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20 December 2019 – Initiative Of Trans With A Mission-Uganda (ITWAM) Founded, Uganda

The Initiative of Trans with a Mission-Uganda (ITWAM) was founded by Gafidyn Rae Wesonga and a few other members of the trans community on 20 December 2019 (names withheld for safety reasons). They’re a rural, indigenous, non-hierarchical, trans-feminist, youth-led community-based organization. ITWAM’s primary focus areas include: ITWAM works towards advancing equity, equality, and the quality …

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Birth of the African Intersex Movement Network

June 2019 – The birth of the African Intersex Movement (AIM), Kenya

In 2019, a historic moment unfolded as 21 African Intersex human rights defenders from across the African continent convened in Kenya under the theme “Visibility…. Voice…. Freedom”, from the 19th to the 21st of June to establish the African Intersex Movement (AIM). The landmark initiative aimed at sharing information, skills and resources while advancing the …

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2018 – Groupe d’action féministe Maroc (GAFM), Founded – Morocco

Groupe d’action féministe Moroc (GAFM) was founded in 2018, aspiring to work to eliminate gender expression-based violence through an intersectional and feminist self-defence method. The group is led by trans, non-binary people and is community-specific. GAFM aims to promote feminist self-defence as a means of emancipation through sharing information, establishing contact, creating actions and exchanging …

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July 2016 – Founding of East Africa Trans Health And Advocacy Network (EATHAN)

July 2016 – The East Africa Trans Health and Advocacy Network (EATHAN) was formed as a network of trans-diverse activists & organisations in East Africa working to improve the livelihoods of gender-diverse persons in East Africa. Member organisations represent 25 activist and trans community organisations across Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. EATHAN’s mission is …

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Publication of “Ending Pathological Practices Against Trans and Intersex Bodies in Africa”

South Africa’s Iranti, as well as the Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Stop Trans Pathologization 2012 (STP) (PDF) team, and Transgender Europe (TGEU), hosted a workshop to share knowledge and learning and to form advocacy strategies against the pathologisation of trans and intersex people in Africa based on the …

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April 2016 – Synergy Trans Benin Founded, Benin

April 2016 – Synergy Trans* Benin was established as the first national organisation in Benin, intervening for the rights and development of trans people in the country. They are campaigning to increase the visibility of the needs and realities experienced in Black communities of French-Africa ( – Francophone Africa). The Executive Director for Synergy Trans* …

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Founding of Wings to Transcend Namibia (WTTN),  Namibia

Jholerina  B Timbo founded Wings to Transcend Namibia (WTTN) in October 2015. The organisation’s mission reads: “Wings To Transcend Namibia will be a champion and pioneer that works for social reform, legal gender recognition, and medical justice, through leadership development and empowering of transgender individuals and communities while lobbying local government, civil society and policymakers …

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August 2015 – An Intersex Report is Launched in East Africa

Intersex genital Mutilation (IGM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Both a form of societal control In August 2015, a report on violations to children and people born intersex or with differences of sex development was launched in an East African country airing the most revolting abuses and violations that intersex people experience.  The highlight of …

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Trans Wellness Project Founded, South Africa

Protea Psychosocial Support Project for Transgender People (PPSTP) was officially registered in August 2015. It would change its name to the Trans Wellness Project (TWP) in 2016 during its first Strategic Planning session, which included board and community members. Formed by former Gender DynamiX (GDX) staff member, Whitney Quanita Booysen, TWP focuses on trans and …

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2015 – Trans* Research, Education, Advocacy & Training [TREAT] Founded, Zimbabwe

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 …

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High Court Orders Removal of Gender Marks and Name Change in Academic Certificates, Kenya

Kenya’s High Court issued a ruling compelling the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to issue Audrey Mbugua with a new certification with her new name and without a gender mark after she filed a case in March 2013 through the Transgender and Education Advocacy (TEA).   The Court observed that “Human dignity is that intangible element …

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Constitutional Court Dismisses the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda

On 1 August 2014, the Uganda constitutional court dismissed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which had caused controversy both in Uganda and across the world.   The court ruled that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was null and void, citing procedural irregularities during its passage and asserting the vote cast on the Bill in Parliament technically lacked the necessary quorum to have …

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