JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER DR AARON MOTSOALEDI AND THE TRANS ACTIVIST COALITION
21 September 2020
Gender Dynamix, together with a coalition of civil society organisations, met with Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of the Department of Home Affairs, to discuss the ongoing issues and struggles faced by trans and gender diverse persons.
The meeting was incredibly valuable, with the Minister and his team committing to improving the essential services provided to trans and gender diverse persons, including resolving the issues around amendments of particulars, the development of policies and operating procedures, and the training of Home Affairs staff when dealing with matters pertaining to trans and gender diverse persons.
We remain committed to constructively engaging with the department on these matters, as well as working toward legislative reform around the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act 49 of 2003.
Gender Dynamix would like to thank the Minister and his team for their time in engaging these issues and for their commitment to working with us. We would also like to extend our thanks to the partner organisations who have contributed to and made this engagement possible.
The full media statement as published by the Department of Home Affairs is attached to the right.
Yours in solidarity!
Qwelane Hate Speech Case to be heard tomorrow
(22 September 2020) in the Constitutional Court
Tomorrow, 22 September 2020, at 10am the Constitutional Court will hear the matter of Qwelane versus SAHRC & Another / 7 Amicus Curiae (Case Number 13/20). The Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) welcomes the hearing, which will assist in setting a precedent not only in the resolution of this particular matter and the precedent it will set, but because of the significance that the ruling will have in terms of determining of other cases relating to hate speech – whether it is hate speech on the basis of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, race, or any other such ground. Many of these other cases have been on hold as a result of the delays in the finalisation of the Qwelane matter.
SATF LAUNCHES RESULTS FROM SURVEY INTO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON TRANS AND GENDER-DIVERSE ORGANISATIONS IN THE REGION
Iranti, Gender DynamiX and TREAT, as members of SATF and in partnership with Frontline AIDS, have published a desktop survey into the experiences of Southern African trans-led advocacy groups during the 2020 COVID-19 viral pandemic, assessing challenges to programmes and advocacy work across the region.
We thank the participants in this study who have helped us shine a light on the severe challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to trans-led and trans-focused organisations in our region – LGBTI+ individuals and communities already disproportionately struggle with access to healthcare, secure income, food security, safety in the home environment and many other metrics by which one might judge the equality and security of members of a society. This pandemic has only exacerbated these issues, our study has found.
TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-DIVERSE PERSONS AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS DURING LOCKDOWN
Dear Minister Motsoaledi,
Our coalition has received your letter and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to you and your staff for taking the time to respond to our concerns. By allowing once more for citizens to apply for the amendment of personal particulars, we understand that transgender and gender-diverse persons across the country will be able to move forward in accessing vital services and documents which we believe will mitigate some of the discrimination and exclusion they face.
Human Rights Organisations Urge the President to Sign Civil Union Amendment Bill into Law
Leading Human Rights organisations have urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign off on the Civil Union Amendment Bill that affords same-sex or same-gender couples the right to be married by any state-employed marriage officer and magistrate they so choose.
Department of Home Affairs and access to Legal Gender Recognition
An open letter to the Minister of Home Affairs Hon. P.A. Motsoaledi, The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, the NCCC, and all representatives of the Department of Home Affairs.
Photo Credit: BBC News
Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Gender Dynamix applauds the government of Gabon particularly the parliamentarians for recognising and acknowledging the existence of the LGBTI. This was reflected when 48 parliamentarians in the lower Senate house voted for decriminalising. We can only hope that the precedence set by the lower house will be similar to that that will be set by the upper house.
However, it becomes challenging for us to celebrate some of the victories while on the other hand, our refugee siblings are going through the most currently in Kenya. Kakuma is one of the world’s largest refugee camps and is home to a significant LGBTIQ community.
GDX StatementS on jade sEPTEMBER
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.
to listen to the interview
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 ...
During the 35th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, Lesotho received 10 Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Recommendations. Out of the 10 recommendations made, Lesotho accepted two coming from Argentina and Costa Rica. The two recommendations are:
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.
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.
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.
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.