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Justice and Peace Netherlands is launching a new call for human rights defenders at risk to participate in the Shelter City initiative around March 2021. The deadline to apply is 10 December 2020 at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). Special conditions apply because of the COVID-19 situation. Shelter City provides temporary safe and inspiring spaces for human rights defenders at risk where they re-energise, receive tailormade support and engage with allies. The term human rights defender is intended to refer to the...

#HumanRightsWeek presents us with an opportunity to share how we have been working alongside our country partners and trans focal points in the region to support the transgender and gender non conforming community and closely monitor the evolving situation presented by COVID-19. Over the next week we present our findings from our work over the last ten months which demonstrate an urgent need to guarantee the inclusion of  transgender and gender non conforming people in efforts to #RecoverBetter from COVID-19...

Asia Pacific, like many other regions across the world, is witnessing an unprecedented health emergency with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the implications of which will be devastating and long-lasting for those at the margins of the society, including trans and gender diverse people. On this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), we remind all stakeholders, especially decision-makers in the government, the national human rights institutions and United Nations (UN) human rights bodies, and donors, to recognise the unique vulnerabilities of...

Date: 27 March 2020 We are writing to you in the midst of a global pandemic that is evolving rapidly by the hour. The Asia Pacific Transgender Network has been closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and thinking about how it is affecting the lives of the communities, and the critical work that the trans and gender diverse movement does. Following the global health guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), APTN is taking prudent steps to protect the wellbeing of...

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="7786" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Regional Mapping Report on Trans Health, Rights and Development in Asia This Mapping Report highlights recent steps taken at a regional level to improve trans people’s access to comprehensive health care, including gender-affirming health services. It also outlines the purpose of the From Bridges to Barriers conference and how this report would be used in health and policy discussions. DOWNLOAD PDF[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6879" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Denied Work: An audit on job discrimination on the basis of gender identity in South-East Asia Discrimination and lack of equal employment opportunities are common experiences of trans people. For some, problems arise while they are already employed, especially when they are trying to engage in a social transition in the workplace. For many, however, problems arise at the job hiring stage. Identification documents and educational certificates often ‘out’ trans people, even when their physical appearance does...

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6990" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] From Barriers to Bridges: Full Meeting Report This report details the full sessions and events of the From Barriers to Bridges (FB2B) Conference held in September 2017. In this report, each session is highlighted to provider greater detail of the dialogues that occurred surrounding trans health. Read the full report to learn about the current situation and access to trans health services throughout the region from trans community members, health providers and policy makers.   DOWNLOAD PDF[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

In 2018, trans and gender diverse activists will come together twice in the space of 1 month to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) and to call for another International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization (October 21). This concurrence speaks loudly and clearly about the past, present and future of our communities and movements. This past June 2018, the World Health Organization announced the completion of the process of revision and reform of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)....

  In a historic moment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released the official version of the ICD-11 in which all trans-related categories were removed from the chapter of Mental and Behavioral Disorders. In response to the achievement, Joe Wong the Executive Director of APTN stated that “the removal of trans-related categories from the ICD chapter of  Mental and Behavior Disorders is a great accomplishment and reveals the decades-long work that trans people have been working for globally. This is a necessary...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6921" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1541454436457{background-image: url(https://149472025.v2.pressablecdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Screen-Shot-2018-03-12-at-5.28.52-PM.png?id=6541) !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Increasing Access to HIV and other Health Services for Trans People in Asia In September 2017, APTN brought together over 150 people from over 14 countries to participate in the first regional trans-focused conference to discuss trans health and rights. This report highlights the current efforts and challenges throughout the region to support transgender communities and ensure their greater participation in the delivery of services and research. The event was supported by the United States...