Welcome to S.H.E, Social Health and Empowerment feminist collective of transgender and intersex women of Africa.
For us at S.H.E, trans* feminism is more than aligning the transgender movement to the feminist movement in Africa. We are pioneering an African trans* feminist movement aimed at inclusion. We are not hoping to reinvent feminism; instead we are seeking to expand feminism to recognise the problems of African trans and intersex women within the feminist sphere.
This is an initiative for and by African trans and intersex women.
S.H.E., social, health and empowerment feminist collective of transgender and intersex women was established in November 2010 and formalised in May 2011. The collective was initially established for two main reasons:
- As a response to the gender imbalance in the trans* African movement, that is, to explore ways of involving transgender women in advocacy at a national and regional level.
- In response to an African women’s (and feminist) movement that is often not inclusive of transgender and intersex women, that is to work for a greater inclusion of transgender and intersex women and their issues at local, regional, sub-regional and continental levels.
Additional reasons originally driving the creation of the S.H.E. collective were the need for
- Greater awareness of transgender and intersex issues at a community level
- Advocacy for appropriate and attainable health standards for transgender and intersex people (women) at local, regional, sub-regional and continental levels.
- Ensuring that policy makers fulfill health commitments to the transgender and intersex community, including health research
- Ensuring that legal and human rights instruments are applied to the lives of transgender and intersex women through engagement with policy makers.
- Encouraging and cultivating citizenship and participation among transgender and intersex women in their respective districts and countries based on a development and human rights framework supported by a feminist agenda.
Here is the link to our latest blog post: