Mphande and Nibogora are no strangers to the organisation. On the appointments, Honourable Justice Monica Mbaru, Chairperson of the AMSHeR Board of Directors said: “These appointments come at an opportune time, as we celebrate AMSHeR’s 10th year, and re-affirm our resolve to be at the forefront of human rights advocacy. The roles serve within the Secretariat, and are instrumental in supporting the Board’s institutional mandate and ensuring the execution thereof.
Ms. Mphande’s appointment to the position of Deputy Director is well earned, and is a testament to our resolve in ensuring diversity. Her broad experience is invaluable. Likewise, Mr. Nibogora, appointed to Director of Programmes is a seasoned programmes leader and implementer.’’
The Board is pleased that the two appointees are quality, experienced employees, who are already contributing meaningfully in the organisation. Mphande’s appointment is significant, and comes at a time when a renewed leadership is required to successfully implement the organisation’s strategic mandate – and solidify its industry role and contribution made over the last 10 years. Her experience in strategic communication, organisational development and institutional strengthening gives her the edge to lead this function at the AMSHeR Secretariat.
Nibogora has over 15 years’ of experience in the advocacy sector. He has overseen key AMSHeR programmes, notably those funded by the European Union, the United Nations and others. He serves on the Board of the NGO Delegation to the Global Fund – all this while lecturing in human rights for different academic institutions.
The Board is confident that these appointments will strengthen the AMSHeR Secretariat and depersonalise the institution while enabling it to deliver on its members’ mandate. AMSHeR’s commitment remains to advance the rights of LGBT+ communities in Africa, leading into a future where every country in Africa enables safe, healthy, productive and fulfilling lives for all its people, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender express.
AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of 18 LGBT led organisations working in 15 countries to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). AMSHeR aims to strengthen capacity, partnerships and collaborations amongst LGBT focused civil society organisations in Africa, and to deepen alliances with other social movements that champion health, human rights, social justice and development.
AMSHeR advocates for protective policy and legal environments in hostile contexts at national, sub-regional and regional levels. This is done through the creation of space for community and civil society (CSO) participation in policy-related conversations, enabling access to resources and to decision-making spaces, capacity strengthening of various stakeholders to
ensure duty-bearers understand and fulfil their duties and rights-holders to claim their rights.
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