Botswana

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2011 — Trans Woman Tshepo Ricki Kgositau Sues the State for the Right to Gender Marker Change, Botswana

Batswana trans woman, Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, applied to the Civil and National Registration office in Gaborone, Botswana to change her documentation in the national register from male to female in 2011. She argued that the State has a duty to realise the constitutional protection of rights and amend her Omang (identity document), as “her birth-assigned …

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August 2007 — IAAF Requires Gender Verification Tests for Botswana Athlete

Gold medallist Paralympian, Tshotlego* Morama (now Paul Morama) from Botswana underwent gender verification tests in August 2007 after a win in the 800m and 400m races at the Africa Senior Championships in Mozambique. There had already been a media spectacle in Botswana over Morama’s gender/sex (these two terms are used synonymously in Botswana) as Morama …

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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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