TDOR and Social Dialogue Press Release

For immediate release:
20 November 2014

Social Dialogue on Transgender Learners in the South African Education System and Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Event.

On the 20th of November 2014, Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) and Iranti-org will be hosting a Social Dialogue on the challenges and lived realities of trans* and gender non-conforming learners in the South African education system. The dialogue will serve to raise awareness about issues of gender identity and its intersectionality with education, access to economic empowerment and transphobia.

The purpose of the national social dialogue is to promote engagement between representatives from government, civil society organisations, parents and trans* learners on the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and how to embrace diversity within schools. The dialogue seeks to promote visibility and transparency of the issues at hand and develop programmes and policies that are more inclusive to all learners

In 2014, more cases of human and civil rights violations against transgender learners were reported to TIA and Iranti-org, it is clear that transgender learners continue to face discrimination within the educational system and that these learners are not afforded the same amount of protection against bullying, harassment and discrimination in comparison to cisgender learners. The transgender community in South Africa remains one of the most economically disempowered populations in the country. Economic disempowerment can be linked to the significant school dropout rates among transgender persons; bullying, harassment and lack of understanding from teachers being the top reasons for dropping out.

The Social Dialogue will be held at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. After the dialogue, the two organisations will host a Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration event from 13:00 pm till 17:00 pm at the same venue. “A dialogue between the Department of Education and ourselves is long overdue. Our government has an opportunity to eradicate poverty and to improve our lives by ensuring that transgender and gender non conforming learners are not pushed out of the system. Gender affirming schools will mirror the constitutional mandate to protect all children.”-Jabu Pereira, Director of Iranti-org 

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

The 20th of November 2014 is the 16th international Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that is commemorated annually in more than 20 countries. The day is aimed at creating greater visibility and raising public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. TDOR fosters a space for mourning and remembering lives lost as a result of hate, transphobia and various other acts of violence.

Transgender Europe’s Trans Monitoring Project report for 2014 revealed that 226 transgender people were murdered worldwide in the past 12 months. The findings of the report are disturbing as it reveals that most of the killings took place in countries that have the most progressive civil rights. There continues to be lack of data from many African countries, 9 killings of transgender people have been reported in 4 African countries, submission of data is closely linked to countries with strong trans* movements and professional monitoring.

South Africa voted in favour of the SOGI resolution that was adopted by the UN in September 2014 and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development launched an LGBTI programme that aims to address hate crimes against the LGBTI community that have shocked the country in recent years. It is therefore imperative that civil society, government and the private sector invest in more effective and efficient ways of monitoring violence against transgender people and in findings ways to prevent the continued discrimination, harassment and attacks on transgender bodies.

We cannot honestly say that violence against transgender people is decreasing in South Africa, what we know is that cases are not being reported and that transgender people are often labelled as gay or lesbian which makes it even more difficult to collect trans* specific data that is connected to violence. Civil Society and government need to find ways to ensure that cases are reported and that justice is upheld in those instances. TIA and Iranti-org will be in solidarity with countless other trans* organisations and groups around the world to commemorate TDOR and raise awareness about violence on transgender bodies, we will also speak out against institutional violence that trans* people continue to face in South Africa”– says Nthabiseng Mokoena, Programs and Staff Management Director, TIA

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CONTACT:

Tshepang Magadenisa (TIA)     tshepimag.tia@gmail.com         +27783038049

Legoete KK (Iranti-org)             legoetek@gmail.com                 +27783763571

 

About TIA

TIA was founded in 2010 and focuses on transgender and intersex issues in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. TIA seeks to break the silence and stop the ignorance surrounding the existence of the black transgender and intersex people in African communities and bring knowledge of applicable terminologies and a better understanding of transgender and intersex

About IRANTI-ORG

Iranti-Org is an African visual media organisation established in 2012. It works within a human rights framework to raise issues of sexual orientation and gender identities. To date, Iranti-org has documented hate crimes and human rights violations in the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng provinces. Iranti-org has also set up the African Queer Media Makers Network, which seeks to build the media making capacity of LGBTI activists in southern Africa. www.iranti-org.co.za

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Social dialogue and TDOR Agenda

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Social Dialogue on Trans* Learners in the South African Educational System

INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE (TDoR):

20 November 2014

Where:     Women’s Jail, Constitutional Hill Precinct, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

 on:            Thursday 20 November 2014

 from:         Social Dialogue 09h00 – 13h00 (registration 08h00-08h50)

TDOR Commemoration : 14h00-17h00

Transgender and gender non-conforming learners in South Africa are experiencing discrimination and find themselves being ridiculed, taunted and shamed, often by those in positions of power. In response to and addressing the issues of the trans* learners in schools, TIA and Iranti-org are hosting a national social dialogue on the issues affecting these pupils.

The purpose of the national social dialogue is to promote engagement between representatives from government, civil society organisations, parents and trans* learners on the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and how to embrace diversity in schools. The dialogue seeks to promote visibility and transparency of the issues at hand and develop programmes and policies that are more inclusive to all learners.

 PROGRAMME

Facilitator: Jabulani Pereira, Director at Iranti-org

09:00           Welcome by Snowy Mamba, Outreach Officer at Transgender                            Intersex Africa (TIA)

09:15           Keynote address – Yasmin Sooka, Foundation for Human Rights

09:30           Q&A

10:00           Panel of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Learners

  • Case of Nare Mphela, Limpopo
  • ‘Tshepo’- Gauteng
  • Tembisa Gender non Conforming learners
  • Tshego Phala, attorney Webber, Wentzel Bowens.

10:30           Department of Education

12:45           Dialogue, Q&A

13:00           Wrap up and vote of thanks

Lunch

14h30 – 17h00 Transgender Voice in Action
–      Open mic session
–      Cultural performances
–      Poetry
–      Commemoration and Remembrance of Transpersons – A Shrine of Remembrance.

About TIA

TIA was founded in 2010 and focuses on transgender and intersex issues in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. TIA seeks to break the silence and stop the ignorance surrounding the existence of the black transgender and intersex people in African communities and bring knowledge of applicable terminologies and a better understanding of transgender and intersexuality. www.transgenderintersexafrica.org.za

About IRANTI-ORG

Iranti-Org is an African visual media organisation established in 2012. It works within a human rights framework to raise issues of sexual orientation and gender identities. To date, Iranti-org has documented hate crimes and human rights violations in the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng provinces. Iranti-org has also set up the African Queer Media Makers Network, which seeks to build the media making capacity of LGBTI activists in southern Africa. www.iranti-org.co.za

Schools should gender affirming NOT gender fearing.

END transphobia in schools.

CONTACT:
Tshepang Magadenisa (TIA)        tshepimag.tia@gmail.com     0783038049
Legoete KK (Iranti-org)              legoetek@gmail.com                  0783763571

 

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Press Release for Intersex Awareness

For Immediate Release 

07 November 2014

The 26th of October 2014 was International Intersex Awareness Day, a day that is commemorated annually; as a result, the months of October and November are used to create greater visibility and awareness around intersex issues, challenges and experiences. On the 8th of November 2014, Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) will host a public event at Constitutional Hill, the current home of the South African Constitutional Court. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness on intersex issues in South Africa and sensitise the public on the realities and lived experiences of intersex people.

The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000, states that no person should be unfairly discriminated on the grounds of sex, which includes intersex. The Act also goes on to say that no person may unfairly discriminate against any other person on the ground of gender, one of the forms of discrimination being Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It is clear that South Africa has taken a step in the right direction by including intersex within anti-discrimination policy and by speaking out against Female Genital Mutilation. Even though legislation is in place to protect intersex people, the protection remains only on paper, intersex people continue to face multi-faceted forms of discrimination and hate. The PEPUDA act should be followed by regulations and guidelines on how intersex people are going to be protected by the state; it is no use to have progressive legislation but no progressive and realistic implementation of the law.

The State has taken a great step by speaking out against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) but it is discouraging that the state has not yet spoken out against Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM). Intersex people, especially children continue to be the subjects of unnecessary, irreversible and non-consensual surgical procedures form the medical sector.  IGM is often ignored by policy makers because it often takes place within hospitals, with doctors and parents consenting to it. Regardless of the fact that this form genital mutilation takes place within academic Western medical settings, it does not excuse the fact that it is a human rights violation; it does not allow intersex persons to have ownership over their bodies, to make decisions that are respectful of their body, autonomy and maintain bodily integrity. TIA is not against necessary medical intervention on intersex children in instances when the immediate health of the child is at risk, what is still needed in South Africa are clear and comprehensive guidelines and policies on intersex people’s health and rights so that they can make decisions that affect their health and lives without force or coercion.

We recognise the fact that some doctors are starting to advocate for non-surgical procedures when dealing with intersex children and they realise that early and unnecessary surgical intervention can have fatal consequences on the physical and psychological health of the child. We urge the health and medical sector to invest in providing accurate, human-rights based and respectful information to the parents of intersex children, as parents often opt for surgery because of the lack of knowledge, support and positive information that does not pathologize intersex and does not promote it as a negative condition that needs to be fixed. We need to ensure that the personal, free and fully informed consent of the intersex individuals are a compulsory requirement in all medical practices and protocols.

Transgender and intersex Africa urges other civil society organisations to take on board intersex rights, in their human rights work. We also urge regional human rights institutions to address the human rights of intersex people, and most importantly we urge government to affirm the rights of intersex people.

We realize that there has been a significant growth of intersex work on the African continent, we therefore urge more intersex people to be visible and to be more involved within the intersex movement.

It is encouraging to see that intersex human rights are becoming part of the global human rights conversation. We need to keep the momentum going by involving more intersex people within this conversation; we need to become more visible, change is not going to happen if society does not know that we exist. The South African government should also take up the responsibility to ensure that all its citizens are protected, including intersex citizens, by ensuring that we put an end to mutilating and normalizing practices such as genital surgeries and unnecessary hormonal treatment on intersex children, the state should ensure that intersex people’s civil, political and human rights are affirmed” says Nthabiseng Mokoena from Transgender and Intersex Africa.

 “It is time that our medical professionals acknowledge that intersex traits are not abnormalities that need to be fixed. The intersex community forms part of human diversity. Intersex people continue to be a marginalized group and the most vulnerable because society is not prepared to move from social constructions and norms that are not inclusive of gender and sex diversity. Not everyone will fit the stereotypical gender binary. It is time that we all start celebrating diversity in all its forms “says Tebogo Nkoana from Transgender and Intersex Africa.

 For more information contact:

Tshepang Magendisa

Admin and Communications Officer

Transgender and Intersex Africa

+27127972612

Tshepimag.tia@gmail.com

 

 

 

TIA invites you to the Intersex Awareness event

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Intersex is still considered a taboo in most of our communities, intersex people’s lives and realities are often misunderstood and treated as a subject not to be talked about. In the age of democracy and respect for the lives of medical patients, intersex people still face mutilation of their bodies, often without their consent or under coercion.

Parents of intersex children are often not given enough information to allow them to make sound decisions that are truly in the best interest of their child, medicine continues to “own” intersex bodies and identities. Join Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) on the 8th of November as we break the silence and taboo surrounding intersex people’s lives. On the day we will also be commemorating the life and work of intersex activist Sally Gross, founder of Intersex Society of South Africa (ISSA) who passed away in February 2014.

Venue: Constitutional Hill

Time: 11: 00 am till 2:00 pm

We will be screening the world acclaimed Intersex feature film “Intersexions”

Refreshments will be served on the day.

RSVP at tshepimag.tia@gmail.com

Cape Town declaration on gender incongruency in childhood

The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, convened by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, will take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

As in previous years, on this day and throughout October, activist groups from different world regions will organize demonstrations and other actions demanding trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2014 Call to Action is:  Stop Trans Pathologization – Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood – For the Diversity of Gender Expressions and Identities.

Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA)  supports efforts to stop pathologisation of gender diversity in childhood. Please read the Cape Town declaration which was drafted by a number of transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex focused health practitioners, advocates, activists, researchers, parents and members of the transgender community collectively representing over 11 countries during the Trans* Health, Advocacy  and Research Conference in Cape Town, 30th May to 2 June, 2014.

The Declaration addresses WHO ICD-11 proposals for a pathologising diagnosis for gender diversity in childhood, and calls upon WHO to discard the current Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood diagnosis and refrain from replacing it with any new pathologising diagnosis, including the proposed Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC) diagnosis.

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Transilience Project by SHE

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Please help the Social, Health & Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (SHE) collect data on the lived experiences and realities of transgender women in South Africa.  SHE is currently collecting data for their Transilience Project

Violence begins in different and complex situations which are triggered by social and personal factors such as abuse of alcohol& drugs, anger, bullying or person being disrespected and by gender inequalities. One of the most prevalent forms of violent against transgender women in South Africa, is physical violence, although many other forms of violence have been documented. Lately, SHE has also started addressing the “silent” violence that transgender women experience in health, justice and other government systems. The lack of appropriate HIV programming for transgender women in South Africa is an act of violence, given the rate at which transgender women succumb to HIV/Aids.

The objectives of the Transilience Project for Transgender Women in South Africa are:

  • To highlight the human rights violations committed against transgender women in South Africa;
  • To disseminate information and findings of the project among relevant stakeholders;
  • To create strategies to prevent and combat violence targeted at transgender women in South Africa;
  • To create tools to advocate for the human rights of transgender women in South Africa.

If you are a transgender woman in South Africa, help SHE collect us much data as possible for this advocacy effort. You can fill out the form below and share it with as many transgender women as possible.

TIA Regional Summit Report

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On the 15th to the 17th August Transgender and Intersex Africa(TIA) hosted a regional advocacy and capacity building Summit in Johannesburg,activists from Zambia.Namibia,Botswana,Lesotho,Zimbabwe and South Africa partook in the event.

The objectives of the summit were outlined as follows

  • Report and review advocacy gaps within the transgender movement in policy and programming in Southern Africa.
  • Identify challenges, strategies and best practices regarding to advocacy and related operational or implementation plans and consider effective ways to address transgender issues in the Region.
  • Build the capacity of transgender and intersex activists and organisations to carry out their advocacy plans effectively
  • Provide a safe space for knowledge sharing, information exchange and networking.
  • Identify opportunities, consolidate and build on-going country work by defining advocacy agenda to address transgender issues

Please see the summit report that is attached below.

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Transgender woman gets justice

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After much struggle with the Department of Home Affairs, we are delighted to announce that Nadia Swanepoel’s name and gender identity have been changed in the population register. Nadia had undertaken a hunger strike to protest against the injustice she had suffered from Home Affairs as she had been struggling for over 3 years to receive an identity document that reflects her gender identity. She has been assured by the department of Home Affairs that she will receive her temporary Identity Document on the 13th of October 2014. They have also amended her marital status from Civil Union to a heterosexual identified marriage according to the Marriage Act.

Transgender and Intersex Africa salutes Nadia for her bravery and for helping to raise awareness about the systematic injustice within Home Affairs that continues to make the lives of transgender and intersex people in South Africa difficult.

Please read the press statement by Gender DynamiX, SHE, Iranti-Org and TIA on this issue.

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Programs Officer Vacancy

Programs officer vacancy

Closing date for applications: 15 October 2014

TIA is currently seeking a Programs officer; commencement of work is November 2014

About us

Transgender and Intersex Africa is a human right organisation found in 2010 by transgender activist, Tebogo Nkoana. We are a registered as a non-profit organisation that lobbying and advocating for the rights of black trans and intersex persons in South Africa and are slowly engaging on a regional level. Our long term goal is to increase the quality and accessibility of comprehensive healthcare for rural and township based transgender and intersex persons in South Africa and to also ensure visibility and gender recognition of transgender and intersex people through a human rights frame work.

Our long term outcomes are:
• To enforce trans healthcare within primary health services in South Africa
• To ensure the recognition of trans and intersex health needs within the national department of health.
• A national HIV response that is inclusive of trans health needs, vulnerability and issues.
• Simple accessibility to gender marker changes within Identity documents though provisions made available by act 49 of 2003.
• A raised positive profile of trans and intersex issues among cultural, traditional and religious groups though outreach activities and campaigns and media.
• To ensure a human rights sensitive approach to intersex health care

Requirements

• Ability to administer programs and initiatives
• 3 years experience of working in LGBT sector or gender related sector
• Report writing
• Facilitation skills
• Group management
• Team building skills
• Analytical and problem solving skills
• Decision making skills
• Effective verbal, presentation and listening communications skills
• Effective written communications skills
• Computer literacy
• Time management skills
• Flexible
Duties

• Consult with our constituency and TIA staff to identify program needs
• Develop long range plans, programs and strategies
• Monitor programs and activities to ensure they meet stated goals
• Assist with program evaluations and updates to programs
• Act as a resource about program development and initiatives
• Collect and analyze information and data for report
• Prepare briefing notes, reports and presentations as required
• Provide advice to senior officials concerning relevant issues
• Develop policies, guidelines, standards and reporting systems
• Review existing programs
• Adapt existing programs as required
• Research new programs
• Design and develop new programs
• Design program components
• Make recommendations about adapting programs to meet unique needs
• Research training needs
• Research training options
• Develop and deliver required training
• Evaluate programs and components
• Prepare and distribute program information and opportunities
• Identify potential funding sources
• Assist with proposal preparations
• Monitor that proposal requirements are being met
• Monitor budgets

Please send a copy of your CV and supporting documents to our Administration and Communication officer Tshepang Maganedisa at tshepimag.tia@gmail.com .Please use “programs officer vacancy” as the email subject line

Outreach officer vacancy

Outreach officer vacancy

Closing date for applications: 15 October 2014

TIA is currently seeking an Outreach officer; commencement of work is November 2014

About us

Transgender and Intersex Africa is a human right organisation found in 2010 by transgender activist, Tebogo Nkoana. We are a registered as a non-profit organisation that lobbying and advocating for the rights of black trans andintersex persons in South Africa and are slowly engaging on a regional level. Our long term goal is to increase the quality and accessibility of comprehensive healthcare for rural and township based transgender and intersex persons in South Africa and to also ensure visibility and gender recognition of transgender and intersex people through a human rights frame work.

Our long term outcomes are:
• To enforce trans healthcare within primary health services in South Africa
• To ensure the recognition of trans and intersex health needs within the national department of health.
• A national HIV response that is inclusive of trans health needs, vulnerability and issues.
• Simple accessibility to gender marker changes within Identity documents though provisions made available by act 49 of 2003.
• A raised positive profile of trans and intersex issues among cultural, traditional and religious groups though outreach activities and campaigns and media.
• To ensure a human rights sensitive approach to intersex health care

Job purpose
To support implementation of outreach and advocacy projects, with particular responsibilities for supporting transgender and intersex individuals

Key working relationships:
Advocacy Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
Programs Officer

Duties and responsibilities:

• Organising and facilitating workshops;
• Managing individual fieldwork schedules;
• Providing fieldwork progress updates on a weekly & monthly basis;
• Write reports on fieldwork activities;
• Assist constituencies via email and also on a face to face basis.

Requirements

Good understanding of transgender and intersex issues
Minimum 2 years’ experience working on programmes or projects related to civil society policy engagement
Strong understanding of programme design and logical frameworks, including links between objectives, activities and budgets.
Ability to engage on social media, ensuring communication and feedback about our work and projects
Commitment to and experience of working within diverse teams or networks.
Excellent communication skills in English and the proven ability to write effectively for different purposes, including programme reports and summaries, news updates and advocacy briefings.
Excellent interpersonal skills over email, telephonic skills and the ability to work well with others, as well as remotely.
Strong ability to plan, organise and prioritise work, and the ability to meet tight deadlines under pressure.
Willingness to work flexibly, including additional hours on an exceptional basis at peak times, and to undertake significant travel
Good understanding of South Africa’s gender identity policy issues.
Ability to work in at least one South Africa’s official languages except English.
Experience in designing or delivering training and/or capacity-building materials.
Experience of support monitoring, evaluation & learning activities, including online monitoring and reporting systems.
Experience of events management.
Experience of working with civil society campaigning networks and coalitions, and understanding of the dynamics including communication, coordinated action and campaigns.

Please send a copy of your CV and supporting documents to our Administration and Communication officer Tshepang Maganedisa at tshepimag.tia@gmail.com .Please use “outreach officer vacancy” as the email subject line