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Written by Smita, Illustrated by Upasana Agarwal The fourth and final session in the #SkillsforChange: Public Campaigning for Advocacy and Social Change online workshop series commenced on 21 August 2020 and looked at digital security and safety in the context of public campaigning. This session was done in partnership with Point of View, a non-profit based out of Mumbai, India, which works at the intersections of gender, sexuality, technology, digital rights, and digital security. Point of View’s work at this intersection...

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented human crisis that is claiming lives, destroying livelihoods and disrupting economies across the world. With the support of UNAIDS, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and Youth LEAD have worked together to increase the visibility and voices of trans and gender diverse youth leaders throughout Asia and the Pacific. This is the fifth in a series of feature stories about trans youth leaders and the strength they show amidst the challenges of COVID-19. Read the other...

“Integrating a SOGIESC framework will contribute to our collective goal of addressing impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and take us closer towards the goal of ‘leaving no one behind’ as envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Join twenty civil society organisations in Asia Pacific — such as APCOM, Asia Pacific Transgender Network, Pink Alliance, ILGA Asia, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, Youth Voices Count — to sign on the open letter to WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,...

Written by Smita, Illustrated by Upasana Agarwal Though the third session of the #SkillsforChange: Public Campaigning for Advocacy and Social Change online workshop series took place on 14th August, work on this session started as soon as the participants registered. This session, titled Using Art & Digital Media to Deliver Your Call-for-Action, was led by Indu Harikumar, an artist and storyteller from India, and had Vincy Chan, a non-binary trans performance poet from Hong Kong and Faris Saad from Shh...

To stay up-to-date with APTN's work, sign up for our biannual newsletter on our home page! Dear Friends of APTN, The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the lives of trans and gender diverse communities, and the critical advocacy work that our community partners do. In the past months since the pandemic started, groups, organisations and agencies around the world have had to reimagine how to support communities most in need of financial, health and peer support, and we continue to...

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented human crisis that is claiming lives, destroying livelihoods and disrupting economies across the world. With the support of UNAIDS, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and Youth LEAD have worked together to increase the visibility and voices of trans and gender diverse youth leaders throughout Asia and the Pacific. This is the fourth in a series of six feature stories about trans youth leaders and the strength they show amidst the challenges of COVID-19. Read the...

Written by Smita, Illustrated by Upasana Agarwal The second session of the #SkillsforChange: Public Campaigning for Advocacy and Social Change online workshop series, Crafting Call-for-Action for Public Campaigning was anchored by Rafiul Alom Rahman, founder of the Queer Muslim Project, and had two guest speakers, Alok Vaid-Menon and Phylesha Brown-Acton.  This session, held on 7 August 2020, focused on how to design a clear and concise messaging for our advocacy campaigns, and the role of stories and storytelling in public advocacy. Rafiul...

Written by Smita, Illustrated by Upasana Agarwal "Look around your space and your room, and share about one thing there which brings you pleasure. Even if we’re online, our bodies are still here and important that we ground both, and ground it in pleasure," says Jac sm Kee after inviting us to put on our cameras briefly if possible. This is the beginning of the first workshop in APTN’s #SkillsforChange: Public Campaigning For Advocacy and Social Change online workshop series held...

For those most vulnerable to HIV – including people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, young people, migrants and prisoners – already facing challenges and disenfranchisement from the wider community, the hardships they face in employment, accessing healthcare, household settings, livelihood and social protections have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, civil society and key population (KP) networks report alarming...

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented human crisis that is claiming lives, destroying livelihoods and disrupting economies across the world. With the support of UNAIDS, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and Youth LEAD have worked together to increase the visibility and voices of trans and gender diverse youth leaders throughout Asia and the Pacific. This is the third in a series of six feature stories about trans youth leaders and the strength they show amidst the challenges of COVID-19....