After the incident that Rikki Nathanson experienced in 2014 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe was arrested under charges such as criminal nuisance for using the “wrong” bathrooms – she realized a huge gap due to the general public’s ignorance and miseducation about gender, transgender and gender diverse people. 

Founded by Rikki Nathanson, The Trans* Research, Education, advocacy and Training (TREAT) was the first trans-led, and gender-diverse focussed organisation in Zimbabwe. TREAT’s mission is to inform and transform attitudes and address injustice and inequalities faced by the Trans diverse population in Zimbabwe. Rikki relocated to the US, claiming asylum.  Sam Ndluvo has been the Executive Director of TREAT since 2019.