Gender DynamiX is proud to announce the 2nd Trans* Health and Advocacy Conference which will be held 31 May – 2 June 2014 in Cape Town. The theme for the conference is “Rooted in the Past; Reaching for the Future.” The conference will focus on the issues faced by transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming persons in the Southern African region. It presents an opportunity for researchers, organizations, health care professionals, and activists working with, in and for the trans* communities to come together and focus on past and current research in the field, best practices among practitioners and add to the meaningful data being used by activists and organisations to address the health and human rights concerns that trans* persons face.
The three day event will focus on three major themes:
– Trans*-affirming health services
– Sexual and reproductive health and rights
– Movement and community
These three themes will be address through different streams such as research, policy, activism, movement building, skills building, etc.
The three day event will seek to gather current best practices, knowledge, research, etc. and move towards further strengthening an African trans* movement, and work more effectively towards the rights of trans* communities in the region through sharing best practices and skills building. Furthermore, we are seeking to strengthen and increase the skills of healthcare workers in Southern Africa in terms of trans*-affirming healthcare; specifically we are aiming to provide skills building regarding psycho-social support, hormone, endocrine services, and surgery, as well as examining the challenges in providing primary care to trans* persons.
A call for abstracts will be sent out soon, and we are specifically looking for any research regarding the health and rights of trans* persons in Southern Africa; we are including in this any information that trans* organisations from the region have gathered while working in their communities, and are offering assistance with their abstracts.
Scholarships will be available to a limited number of participants, with priority given to trans* activists from Southern Africa; healthcare practitioners working with trans* persons in Southern Africa; and those who are presenting abstracts. The application process and deadline will be confirmed soon.
If you have any further questions email us at moc.liamgnull@ecnerefnocXDG, alternatively