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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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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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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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Landmark Victory in High Court for Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA), Kenya

In a historic court battle initiated in 2013, Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) won a landmark case in Kenya’s High Court on 23 July 2014. After being denied the right to register as an NGO, the organisation sued the Kenyan NGO Coordination Board for discrimination and violation of their fundamental human rights. In his ruling, …

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Declaration on Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC), South Africa

The Cape Town Declaration on Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC) was publicly released, requesting the removal of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnoses that pathologise gender diversity in children and youth. The Declaration was issued by a working group of 40 delegates from 11 countries who met on 2 June 2014 …

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2nd Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference, South Africa

Trans and Intersex Africa (TIA), Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E), and Gender DynamiX (GDX) hosted the 2nd Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference in Cape Town, South Africa between 31 May and 2 June 2014. This was the largest conference in the series to date and …

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The Transgender Network of Liberia (TNOL) Founded, Liberia

The Transgender Network of Liberia (TNOL) was founded by Karishma Richards-Kwofie in 2014. The organisation was initially under the umbrella of Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL). When TNOL sought registration status as a legal entity in order to rent office space, open a bank account, and apply for funding at the Liberia Business Registry, their …

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Third International Intersex Forum

The Third International Intersex Forum took place 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 drafted and finalised by …

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