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PATHSA Virtual Symposium 2023

When: 25 November 2023 08:00-12:00, followed by PATHSA AGM 12:00-13:00

Where:  Zoom

Theme: Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs

CPD Points: 4 points (3 general and 1 Ethics)






Welcome and introduction of keynote speaker

Qhawekazi Thengwa


Keynote Presentation

Ricki  T. Kgositau



Oral presentations

1.     Peer-led Trans Safe Space advocates

2. Positioning Gender Affirming Health Care within the Family Medicine discipline.
3.     A Socio-legal Perspective on the Right of Transgender persons to access Healthcare in South Africa.

 4.     I am the field: research by/with/about trans men and our mental healthcare experiences

Chair: Elma de Vries

Xola Tatubana

Madeleine Muller

Denise Zambezi

Jude Daya


The ethics of Informed Consent in transgender and gender diverse children and youth

Chair: Allanah  Wilson

Yoshna Kooverjee


Panel: GAHC: Critical Conversations about Indigenous Culture & Language

Chair:  Sakhile Msweli


Closing remarks

Chris McLachlan


AGM (members only, with a new zoom link)


Keynote SpeakerRicki Kgositau

Ricki Kgositau’s background is International Human Rights Law Dispensation, Proliferation & Protection. She won a constitutional court case seeking legal gender recognition in the High Court of Botswana in 2017 and continues to use strategic impact litigation wins to make legislative and policy gains; hence founding the Ricki Kgositau Foundation in Botswana to advance legal and policy reform initiatives for the integration of and accountability towards gender diverse communities. Ms Kgositau is currently serving as the Africa Regional Manager for the Global Equality Caucus (GEC) whose work is to engage legislators and elected officials on advancing equality and inclusion for LGBTI persons.

Before joining the GEC, Ricki was the Co-Executive Director of the African Queer Youth Initiative (AQYI) being the only queer youth focused organisation on the African continent working to ensure LGBTI+ youth representation and participation. She is also the former Executive Director of Accountability International whose work is using research and data transparency to hold leaders accountable for international as well as continental human rights, health and developmental commitments. Before this, she was Executive Director of Gender DynamiX (GDX) being the first and oldest trans focused organisation in Africa and a stalwart in movement building; having co-founded the Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF). She is also a 2016 Mandela-Washington Fellow under the flagship of the Obama administration’s YALI program (Young African Leaders Initiative) at the University of California – Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

Ricki has authored various academic pieces advancing community-led monitoring and participatory action research as best models to achieve LGBTI research justice. She has in recent years been a columnist for The Botswana Gazette newspaper with a weekly column titled “Queer I” which she has used to advance queer experiences and challenge prevailing narratives around and about queer and gender diverse persons. Ricki also gives of her time to other NGOs such as the UNAIDS Global Reference Group on HIV & Human Rights, as Board Vice-Chair of the Botswana Trans Initiative (BTI) and the Advisory Board of the London School of Economics & Politics’ AHRC Research Project “Transnational Anti-Gender Movements and Resistance: Narratives and Interventions”. Ricki is also a part of the Connexional LGBTIQA+ Task Team in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) led by the office of the Presiding Bishop, aimed at transforming the church into a safe and inclusive place of worship for all diverse queer persons of faith. She is also answering her call into ministry with her affinity for queer theology, feminist theology, women’s liberation theology as well as an inclusive and decolonial Christian faith practices.

Following the presentations, the PATHSA Annual General Meeting will be the last item on the programme.


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