Wings To Transcend Namibia

Wings To Transcend Namibia (WTTN) is a Namibian Transgender rights and health organisation that was formed in October 2015 as a voice for the transgender community in Namibia to advocate for the legal gender recognition, non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising health care, and trans and gender sensitive health care in both the public and private health care services across Namibia.

Wings To Transcend Namibia (WTTN) is a Namibian Transgender rights and health organisation that was formed in October 2015 as a voice for the transgender community in Namibia to advocate for the legal gender recognition, non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising health care, and trans and gender sensitive health care in both the public and private health care services across Namibia. WTTN is currently in the process of being registered as a trust, with the registrar in the directorate of the Ministry of Trade and Industry indicating that there were no objections to the organisation being registered. The organisation is based in Windhoek. While the national LGBTI organisation, OutRight Namibia, was really good in taking care of the health needs of MSM, gay men and lesbian women, the transgender community felt excluded and that their experiences of stigmatisation and discrimination within the LGBTI movement and broader Namibian society were not addressed. With political leaders refusing to recognise the existence of trans persons and some religious leaders claiming that being transgender is being possessed by an evil spirit, the transgender community faced high incidences of violence and a police force that actively refuses to offer any form of protection. While trans and gender non-conforming persons face many challenges, like being ostracised from their families, their inability to find employment or housing when living in their true gender, the lack of trans specific health care services and access to hormone treatment, the lack of psycho-social support and spiritual support, and the list goes on, WTTN realises it cannot be everything to everyone despite the desperate needs. WTTN wants to build a resilient trans organisation that is part of the robust human rights movement that exists in the country, but focusses on the specific needs of the trans community and raise awareness amongst all, especially potential allies to start with. For this reason, WTTN decided that it will focus on trans health and wellbeing, legal reform and gender recognition, outreach to trans persons throughout the country, building alliances within civil society and the sensitising the media (building on work done by OutRight Namibia, Positive Vibes and TULINAM).

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