All our work will be guided by a set of core values and principles that are expressed as follows:
- S.H.E. has an African footprint
- S.H.E. has research (knowledge) as a framework and foundation for advocacy
- S.H.E. contributes to creating and building the capacity of institutions that know, understand, accept and cater for our (trans and intersex) issues and needs
- This includes quality services for all – in particular quality health services for gender diverse populations
- S.H.E. contributes to understanding of the fluidity of gender and sexuality and to gender equality/equity
- S.H.E. contributes to solidarity of the diverse racial groups
- S.H.E. contributes to solidarity of different sexuality
- End to oppression – A just and tolerant world, free from discrimination, for diversity and freedom to express oneself and to choose the life they lead
- Acceptance, comfort, security for all human beings
- Choice: Human beings free to lived their own identities and to make the life they want for themselves free of stigma
- Family values – Acceptance of diverse forms of families
S.H.E. and the feminist perspective
For S.H.E. the extent to which we involve transgender masculine identified persons in our programmes is also a point of reflection – as is the question of what S.H.E. means by feminism and calling ourselves a “feminist collective”.
Our objective is:
- To continue to be a part of defining what “feminist” implies in the trans* and intersex community locally, nationally and internationally and,
- As a collective aiming to work primarily for the interests of trans* and intersex women of Africa, we will include the interests of all trans* and intersex people in our work where it seems (to us) logical and appropriate to do so (for example in our project “Free Talk” ).
S.H.E.’s position at present is that feminism is an equality-seeking philosophy to be used as an advocacy framework for minority groups, including sexual and gender minorities.
The principles this implies are Accountability, Advocacy, Challenge, Conflict, Choice, Consultation, Diversity, Education, Mentoring, Equality, Inclusion, Evaluation, Joy, Celebration, Leadership, Power Sharing, Safety. These serve as a basis for S.H.E.’s work.