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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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September 2016 — Parliamentarian Pushes for Third Gender, Kenya

In September 2016, Isaac Mwaura, a Kenyan Parliamentarian, wanted the Kenyan Parliament to pass the option of a third gender into Kenyan law in order to legally recognise intersex people. Mwaura also asked for public funding for gender-affirming surgeries and a public awareness campaign to end the stigmatisation of intersex people. Read more here.

November 2014 — High Court Rules in Favour of Trans Woman in Case Against Kenya National Examination Council, Kenya

In November 2014, trans woman Audrey Mbugua won the case taken to the Kenyan High Court in March 2013 Audrey Mbugua (JR Case No. 147 of 2013) to compel the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to change the name on her high school diploma. She also sought the removal of the male sex marker on …

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7 October 2014 — High Court Orders Removal of Gender Marks and Recognition of Name Change on Academic Certificates, Kenya

Kenya’s High Court issued a ruling on 7 October 2014 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 trans rights NGO, Transgender and Education Advocacy (TEA).   The Court observed …

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23 July 2014 — 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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10 July 2014 — Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA) Files Civil Application for Judicial Review of Medical Guidelines for Trans People, Kenya 

Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA) filed a judicial review application to the Kenyan High Court on 10 July 2014 seeking an order to compel the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board, and the Ministry of Health to develop medical guidelines for the treatment of trans persons. This case was dismissed on 4 February 2015.

2014 — Malindi Desire Initiative (MDI) Founded, Kenya

Founded in Kenya in 2014, the Malindi Desire Initiative (MDI) began as a support group for transgender people living with HIV. The organisation was officially registered as an ITGNC organisation in 2016.  The Malindi Desire Initiative was born from the question, “How far are you willing to go for a community you love?” In answering …

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23 August 2013 — Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA) Sues State of Kenya and NGO Coordination Board, Kenya

On 23 August 2013 the board of Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA), comprising 3 trans Kenyans — Audrey Mbugua, Maureen Muia, and Annet Jennifer — sued the Kenyan State and the NGO Coordination Board for refusing to register TEA as an NGO. The State and the Board opposed the case, indicating that they could not …

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2013 and 2007 — Strategic Action Litigation (SAL): Legal Advocacy for Intersex Persons in Kenya

Strategic Action Litigation (SAL) is a process in Public Interest Law whereby members of a marginalised group deliberately and proactively take a test case to court for the purpose of establishing a positive legal precedent with legal implications that go beyond the immediate litigants. This specific kind of litigation aims to achieve broader social change. …

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14 June 2013 — High Court Upholds Trans Woman’s Human Rights Violation Petition, Kenya

On 14 June 2013, Kenya’s High Court upheld Batha Nthungi’s petition filed a year earlier, in which she declared that being stripped and physically assaulted by the Kenyan Police violated her human rights (A.N.N v Attorney General). The Court agreed that the stripping of her in the glare of the media was meant to humiliate …

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June 2013 — Non-Binary Street Performance by Neo Musangi in Nairobi, Kenya

In June 2013, Neo Musangi, a Kenyan non-binary artist and activist, performed publicly in front of the building of the Kenia National Archives. The aim of the performance was intended to dismantle the gender binary and create awareness about non-binary identities. In a street performance, as citizens looked on, Neo Musangi took the audience through …

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March 2013 — Trans Woman Files Case Against Kenya National Examination Council at High Court, Kenya

In March 2013 Audrey Mbugua, a trans woman, filed a case (JR Case No. 147 of 2013) at Kenya’s High Court to compel the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to change the name on her high school diploma. She also sought the removal of the male sex marker on her certificate. In November 2014, Mbugua …

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Transitioning Africa meets with Cloe Swenke

2012 — Transitioning Africa (TA) Meets with the USAID Africa Bureau, Kenya

The three directors of the Transitioning Africa (TA) coalition met in Nairobi with Dr Chloe Schwenke from the USAID Africa Bureau. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss support from the U.S. Agency that would culminate in an African Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans Persons, similar to the Blueprint in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Following the meeting, TA sent a letter to the USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development), with a proposal to form a partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). TA suggested that this proposed partnership would collectively work on developing a model appropriate to African realities, creating a Blueprint for Transgender and Intersex Health Care for sub-Saharan Africa.

27 May 2012 — Ushirikiano Panda Changes its Name to Jinsiangu, Kenya

Ushirikiano Panda, formed in December 2011, officially changed its name to Jinsiangu on 27 May 2012. The name Jinsiangu, comes from the two Swahili words, ‘jinsia’ and ‘yangu’, meaning ‘my gender’. Jinsiangu was established with the hopes of turning into a fully-fledged community-based organisation. Jinsiangu is committed to ITGNC-led, pro-humanity and pro-equality organising. Vision Diversity, Autonomy …

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