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South Africa

Matimba (meaning strength and power in Xitsonga) was founded in 2019 by a collective of young trans individuals and parents of trans kids in South Africa. Matimba’s aim is to support trans and gender-expansive children, teenagers, and their families to cultivate a healthy, caring, and safe environment for these children and teenagers to grow up in. The group works with families, schools, and all other avenues that may impact the lives of transgender and gender-expansive individuals and their development. Matimba advocates for these individuals to access adequate and competent services in order for them to have childhoods that all children deserve. Matimba envisions a world that allows and empowers transgender and gender-expansive youth to express themselves in all spaces that they occupy. A world that is conducive for trans and gender-expansive youth to be themselves with the support of their family and allies.