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UNAIDS is releasing the Mirror on the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Gender diversity is not a lifestyle choice but an inherent right of all people. Gender stereotypes, especially towards LGBTI people, lead to stigma and discrimination. This is more pronounced in children and adolescents, as diversity among them is not commonly understood and society puts massive pressure on them to conform to their assigned gender norms.The film, the Mirror, portrays a young boy who is pouting and opts out...

Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) along with 759 signatories from communities living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and civil society organisations in Asia-Pacific and globally extend sincere gratitude to the United States (U.S.), the Biden-Harris Administration, and the U.S. Congress led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for the $3.5 billion emergency funding commitment they secured forthe efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global...

Regional Communities and Civil Society Consultation on the Next Global Fund Strategy DATE: 9 December 2020 TIME: 14h - 16h (Bangkok); 12.30h - 14.30h (Delhi); 13.30h - 15.30h (Yangon); 15h - 17h (Manila) A virtual regional community and civil society consultation, as part of a broader regional CS Engagement Roadmap, will be co-convened by APCASO/APCRG and GFAN Asia Pacific, and in partnership with regional key populations and CSO networks and platforms: ACT! AP, Regional Malaria CSO Platform, GMS, APN+, APNSW, APTN, ICW...

In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation, as per the announcement of the convenor and International Steering Committee members of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR10), the APCRSHR10 has evolved from an in-person conference to an ongoing virtual series: #APCRSHR10 Virtual. The #APCRSHR10 Virtual is being hosted every fortnight in the form of 14 online sessions - each of about 90-120 minutes duration - during June to December 2020.  #APCRSHR10 virtual features thematic online sessions with plenary speakers and top-ranking...

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a moment of solidarity. It is a day to remember trans people – disproportionately trans women of colour – who have passed, often having fallen victim to systemic forms of anti-trans violence. In particular, TDoR is an occasion to acknowledge and recognise the tremendous resilience that trans communities throughout the world demonstrate in the face of high levels of violence and marginalisation.  Our communities continue to engage in vital movement building and socially transformative work...

On the 5th of November, Raine Cortes, Senior Project Manager at APTN, participated in the Hội nghị Cộng đồng Lgbtiq Cùng Vươn Xa - Stronger Together Summit 2020 and presented the findings from our Key Population Research and Advocacy (KPRA) study together with our country partners SCDI. The summit brought together nearly 140 #LGBTIQ leaders, activists, their parents and allies, UN families, Embassies, NGOs, private sectors, healthcare providers, psychologists and government agencies from across Việt Nam. During the three days of...

In line with the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), ASHM, IHRI and FHI will host a webinar that will facilitate cross-country sharing of health practices, policies and laws, including pathologization that continues to deprive trans people access to gender affirming and general healthcare and to live authentically as themselves ,especially in this times of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Date: 22 October 2020Time: Bangkok/Jakarta (13:00), Sydney/Melbourne (17:00),Brisbane (16:00), Auckland (19:00), Manila (14:00), Kathmandu (11:45), Colombo...

Our Senior Project Manager Raine Cortes will be speaking at the virtual Asian Stigma & Discrimination Forum 2020 on 14 October, a global educational program on strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination around #HIV. As shown by the significant and increasing reports of cities and countries achieving the 90-90-90 targets and beyond for the majority, HIV is now a treatable infection. However, large groups of individuals either still remain undiagnosed, or are diagnosed but do not seek care. This is likely due...

On the occasion of World Mental Health Month 2020, UNDP Thailand and Equal Asia Foundation is launching Mental Health of LGBTI+ persons Month with a virtual webinar - a panel discussion, community sharing and roadmap for collaborative action. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our region and continues to do so. Besides the mortality and morbidity related to the pandemic, the economic slowdown, poor healthcare responses and lockdowns have resulted in historically marginalized communities including LGBTI+ bearing...

The current public health crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19, is a global emergency with far-reaching social, economic, and ecological implications for us all.  There is clear and growing evidence that State responses in the delivery of healthcare, the implementation of lockdown measures and policies designed to mitigate economic consequences have disproportionate and discriminatory impacts on marginalised groups.  The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC and deepens existing imparities...