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 ...
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.
Queer businesses as well as entreprises focusing on queer communities struggle to finance the tranisition from micro to medium sized companies. To fill this vacuum Dreilinden is launching a pilot project, inviting South African entrepreneurs to apply for the Q Pitch Days by filling out this questionnaire. The Q Pitch Days will be held between 30 November 2019 and 6 December 2019 across a number of locations in South Africa.
We invite all South African businesses that have a direct positive impact on the queer communities and in particular on the more marginalised groups within LGBTQI*. This may be in the form of employment or training, services and products directly targeted at or benefiting the communities.
All information on the process and selection criteria can be found here. Please make sure you indicate your contact details as well as the most convenient location for us to meet you. All successful applicants will be invited to pitch to a panel of impact and investment experts. Each team will receive 15 minutes to present their business, followed by 15 minutes to answer questions from the panel.
We are thrilled to work with our friends from PLUS and QWB+A who will be our trusted partners on the panel of the Q Pitch Days.
The deadline for the applications is midnight of 17 November 2019.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your contacts at PLUS and QWB+A or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
GDX Statement on Caster Semenya
From Olympic 800m gold medalist to
JVW Football Club Soccer Player
At just 28-years-old, Caster Semenya has built an impressive professional career as a middle-distance runner. She is a two-time Olympic 800m gold medalist and has also won gold for 800m at the World Championships in 2009, 2011, and 2017 (Zraick, 2019). Although her athletic accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, the spotlight on Semenya has shifted towards focusing on her sex and physical characteristics.
In 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) announced a testosterone level limit for female athletes competing in events ranging from 400m to a mile. The new ruling affects Semenya and other female athletes born intersex, requiring them to reduce their natural testosterone levels to below 5nmol/L (International Association of Athletics Federation, 2019). If a female athlete refuses to undergo this process, they are unable to compete or are expected to compete against other males. These regulations target intersex female athletes and imply that only females born with XX chromosomes are “real women”.
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.