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February 2, 2018   Solidarity and courage amidst increasing violence against LGBTIQ persons in Indonesia   On 27 January 2018, approximately 10 beauty salons in North Aceh, Indonesia became subject to raids and 12 transgender women were arrested. They were forced to cut and shave their hair, stripped of their clothes, verbally harassed, and subjected to physical and mental therapies in an attempt to make them more “masculine”. On the pretenses of protecting public morals, the women were subjected to cruel, inhumane and degrading...

APTN Project Manager Location: Bangkok, Thailand Application Deadline: 15 January 2018 Language required: English Duration of initial contract: 1 year The Asia Pacific Transgender Network is looking to hire a Project Manager for its project titled ”A Peer-led Study on Trans Rights and Transphobic Violence in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.” The position is for one year, subject to extension. Background: The Pacific region, particularly Polynesia, has a long history of gender diversity. Pacific Islanders, use culturally specific terms such as Fa’afafine (Samoa), Leiti (Tonga), Palopa...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5316" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Views of Transgender Persons & Hijras Associated with The Global Fund Program, in India The authors, working for Pehchan, conducted a series of interviews with their colleagues to understand the impact of programming and funds provided by the Global Fund on transgender people in India. The interviews, either in local language or English, were done through a structured questionnaire that focused on four main components: personal history, trans scenario in India, Global Fund Program experiences, and specific...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Sansanee Kongou-Jan, Administrative and Finance Assistant [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5839" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]As APTN’s Administrative and Finance Assistant, Provide support to APTN and its staff on administrative and financial duties. Sansanee has worked with 2 NGOs as a Project Finance Coordinator at PATH Thailand and Project Coordinator at Learning and Empowerment Institute, Local Development Foundation. And previously worked as Financial Officer at Prakotkarndee, a television production company.[/vc_column_text][/qodef_elements_holder_item][/qodef_elements_holder][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Our Secretariat [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [wcp-carousel id="5767"] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Joe Wong, Executive Director [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5850" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]As APTN's Executive Director, Joe Wong oversees the institution and programme development of the network; resource mobilisation, communications and media, establishing partnership and collaboration with international, regional and national partners, and policy development. He has prior experience in working with NGOs, CBOs and UN agencies. He was previously a board member of APTN.[/vc_column_text][/qodef_elements_holder_item][/qodef_elements_holder][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Our Secretariat [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [wcp-carousel id="5767"] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Thitiyanun Doy Nakpor [Thailand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5851" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Doy is a Thai transgender woman activist, who has over 15 year experience in trans advocacy. After her university graduation, Doy joined M Plus organization in Chiang Mai as Transgender woman activists, focusing on health and sexual health, HIV and AIDS. Currently she hold the position of the Director of SISTERS Foundation in Pattaya, which is the only transgender community-led organization in Thailand working on transgender health and other issues. Doy aims to...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Mitch Yusof [Malaysia] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5497" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Mitch Yusof has over 20 years of social service volunteer experience and 9 years of social service working experience in HIV prevention, care & support with trans communities. In 2014, he co-founded SEED, the first trans-led community based non-profit organization in Malaysia. Working closely with the transgender community in addressing their issues, needs and concerns by providing capacity and skills building and information, advocate on the diverse spectrum under the transgender community and...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Hua Boonyapisomparn [Thailand/ USA] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5496" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Hua as people know her, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organizations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organizations to international organizations and networks. Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of several transgender organizations - locally, nationally in Thailand, and internationally. This includes being the first transgender program supervisor of Sisters, a program under supervision of Population Services International (PSI Thailand),...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Phylesha Brown-Acton [New Zealand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5498" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Phylesha is a champion for the rights of sexual minority groups within the Pacific and Fakafifine of Niuean decent. She is also a volunteer for the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) and was instrumental in the set up of its secretariat, Phylesha previously has a background in the HIV/AIDS sector in regional, national and international roles, which is still an extension of her current advocacy and work. She is currently pursuing a...

Joint Statement on Trans Advocacy Week at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session Sixteen trans and gender diverse activists from fifteen countries across all regions of the world - including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean - participated in the first Trans Advocacy Week at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historical event was a joint initiative organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for...