S.H.E social, health and empowerment feminist collective was born from a need to contextualize the lives of African transgender and intersex women employing a feminist framework. The lack of vocal African transgender and intersex women gave birth to the organisation. Further, transgender and intersex women are not visible in African feminist spaces. This is something that needed to be changed. S.H.E, as an organisation was first represented in a meeting on women’s sexual and reproductive health rights in East London, South Africa in November 2010. Since then, the organisation has gone from strength to strength.
Our work is based on collective action and though we were registered as a coalition with the South African Department of Social Development, we work on an equal basis with all our partners. We work with partner organisations and their various constituencies. We employ a feminist agenda as an ideological underpinning to our work.
We are based in East London, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. This was a strategic decision based on the strong patriarchal context of the province.