A peer-led study on trans rights and transphobic violence was conducted in Fiji, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The key objective is to develop the applied knowledge and research skills of national transgender organizations to help them conduct peer-led research that reflects the lived experiences of their communities and amplifies their voices by building an evidence base for advocacy in PNG. Twelve (12) trans and gender-diverse community members were trained in data collection. This is also the first-ever peer-led trans study completed by trans people themselves in PNG.
This study was coordinated by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and led in the country by the Hetura Network PNG Association Inc. This study has been adapted from Transgender Europe (TGEU)’s Transrespect versus Transphobia (TvT): The social experiences of trans and gender-diverse people in 8 countries: Colombia, India, the Philippines, Serbia, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey and Venezuela.