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Trans Advocacy Week 2021: trans activists to unite

Graham Robson June 22, 2021

For the fifth year in a row, trans and gender diverse activists from all over the world will come together during the June/July session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, to raise awareness of the human rights situation of their communities with diplomatic missions and UN bodies in Geneva.

The UN Trans Advocacy Week is a collective project of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)GATEILGA Worldthe Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL), and TGEU. First held in 2017, the initiative has supported dozens of activists to address trans people’s human rights at the UN, and to increase their visibility and leadership in decision-making processes at the international level.

In 2021, due to restrictions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Trans Advocacy Week will happen virtually with activists holding a series of private meetings with human rights bodies and country missions, as well as engaging in a series of public events to raise awareness of key issues affecting trans communities worldwide.

During these discussions, activists will address the ongoing epidemic of violence against trans women and discuss how specific socio-economic issues are affecting people of diverse gender identities and expressions. Moreover, they will present positive examples of how cisgender and trans activists have long been working together in feminist movements to advance the rights of all women, despite hostile narratives claiming otherwise.

If you are a trans-led / LGBTQ+ organisation, CLICK HERE to sign on as a partner for UN Trans Advocacy Week 2021.