Tshepo Ricki Kgositau

Ricki Kgositau is the Executive Director of Accountability International, an international NGO with an African focus on holding leaders accountable for human rights, international and continental human rights law, policy and developmental commitments, as way to increase accountability towards marginalized, excluded and most underserved communities. Accountability International has more than 10 years’ experience working at the level of the African Union Commission to advance accountability, transparency and inclusion of most left out communities. This work has seen the co-development of an African Health Accountability Framework to monitor African health policy instruments.

As a seasoned human rights advocate and trans feminist with more than 11 years of advocating for the rights, inclusion and dignity of sexual and gender minorities, she continues to push legal and policy reform across the continent using accountability tools and mechanisms. Ricki is passionate about using strategic impact litigation to advance the rights, equality and inclusion of various minority and marginalized communities. She was a chief litigant on a constitutional matter seeking legal gender recognition before the High Courts in Botswana that was successful in 2017.

Ricki is the former Executive Director of Gender DynamiX, the first regional transgender-focused NGO in Africa, and the former Program Director for the KP-REACH (Key Populations Research, Evidence & Advocacy for Change in Health) regional program that strengthened the capacity of regional movements and organisations to meaningfully lobby and advocate for inclusion of sexual and gender minorities in the regional HIV response. She is also the co-founder of the Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF), a sub-regional collective of over 15 trans-led and focused organisations.

Ricki is also a 2016 Mandela-Washington Fellow and holds a degree in International Relations (with a specialty in International Human Rights Law & Diplomacy) and Criminology from Monash University.

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