Irwin Iradukunda

Country representing

Burundi

Languages

Kirundi
French

Education

  • Light University of Bujumbura; Portland State University; Maastricht University/United Nations University - MERIT
  • BA Management and Administration - Specializing in Social Marketing

Current organisation

MOLI

Current role

Director of Programmes

Skills and Expertise

Activism

Areas of interest

Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

I work towards Advocacy for Human Rights and Social Development in the areas of LGBTQI and Sex Workers’ rights in Africa. My experiences are both in local and regional organisations. In 2016, I have edited Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa, a poetry anthology that seeks to challenge and engage individuals and institutions that consider homosexuality immoral and un-African. The anthology finds its purpose in the fact that in many African countries, individuals are subjected to corporal punishment, imprisonment, or even death sentences, based on their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. The anthology echoes the unheard voices of marginalised Africans that same-sex relationships are not un-African by telling their stories through poetry on desire, confusion, familial isolation, and self-determination. The anthology has valued myself recognition by being featured in the first-ever fiveFilms4freedom 2016 Global List by the British Council – increasing visibility on my work and profile as a LGBT Human Rights Defender. In the same year, I have worked towards advocacy for inclusion and consideration of LGBT and sex workers through the research reports: Turi abande? A Landscape Analysis of the Human Rights of Sex Workers and LGBT Communities in Burundi, Agaciro: A Landscape Analysis of the Human Rights of Sex Workers and LGBT Communities in Rwanda. My addresses through keynotes in public meetings on HIV at national level plus working with the LGBTQ communities has made me one of the recipients of the 2016 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy, by AVAC – Global Advocacy for HIV prevention. The Award was established to pay tribute to the life and work of Omololu Falobi and to highlight the essential role of community advocacy in HIV prevention research.