is a report by the Open Society Foundations featuring 16 case studies from nearly a dozen countries that highlight efforts to improve the health and human rights of trans people.It aims to create dialogue about advancing a trans health and human rights agenda between governments, trans communities and allies, health professionals and professional bodies, and funders. While hopeful of a positive outcome, Swanepoel said that she would continue her hunger strike until the changes had been made.Gender Dynamix claims that Swanepoel’s plight is not unique and that it is regularly contacted by transgender people with similar experiences.“Even though South Africa is seen as a LGBTI heaven, the practice does not match the laws.The laws meant to guarantee equal access to rights are incorrectly and at times not implemented at all.Comments Angel Jones, CEO & Founder of Homecoming Revolution, “This was a pan-African launch and we were delighted at the high quality of African professionals who are very serious about returning home.” “What makes the Homecoming Revolution platform unique,” continues Jones, “is that employers engaged candidates in an inspirational environment that included motivating case studies,...
Gender Dynamix described this as “a blatant lie and delay tactic.” The act states that, “Any person whose sexual characteristics have been altered by surgical or medical treatment or by evolvement through natural development resulting in gender reassignment… for the alteration of the sex description of his or her birth register.” This section makes it clear that medical treatment and not genital surgery is the minimum requirement, says the organisation.Swanepoel told Mambaonline that she had started the hunger strike on Tuesday.“I’m feeling a little sick today,” she said, “Sick and not very strong.” She insisted that she was prepared to die for her cause.“The state’s failure to provide transgender persons with the necessary documentation puts transgender people at risk of being seen as fraudulent which subjects them to humiliation and potential arrest,” said Gender Dynamix.
Mambaonline spoke to a number of officials at Home Affairs.
“If I pass out or go into a coma, no one is allowed to touch me or resuscitate me unless my identity is sorted. If it leads to death then that’s how far I will go,” an angry and frustrated Swanepoel said.