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Heritage day @ FEW PDF Print E-mail
24 September 2009

By Tebogo Nkoana

ImageTebogo Nkoana, the outreach person of Gender DynamiX was invited to represent transgender community at Soweto pre Pride mini workshops organised by FEW (Forum for Empowerment of Women) organisation. He showed Transformation digital stories consist of Transgender life experience produced by Gender DynamiX in partnership with Women’sNet and GALA. To many of the audiences the two mini movies which were showed (Tebogo and Temba) were an eye opening; it was amazing to see more than three people in the audience secretly coming out as transgender people. This made me realise the importance to keep on showing the DVD.

During the pride mini workshop at FEW one of the radio journalists (Soweto local radio) approach Tebogo Nkoana for an interview. He was more interested in my transitioning and culture as the assumption is that black transgender people suffer more than the other races. However Tebogo experience being different was shock to him. He asked to publish the interview as it might help many other who identify with my personal story.
Gender DynamiX 5th Annual Gender Diversity Awareness Seminar PDF Print E-mail

30 June 2009

On 30 June 2009 Gender DynamiX presented the 5th annual Gender Diversity Awareness seminar at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children. In attendance were 17 representatives from The Africa Gender Institute (AGI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and 20 other guests from a various organisations and interest groups.

The seminar included presentations by 4 transgender people at different stages in their transition and with unique experiences. They told of their experiences and challenges they have to face as transgender people.

The seminar was wrapped up by Ronald Addinall from UCT with a very direct and concise explanation of the phenomenon of transgenderism and the reasons why each of the panellists experiences their own unique Gender identity.

The feedback from the delegates was very positive and many indicated that they had learned so much from the seminar.

Comments from some of the delegates:
“The workshop gave a human face to the stories and that is crucial. Transgender people need support and love, not hate”.

Monica Mbaru from IGLHRC said:”This is the most powerful awareness I have had on transgender”

Kumeshnee West from TIBB: “To the Gender DynamiX team, I wish you strength to continue you’re wonderful and ground breaking work”

Dr Clint Gould of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) stated that based on his years of work and experience he feels this workshop is ground breaking in its approach and methodology in shifting peoples perspectives on transgender issues.

World Congress on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity PDF Print E-mail

Paris, 15 May 2009

In conjunction with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) the French Government organized this congress. The congress was opened and chaired by Mrs Rama Yade, Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, responsible for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights in the French Government. The opening plenary was addressed by ministers from a number of European and African nations and well respected queer human rights activists.

The congress then split into the following 4 round table discussion groups:

  1. Progress and challenges towards universal decriminalisation.
  2. How can States and civil society cooperate to fight against human rights violations against LGBT people?
  3. The respect of the right to health of LGBT people
  4. Human Rights and Gender identity

Each round table had 3 sessions
ImageThe first session for round table 4 was about "Transphobia, today, everywhere" and was moderated by Sophie Lichten from GAYLIB. Presentations were made by experts such as Susan Stryker and Justus Eisfeld. Various people from around the world also spoke of the experiences of transgender people and how Transphobia affects them, even in countries with progressive laws and constitutions.

Caroline Bowley was invited to present a paper to round table 4, session 2, on "Legal Recognition and Human Rights". I presented the paper on the successes and problems transgender people experience with respect to getting their birth certificates changed and legal recognition of their new identity in South Africa. The session was moderated by Jane Thomas from Transgender EU and other presenters were Mauro Cabral (Mulabi, GATE), Tamara Adian and Sunil Pant(Nepalese Parliament, Blue Diamond Society).

The 3rd session was on "Promoting social change, granting rights". This covered issues of current possibilities and limits of Trans organizations around the world with respect to legality, validity and funding. Session was moderated by Judith Vreer and presentations done by Andres Rivera Duarte, Khartini Slamah and Belissa Andria Perez (Trans Secretariat ILGA World)

The final closing plenary was again chaired by Rama Yada and feedback was given from each of the round tables.

After the congress we were all invited to join Minister Rama Yada at her offices for drinks and a chance to network. I made contact with a number of people and one of these was a Norwegian activist who invited Gender DynamiX to attend and present at the Norwegian Film Festival in September 2009.

SA AIDS 2009 MSM Satellite Conference PDF Print E-mail

Research and Advocacy: Sharing the strength, bridging the gap

30 - 31 March 2009

Durban, South Africa

Gender DynamiX was invited to attend this conference and present a paper on the risks trans women, who are still "male bodied", have to face as they engage in sexual activities with men.

Many of the papers presented dealt with the findings of various research studies that had been done on men who have sex with men (MSM). Many of the studies had very varying results but one common thread was that MSM are the section of society that are most at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other STDs. The variation in statistics could be attributed to the differences in definitions and terms used during the surveys. A unified survey would have to have consensus on these terms.
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