In Response to the Caster Semenya Verdict-statement by Gender Dynamix
2 May 2019 - 12:00
Call for Justice for South Africa's Golden Girl
As we reflect on Workers' Day today, 1 May, it is ironic that one of our most successful athletes’ career hangs in the balance because of the discrimination she has had to endure in the world of sport based on her classification as an intersex person. Socially, her dignity has been targeted on account of her lesbian sexuality and masculine gender expression. From high hopes to shattered dreams! Today we have experienced a major setback in the ‘so-called' era of advancing human rights and respect for diversity, globally.
Despite the uncontested resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning the discriminatory regulations for women in sport and the waves of support Caster Semenya received as an athlete who happen to be intersexed and gender diverse, once again the world of sport has showcased its inability to at the very least accommodate bodily diversity without compromising talent and excellence.