Judgment in the case of J September

Date: 16/09/2019

Lawyers for Human Rights, the Legal Resources Centre, and Gender Dynamix cordially invite you to a press conference, on judgment in the case of Jade September v Subramoney & Others.

On Monday 23 September 2019 at 14:00, the Cape High Court, sitting as an Equality Court, will hand down judgment in the matter. Ms September is a transgender woman who is currently serving a prison sentence inside a correctional facility for men.

While incarcerated, prison officials have denied her the right to express her gender through her hairstyle, dress, and use of small amounts of make-up. She has also been subjected to verbal abuse and harassment from prison officials, and at one stage placed in segregated confinement after trying to express her gender.

Ms September is seeking relief from the court for the violation of her fundamental constitutional rights to equality and human dignity, including an order that the respondents permit her to express her gender, and that her gender identity be respected and protected while incarcerated. She is represented by Lawyers for Human Rights, and her matter was initially heard on 26 and 27 November 2018. Gender Dynamix, represented by the Legal Resources Centre, are friends of the court.

Date: Monday 23 September 2019
Time: 16:00
Place: Legal Resources Centre, 3rd Floor, 54 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town

For more information:
• Sanja Bornman, Lawyers for Human Rights, sanja@lhr.org.za
• Mandi Mudarikwa, Legal Resources Centre, mandy@lrc.org.za
• Liberty Matthyse / Greyson Thela, Gender Dynamix, advocacy2@genderdynamix.org.za / info@genderdynamix.org.za

The litigation of this case by LHR is made possible with the support of The Other Foundation.

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