Introduction by L. LEIGH ANN VAN DER MERWE

The African Trans Feminist Charter is crafted as an act of resistance and resilience, and mostly to position African trans women within feminist discourse on the continent and globally. We take a stand against exclusion of any kind and while we acknowledge that transgender women are often seen as enjoying some form of privilege, it is not true for every transgender woman. Intersectional factors like race, class and privilege, shape the realities of transgender women all over the African continent, and all over the world.

This document set forth the principles by which we engage with other groups of women in order to insert our voice in different spaces and linking our issue to a broader women's and feminist agenda. The idea for an African Trans Feminist Charter was born from the number of challenges facing African transgender women, including many different...

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