Landmark Moment for South Africa
This week in Brussels the groups, Iranti, Intersex South Africa, and the African Center for Migration and Society, in partnership with ILGA-Europe, brought a dialogue together with South African government (in particular the Department of Justice, the Department of Home Affairs, and the Department of Health) to specifically focus on trans and intersex rights and how to implement policy and law protecting these rights in South Africa.
A delegation of 10 South Africans met with civil society (OII Europe, Nederlandse organisatie voor seksediversiteit (NNID), Transgender Northern Ireland, and Utrecht University), the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG-JUST) of the European Union, the European External Action Service, and European Parliament LGBTI Intergroup, and MEPs interested in advancing trans and intersex rights.
This is a milestone moment as South Africa explores legal gender recognition legislation based on self-determination as well as legislation targeted to eliminated intersex genital mutilation. This visit follows a similar visit in Malta. The South African government will convene a conference focused on trans and intersex rights from 8 to 11 December 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Was great to present to and hear from the delegation from South Africa's state party and human rights organisations today at @ILGAEurope! Colleagues and I spoke about trans and intersex people's access to human and civil rights across Europe. @TransgenderNI pic.twitter.com/EO4AxgSaMj
— Ellen Murray (@ellenfromnowon) September 2, 2019
We are happy to be supporting an EU-SA dialogue on Protecting & Promoting #HumanRights for Transgender and Intersex Persons. @irantiorg @DOJCD_ZA, @homeaffairssa, @HealthZA, @IntersexSA and @ACMSWits are discussing important policy issues with counterparts in Malta and Brussels! pic.twitter.com/Dl4gx0Hk5r
— EU in SA (@EUinSA) September 2, 2019
A historic moment unfolds SA’s @DOJCD_ZA, @HomeAffairsSA, @HealthZA and @irantiorg, @IntersexSA and @ACMSWits embark on a dialogue with government of Malta & Brussels, + 5 keys activists from europe to help shape a future policy framework on Trans and Intersex Rights for SA.
— Iranti (@irantiorg) August 26, 2019