Gender Dynamix: Trans Health, Advocacy & Research Conference 2011

The overall goal is to improve, holistically, the health of transgendered people in Southern Africa; through dialogue, awareness raising, advocacy and research; and to provide an opportunity to network and learn from medical practitioners working with transgendered individuals from the African region.This project seeks to support Gender Dynamix to host a Trans Health, Advocacy & Research Conference in 2011. This conference will build upon the outcomes of the first conference they held in 2010 were it was agreed that a larger follow up conference was needed.

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Communications Associate

July 6th, 2011

The overall goal is to improve, holistically, the health of transgendered people in Southern Africa; through dialogue, awareness raising, advocacy and research; and to provide an opportunity to network and learn from medical practitioners working with transgendered individuals from the African region.This project seeks to support Gender Dynamix to host a Trans Health, Advocacy & Research Conference in 2011. This conference will build upon the outcomes of the first conference they held in 2010 were it was agreed that a larger follow up conference was needed. OSISA will provide a grant to Gender DynamiX- a Human Rights organisation promoting freedom of expression of gender identity, focusing on transgender, transsexual and gender non-confirming identities This project will run from July 2011-June 2013 and aims to: - To create a dialogue between medical practitioners, transgendered individuals and activists, NGOs, and government departments - aiming to increase access to both general health services and transgendered specific health services; - To disseminate preliminary findings of the first HIV related community research done by Gender DynamiX, and create a dialogue with various stakeholders - identifying key gaps and issues in current advocacy, services, and research; - To create a dialogue regarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights, touching upon issues such as fertility, adoption, children, bodily integrity issues; and - To further a discussion on indigenous knowledge regarding gender diversity – can our traditional ways of explaining being transgendered positively influence our African narrative around this issue?

About the author(s)

Bukeka manages OSISA’s inventory of publications and periodicals, coordinates electronic and hard copy dissemination of all OSISA materials, provides a full range of customer service for publication and subscription orders and generally provides support to the organisation’s communications unit. Her main responsibilities include preparing web content, media materials, administering the grant/accounts management system for the unit and input into various communications products covering OSISA’s work.

She has been in the NGO sector for over 8 years and her experience spans project management, office administration media liaison and event management. Prior to joining OSISA she served in various roles at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation as well as ActionAid International. She holds a certificate in Public Relations from UCT and is currently pursuing BA in Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand majoring in Sociology and Psychology.

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