Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) was formed in October 2018 after realizing that there is a high level of ignorance, stigma and discrimination towards the intersex community within Zimbabwean society.
Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) was formed in October 2018 after realizing that there is a high level of ignorance, stigma and discrimination towards the intersex community within Zimbabwean society which lead to serious cases of violations of human rights of intersex people, that includes; among others, sexual abuses, killings of intersex babies and adults due to ignorance and misconceptions that surround intersex peoples’ lives. ICoZ has also seen several cases of non-consented medical interventions by the medical profession, in the name of normalizing intersex bodies, which are unnecessary and harmful since these interventions have lifelong physical problems on the lives of intersex people. ICoZ was formed in order to address the challenges that intersex people are facing in their day to day lives and to raise an awareness on the reality of the existence of intersex people especially in their communities, where intersex people come from and are raised from, since there is a high level of invisibility of the intersex community. ICoZ also advocates for equality in order to see inclusion of intersex people in all aspects of life including health and educational programming and respect of all human rights. Their mission is to advocate for equality and inclusion, especially in areas of education and health programming, and to address issues of violations of human rights which affects intersex people on a daily basis.
Trans Smart Trust is an organization focused on intersex and transgender persons.
Trans Smart Trust is an organization focused on intersex and transgender persons. It was founded in 2012 and registered as a Trust on the 16th of July 2016 after a long struggle in an environment where there is limited appreciation and acknowledgement of the existence of intersex and transgender persons. Trans Smart Trust works to promote the identification, inclusion, integration and assimilation of human rights issues affecting Intersex and transgender persons within different social groups of the larger Zimbabwean community. Through Trans Smart’s strategic focus, the organization’s participatory methodologies have become the fulcrum for integrated inventiveness in developing intersex and transgender person’s livelihoods. To date the organization is continuously working on improving Health, Human rights, Life Skills, Capacities and participation in governance processes. Trans Smart Trust manages a portfolio of projects targeting intersex and Transgender persons who constitute intersex and transgender people living with HIV and albinism within urban and rural areas. The organization’s activities bridge the knowledge gaps through information dissemination and provide capacity building for rural and urban populaces, facilitate platforms for the community and its leadership to interrogate as well as take action in promoting human rights.
PaKasipiti is a collective of LBT people striving to create safe spaces to develop the capacities of LBT people and promote social acceptance of gender and sexual diversity in Zimbabwe.
PaKasipiti is a collective of LBT people striving to create safe spaces to develop the capacities of LBT people and promote social acceptance of gender and sexual diversity in Zimbabwe. PaKasipiti translates to “at the Spring,” a place where LBT people can replenish their energies and thrive. They provide rights literacy, communication and advocacy trainings to LBT people as a basis for growing activism and raise the demands of LBT people in national and regional LGBTQ and feminist coalitions such as the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Coalition of African Lesbians. PaKasipiti hosts forums for LBT people and is developing an anti-violence support network. They are also interested in training ally stakeholders and civil society partners to build their capacity to speak out on SOGIE issues in various platforms.
Voice of the Voiceless (VOVO) is a feminist collective of LBT activists working to challenge attitudes, beliefs and norms that exclude lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) communities from having their voices heard and affirming their human rights.
Voice of the Voiceless (VOVO) is a feminist collective of LBT activists working to challenge attitudes, beliefs and norms that exclude lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) communities from having their voices heard and affirming their human rights. At the heart of their strategy is cultural change that starts with the community and builds out towards other marginalized communities, incorporating LBTI needs and experiences into feminist movement agendas and shifting the norms upon which larger societal structures are based. At the community level, they run Solidarity Circles, which are learning and support spaces for LBTI people to come together and hold dialogues on feminism, rights, access to justice and experiences of stigma and discrimination. They also host advocacy training workshops and what they call Creative Expression Sessions to provide artistic outlets for LBTI self-expression through forms of art such as painting and storytelling, as well as cross-movement intersectionality dialogues with groups representing a diversity of marginalized women, including sex workers, women with disabilities and others.