OPINION | Cassandra Roxburgh: Navigating being transgender in the work environment

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The transgender flag is a light blue, pink and white pentacolour pride flag representing the transgender community, organisations, and individuals. (Photo: Getty Images)

The process of job hunting is a terrifying prospect for most people. It is even more frightening when you live in fear of being rejected once again based on being transgender, writes Cassandra Roxburgh.

South Africa is praised for its progressive legal rights framework, encapsulating transgender identity. We have a history of groundbreaking legal victories for sexual minorities, and our courts have frequently defended the rights of trans people. Despite this, transgender people continue to experience widespread discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Transgender unemployment rates are high in South Africa, and transgender people are often excluded from economic opportunities. However, there is no specific data on unemployment rates for transgender people in South Africa - primarily due to the failure of StatsSA to include questions about transgender people in its census questionnaires. 

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