Between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017, more than 325 transgender people were murdered around the world. This statistic is incomplete and the total number who have passed away due to illness, suicide and other factors may never be known.
For #TDOR Iranti looks back at just a few of those who were close to our organisation and our team, to remember them and remind ourselves why we continue this work.
Intersex Day of Solidarity occurs every year on 8 November, and so Iranti joined with Intersex South Africa, a newly relaunched organisation advocating for the rights of intersex persons, to look at what it means to be born outside of the gender-binary.
Intersex persons may have any of a range of variations in genitals, gonads, sex-chromasomes or hormone levels. This natural variation often results in non-consensual surgery on intersex newborns, infanticide or lifelong stigma.
Representatives from ISSA thus speak out here, about their experiences and hopes for the future of intersex persons in South Africa.
Intersex Rights in Rural Settings: The first dialogue of its kind in South Africa
By Kellyn Botha and Joshua Sehoole
Healthcare workers, traditional healers and community representatives from across rural South Africa attended the dialogue on intersex rights, many in traditional clothing to signal the importance of African culture and tradition during the meeting. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
In honour of Intersex Awareness day, a dialogue took place on Monday 23 October 2017 to discuss ‘Intersex Human Rights in Rural and Traditional Settings’, co-hosted by Iranti, Intersex South Africa (ISSA) and the Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities’ (CRL) Rights Commission.
The meeting, chaired by Obed Semono of the CRL, saw 41 stakeholders come together from a diversity of backgrounds. ANC representatives, community healthcare workers and traditional healers joined with representatives from CRL, Iranti and the newly re-launched Intersex South Africa (ISSA), to find a way forward with regard to the severe human rights violations which continue to take place against intersex persons, specifically infants and children, in rural and traditional settings.
Intersex people are born with sex characteristics, such as chromosomes, gonads or genitals that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Read more...
Statement on the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2017
South Africa, 21 October 2017
The signatories of this Statement are activists representing different trans regional networks and international initiatives. This year, the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization has a particular relevance for all our communities around the world: the largely due process of revision and reform of the tenth version of International Classification of Diseases will be completed next year. We expect the World Health Assembly to pass a new ICD (called ICD-11) in June 2018.
The Sun Sets, a new Horizon beckons The end of Mugabe’s rule
Zimbabwe, 22 November 2017
GALZ receives the news of the resignation of Robert Mugabe with much jubilation. Since 1995 GALZ has been on the receiving end of the brutality and hate of Robert Mugabe’s aversion to diversity. We are ecstatic that the face of brutality, hate and impunity has resigned. Read the full press statement...
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“JUST LIKE US: CONSTELLATIONS”
By Eric Gyamfi
Eric Gyamfi, Untitled from "Just Like Us," 2016-17.
Date: WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 18.30 Venue: GOETHE-INSTITUT, 119 JAN SMUTS AVE, PARKWOOD
“Just Like Us: Constellations” is a series of photographs by Ghanaian photographer Eric Gyamfi. It began as a portrait of the quieter side of queer life in his home country, where the project sought to encourage open dialogue about the presence of non-heteronormative members in society and the important role that they play in constructing the national social fabric. Read more...
ISLA and CHESA joint statement on that status of the Tanzania 13, 26/10/2017
South Africa, 26 October 2017
It will be recalled that a legal consultation convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and Community Health Education Services and Advocacy (CHESA) was raided by Tanzanian police on Tuesday 17 October 2017. The consultation was convened in order to get more instructions and evidence on a case that was planned to be filed before a court. The case concerns a challenge to government’s decision to limit the provision of certain health services that it had previously provided. Thirteen people were arrested and by Wednesday 18 October 2017, all were granted bail. On Friday 20 October 2017, bail was revoked without explanation and they were placed in police custody. To date, no charges have been brought. In the circumstances, they are being arbitrarily detained. Read the full statement...