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Gauteng Department of Community Development

What will it take for LGBTI people in our communities to experience
the safety and security entrenched in our constitution?

GALA is a member of the Working Group of the National Task Team on Violence Against LGBTI Persons, led by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. In 2014 the Task Team presented to the public its national strategic intervention plan (NSIP), which includes a strong focus on strengthening the South African Police Services (SAPS) capacity to deliver effective and appropriate services to LGBTI people through training and materials development. The Task Team is currently implementing the first phase of this intervention.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and South African Policing Union (SAPU) have the potential to play a critical role in driving change within SAPS for the implementation of LGBTI friendly laws and policies.
On the 18th August GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action) with the support of the LRS (Labour Research Service) and funded by HIVOS will be hosting a dialogue with the members of the LGBT community, members of the community policing forum and police trade unions. The dialogue will take place at the offices of the Department of Community Development in Johannesburg.

The purpose of the dialogue is to facilitate engagement between the LGBTI community, members of the community policing forums and the members of police service trade unions with the intention of working towards the creation of communities that are safe and secure of LGBTI people.

For any further information please contact:

GALA: Nancy Castro-Leal (084 418 3349)
LRS: Nosipho Twala (071 413 9015)

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