Conferences

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Birth of the African Intersex Movement Network

June 2019 — The Birth of the African Intersex Movement (AIM), Kenya

In June 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 …

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23 April 2017 — Fourth International Intersex Forum

The Fourth International Intersex Forum was held between the 20th and 23rd of April 2017 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It was the largest intersex human rights meeting up to that date, with 40 representatives across all regions, including Africa. Intersex human rights issues such as infanticide, intersex genital mutilation and other harmful medical practices, lack …

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1 December 2013 — Third International Intersex Forum

The Third International Intersex Forum took place on 29 November 2013 in Valletta, Malta and concluded on 1 December 2013. With the initial 3 principles decided on at the first Forum, and then extended during the second Forum, the ongoing work document evolved into the Malta Declaration at this third Forum.  The Malta Declaration was …

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December 2012 — Second International Intersex Forum

The International Intersex Forum had its second gathering in Stockholm, Sweden December 2012. As with the first Forum in 2011, intersex activists from all continents attended. The previous Forum’s 3 principles were expanded to 7 and read as follows: Another outcome of the Forum was the open letter that was drafted by Hilda Viloria, the …

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September 2011 — African Presence at the First International Intersex Forum

The first International Intersex Forum took place in Belgium in September 2011. 24 Activists representing 17 intersex organisations from all continents were present, including Intersex Society South Africa (ISSA)’s Sally Gross, who was also the correspondent for Africa. The Forum concluded with 3 main goals: 

2011 — Changes Introduced to the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, Africa

Due to the way in which participants had progressed and excelled beyond the current format of the workshops, in 2011 the host’s Gender DynamiX (GDX) and their partner organisation in East Africa, decided to reassess the format of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme for 2012 and onwards.  Initially envisioned …

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May 2011 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 2, Part 1, Uganda

The first part of the second year of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, hosted by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation from East Africa, took place in Uganda in May 2011. This was a watershed workshop as the number of activists, who numbered 16 the year before, grew …

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September 2010 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 2, South Africa

In September 2010, the second part of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme hosted by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation in East Africa* was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The Programme achieved two tangible and practical results. The first was that the 16 activists finalised the details …

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June 2010 — First Lusophone Trans Workshop, Mozambique

For the first time on the African continent, a Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) trans workshop was presented in June 2010 by IGLHRC (the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, today known as OutRight International) and Gender DynamiX (GDX) in Maputo, Mozambique. Due to language barriers, it is extremely difficult to establish networks in Mozambique and Angola …

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June 2010 — First Inter-Continental Trans and Intersex Advocacy Meeting

June 2010 — First Inter-Continental Trans and Intersex Advocacy Meeting Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE) organised the first of its kind, international trans and intersex advocacy meeting in Barcelona, Spain, with participants from all regions and all continents in June 2010. The meeting consisted of 2 parts. June 1–3 was the Trans* Action = …

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May 2010 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 1, Namibia

May 2010 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 1 The first part of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, hosted by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation from East Africa, was launched in Namibia in May 2010. It was with great …

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December 2008 — Eastern and Southern African Trans/Gender Identity Institute, South Africa

In December 2008, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), today known as OutRight International, and Gender DynamiX (GDX) hosted the historical Eastern and Southern African Trans/Gender Identity Institute. 16 Trans and intersex activists from 9 African countries attended the meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. This was the first ever trans and …

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August 2008 — First Trans and Intersex African Presentations at the Gender Odyssey Conference and University of Washington

Gender Dynamix (GDX)’s Tebogo Nkoana and Liesl Theron delivered presentations at the Gender Odyssey Conference in August 2008. The proposals were accepted and Liesl, who was already in previous contact with the University of Washington Associate Professor, Amanda Lock Swarr, reached out to explore the possibility of presenting at the University while they were in …

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17 April 2008 — Global Dialogue on Transgender Rights

The African Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC) invited Liesl Theron, as director of Gender DynamiX (GDX), to be their guest on 17 April 2008 at the “Beginning of a Global Dialogue on Transgender Rights” discussion. The meeting took place in New York and was hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The paper …

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26 February 2008 — “Understanding Transgender” Presentation to the Coalition of African Lesbians at Feminist Institute, Mozambique

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) Feminist Institute in Maputo, Mozambique invited Gender DynamiX (GDX) to do a presentation on “Understanding Transgender” on 26 February 2008. This request was a result of the raised interest in trans understanding in Africa after the ARC International conference just two months prior. GDX decided to diversify the newly …

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December 2007 — First African ARC International Conference, South Africa

Gender DynamiX (GDX) attended the ARC International conference in Johannesburg in December 2007. This was the first time that ARC held a conference in Africa, and it was at this conference that many self-identified trans people from other countries and trans-African activists met in person. This conference played a significant role in the preliminary understanding …

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May 2007 — ILGA Establishes an Affiliate Pan African Organisation, South Africa

In May 2007, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) hosted a conference in Johannesburg with the aim of establishing an organisation affiliated with them on the African continent — a Pan Africa ILGA (PAI). Background The African caucus had to determine the ILGA-Africa constitution and one of the decisions was to establish the Pan …

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2007 — Formation of Rainbow Identity Association (RIA), Botswana

Skipper Mogapi and a handful of self-identified trans and intersex persons formed a support group in Botswana in 2007 that would later be known as the Rainbow Identity Association (RIA). The founding of RIA was a result of the influence of the awareness raised at the ARC International conference in Johannesburg in December 2007 and …

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