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