COVID-19 Trans Resilience: Week 4 – Financial Security + Social Protections

Published April 5, 2021

DAY 01: Snapshot COVID-19’s Exacerbates Loss of Income and Exclusion from Social Protection Schemes

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Historical systemic and systematic discrimination against trans people stemming directly from harmful laws criminalising their identities and sexual behaviours and a lack of legal gender recognition across Asia and the Pacific region has further impacted trans people’s access to financial and health security throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social protection schemes are a lifeline in reducing further inequality and debt. Accessing social protection schemes are a human right and should be available for those in need without discrimination, but given that many are unable to change citizenship and national documents to reflect their gender identity, the linking of social protection schemes through national identification documents meant that many trans people who were not able to produce ‘authenticated’ documents could not access government support and relief efforts.

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DAY 02: Organisation Profile – Blue Diamond Society

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Throughout our COVID-19 Social Media Campaign, APTN has been highlighting some of our #COVID19CommunitySupportFund partners who have stepped up to provide vital support to the community during the #pandemic. 

This week’s feature is Blue Diamond Society from #Nepal. A longtime partner of APTN.

Click the link to read more about how BDS is navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic to continue the important work they do.

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DAY 03: “Story from the Streets” – HOK

The #transcommunity has always been and will continue to be resilient. Throughout the last few weeks, APTN has been sharing the stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival of trans communities during the #COVID19 pandemic. 

This week’s story comes from Rhonda, a millennial indigenous Fijian transwoman and founding member of Haus of Khameleon. While she feels lucky to still have her job during the pandemic, as a #transwoman she knows all too well the uncertainty and fear for the future this #pandemic has brought about. Others have not been as lucky, so Rhonda has stepped up to provide emotional, mental, and professional support to others in the community. She reminds us of the importance of kindness and solidarity during these uncertain times.

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DAY 05: Opinion Piece from Activist

This week’s snapshot, organisation profile, and story from the streets all highlight the dire need for financial security and inclusion in social protections for #transgender #communites, both before and during this #COVID19 crisis. Our second opinion piece writer, a #financialadvisor from #Singapore, offers six tips for trans individuals to build financial stability during COVID-19.

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