Having been established in 2005, Gender DynamiX (GDX) is the first registered Africa-based public benefit organisation to focus solely on trans and gender diverse communities. What started as a mere vision, slowly grew into a grassroots organisation. GDX has since become an institutionalised non-profit organisation (NPO) that is fundamental to the development of the trans and gender diverse movement(s) in South Africa and across southern Africa.
Our key priority areas of work include:
Liberty Matthyse Executive Director of Gender Dynamix and Sanja Bornman from Lawyers for Human Rights discussed the implications of Jade September's legal win against the state to have her gender expression as a transperson within our prisons, respected and accommodated.
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The Department of Correctional Services received a tongue lashing for the way it has treated transgender prisoner Jade September in a Western Cape High Court ruling giving her the right to be called a woman in the men's prison she is being held in. 'Unlawful' treatment of transgender prisoner slammed in court judgment.
Court rules trans inmate Jade September be allowed to express her gender. Judge Chantal Fortuin found September's case amounted to unfair discrimination and ordered sensitisation training for all ...
Pretoria - In a huge victory for equality, transgender prisoner Jade September won the right to be express herself as a woman, although she is at present in a male prison. The Equality Court ...
This has been a momentous moment not only for an individual but for an entire community and region. Gender Dynamix would like to congratulate Rikki Nathanson on the massive victory achieved for trans and gender diverse persons against the Zimbabwean government.
GDX Statement on UGANDA AND LIBERIA
Violation of LGBTI rights
in Uganda and Liberia
In as much as there has been good developments and happenings in South Africa, we cannot ignore the contradictory scene happening in other African Countries. GDX is aware of the LGBTI persecution(s) taking place in Uganda and Liberia. As an organisation GDX is and continues to be aware of the LGBTI arrests taking place in Uganda, and the possible return of the Anti Homosexual Act, which will introduce the death penalty for LGBTI identify persons. The Ugandan government has announced that it plans to sentence to death persons participating in consensual same-sex relationships. Furthermore, there have also been attacks on LGBTI persons in Liberia which happened on the 10th of November 2019.
The American Film Showcase (AFS) is the State Department’s flagship film exchange program and is implemented by the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. AFS supports the exchange of U.S. films, filmmakers, and film experts in support of foreign policy priorities. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to support the 2020 American Film Showcase in South Africa, with a specific focus on the use of documentary film for conveying human rights messages.
GDX PRESS STATEMENT
Human Rights Council Renews the mandate of UN'S Independent Expert against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Gender DynamiX welcomes the Renewal mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for the next three years by the Human Rights Council. GDX would like to acknowledge and thank each state which voted for the mandate to be renewed and most importantly voting against 10 hostile amendments to the mandate. The mandate of the Independent Xxpert on the Protection Against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was established by the Human Rights Council resolution 32/2, adopted in 2016.
GDX PRESS STATEMENT
DISAPPOINTING RULING ON DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUALITY IN KENYA
The ruling of Kenya’s High Court on the decriminalisation of homosexuality on sections 162 and 165 of the country’s colonial-era Penal Code was much awaited by LGBT persons in Kenya, East Africa and the global community at large. However, the ruling has been, much to the dismay of LGBTQ communities in Kenya and elsewhere.
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UNAIDS and UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, are seriously concerned by new criminal law provisions that came into force yesterday, 3 April 2019, in Brunei Darussalam. The provisions, which impose the death penalty for same-sex sexual activity, adultery and for having a child outside of marriage, breach a number of international human rights norms, including the right to be free from torture and from cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment. The provisions will have a significant negative impact on overall health and well-being.
09 June 2019
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our dear comrade, friend and Board member Anne Hilton.
Anne passed away on Sunday 9 June 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She will be remembered for her passion and dedication as board member. Anne brought a wealth of knowledge and skills to Gender DynamiX. She was an ethical and caring leader and even during her time of illness she still contributed to Gender DynamiX.
Lesiba Mothibe, board member of Gender DynamiX stated: "It's sad to have lost a mentor and a board member. Condolences to the family and Kai. Anne will forever live in our hearts... She was an amazing Soul."
Anne Hilton was a trained professional nurse and held an Honours Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Natal, Durban. She worked as an independent consultant on gender justice and economic empowerment. She had worked for several years in the fields of entrepreneurship development, access to finance for the emerging business sector and reducing gender barriers in the economy. Anne also had experience working with gender-based violence survivors and issues impacting on the rights of the LGBTI community and SRHR.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this sad time.
Rest in Peace Anne
The Gender DynamiX Board and Staff
Congratulations Liberty and Adriana!
Congratulations to Gender DynamiX’s Executive Director, Liberty/Glenton Matthyse, for successfully completing your Strategic Business Management Course at UCT.
Congratulations to our New Financial Manager, Adriana Beukes, for successfully completing your UCT Project Management Foundations Course.
Well done on your outstanding achievements!
If you are trans and gender diverse identifying please email your CV to: so that we can have you in our database for future employment opportunities.
We would also be able to link you with trans and gender diverse friendly employers.