Notice to all Gender Dynamix
Community Members and Partners
Over the past few weeks Gender Dynamix (GDX) has reflected and engaged in internal dialogue on our response to COVID-19. A lot has changed from early December 2019, when the first cases of COVID-19 was reported, to now. The available data and information reveal that if we continue on the basis of ‘business as usual’ and should we not put stringent measures in place to manage our response that we will likely contribute to worsening the situation. GDX’s response has been 4-fold, which include the following Actions:
ACTION 1: EDUCATION AND PROMOTION OF HYGIENE AT WORK AND HOME
ACTION 2: SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SELF-QUARANTINE
ACTION 3: SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL AND POSTPONEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
ACTION 4: REMOTELY WORKING FROM HOME
Currently, there is a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Cape Town, Western Cape. Our team members make use of public transport systems and interact with many people who frequent our office on a daily basis. As a means to act responsibly and support positive health outcomes, GDX has temporarily closed its physical office as of 16h00 yesterday, 17 March, to Friday, 3 April. Depending on the guidance received from institutions such as the World Health Organisation and the South African government we will likely have to extent this period of office closure, if necessary.
Not being at the office, however, does not mean that we are unavailable. All team members have been equipped to digitally and telephonically connect and to this extent will be available to communicate and/or meet as follow:
GDX info-line available on our website at https://www.genderdynamix.org.za/contact-us;
Telephone: +27 (0)21 447 4797 (our office telephone line has been diverted to our administrator).
Facebook: @GenderDynamix; and
Zoom or Skype.
We note that this is a particularly uncertain, fearful and stressful time for many of our community members. Many trans and gender diverse persons live without adequate socio-economic means to optimally tend to their health and wellbeing whilst also continuing to face stigma and discrimination in the public healthcare and social services systems. Should you require support in accessing gender affirming healthcare and related services please contact our Community Engagement Officer, Khanyisile Phillips, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To the Sistazhood group, Khanyisile will also be in contact with the elected leadership of the group to give reassurance about the support that GDX can offer during this time.
Keep a lookout on our online platforms to stay connected with the organisation during this time.
Yours in Solidarity,