In South Africa, IGLHRC has partnered with Gender DynamiX, the first African organization solely for the transgender community. In 2008, IGLHRC and Gender DynamiX together held a Strategy Workshop for transgender activists, the first of its kind on the continent. Held in Cape Town, South Africa, the historic workshop brought together 15 activists from 9 East and Southern African countries—Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—to address the very specific needs of transgender people on the African continent. It marked a key step in the process of defining and building the African transgender movement by African transgender people.
This month Gender DynamiX and IGLHRC are again partnering for another historic event, the first African Regional Trans Health and Advocacy Conference to be held November 26th to 28th in Capetown. The conference will feature qualitative and quantitative research within an African context. The conference has identified two clear focus areas: to educate Health Care Professionals on service provision to Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Nonconforming people; and to explore Indigenous Knowledge and communication in relation to Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Nonconforming persons. Sel Hwang, a transgender health expert and member of IGLHRC’s Board of Directors, will join local activists in this transnational dialogue.
For more information about the conference and the topics that will be covered, see the conference’s website: http://transhealth.genderdynamix.org.za