeccable struggle credentials and political acumen. She has worked as a Trainer, Facilitator, Coach and Legal and Development Consultant in the public, private and NGO sectors.

Juliet Nnedinma Ulanmo Esq: a legal practitioner and human rights activist who has been practising Law since 2008 and is currently contributing to the setting up of the West Africa LGBQT Activist-Led fund as a member of the Interim Steering Committee.

Ngozi Nwosu-Juba: a human rights activist and current Project Director at Vision Spring Initiatives. Motivated to protect, promote and advance the rights of women, girls and other vulnerable groups, Ngozi envisions a society were equality, the rule of law and educational opportunities will become an integral part of our everyday life.

Rose Wangari (Kare) Kibaara: a queer feminist and human rights defender who works with refugees, sexual minorities and women and girls to create safe spaces and enhance capacity. She has been active in the LGBTIQ and women’s and girls’ rights movements in Kenya and Uganda for the past 6 years. Kare also works in the arts, where her professional foundation was built.

Yasmin Hussein: a young Muslim, feminist queer woman and Auditor by profession, who is passionate about activism. Her specific focus is equal rights for the minority women in the broader SOGIE movement. Accompanied by her love for literature and the arts, Yasmin has a budding career in the public financial auditing and assurance sector.

The Coalition is confident in the skills, ability and commitment of the new board members as they officially begin their tenure.

We also take the opportunity at this time to express our heartfelt gratitude for the dedication and work of two former Executive Committee members, Liz Frank – our longest serving EC member – and Diana Mailosi, who had resigned for personal reasons, and continue to be active in the sector.

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