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Sibongile Ndashe

Human Rights Lawyer, Interights, South Africa

Sibongile Ndashe is an international human rights lawyer. She has worked as a public interest lawyer for the past 14 years. First as a domestic lawyer in South Africa working for two of the largest public interest litigation organisations, the Legal Resources Centre and the Women's Legal Centre focusing on women's rights and then as a researcher at the South African Constitutional Court. Since joining Interights over 6 years ago, she has focused on regional human rights litigation, working before the African Commission on human and peoples' with a focus on discrimination. She also works with domestic lawyers from a range of African countries and provides technical legal assistance to lawyers litigating before national courts. She has worked to support regional and domestic movements who are looking to litigate sexual orientation and gender identity matters before domestic courts. She favors an incremental approach to decriminalization of laws that prohibit same-sex sex. To this end, she has worked to establish The African LGBTI Rights Lawyers Network, ALRILaN, a network aimed at supporting lawyers who are litigating SOGI cases. She also provides legal support to movements working before the African Human Rights Systems to advance the rights of LGBTI people. Ms. Ndashe holds a B.Proc. and L.L.B. degree from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research interests include women's rights, SOGI and intersectional discrimination.

Recent publications on SOGI

The battle for the recognition of LGBTI rights as human rights

<http://www.gwi-boell.de/web/lgbt-lgbti-rights-human-rights-africa-2324.html>

Seeking the protection of LGBTI rights at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

<http://agi.ac.za/sites/agi.ac.za/files/2_case_study_sibongile_ndashe.pdf>

The day the African Commission disavowed humanity

<http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/68947>