UCT’s Women’s Day lunch celebrates trans women and women in research

18 August 2022 | Director Roxanne Harris & Ruairi Abrahams. Videography Ruairi Abrahams & Boikhutso Ntsoko. Video Edit Boikhutso Ntsoko. Photo Lerato Maduna.

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng hosted a Women’s Day lunch at Graça Machel Hall on 10 August 2022, with the theme: “Yes, trans women are women”.

#ForWomxnByWomxn research grantees – Professor Janet Hapgood, Dr Katye Altieri and Dr Robyn Pickering – gave updates on their exciting research projects.

The keynote address was presented by Liberty Matthyse, a self-identified trans woman and  executive director of Gender DynamiX, the first registered, Africa-based public benefit organisation that focuses solely on trans and gender-diverse communities and movements in the Southern African region.

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Women’s Month at UCT

For Women’s Month, the university’s focus is on celebrating womxn and womxn’s achievements.

UCT’s Women’s Day event

After two years of virtual events, this year we were able to celebrate Women’s Month in person again on 10 August 2022 at a luncheon hosted by University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. The event was in honour of the recipients of UCT’s For Womxn By Womxn research grants as well as other phenomenal womxn across the university. Gender activist Liberty Matthyse, who is the executive director of Gender DynamiX, delivered a keynote address themed “Yes, trans women are women”.

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