Working internationally on gender identity, gender expression and bodily issues
Our involvement in the International Human Rights system aims to end human rights violations based on gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues, including those of criminalization, exclusion, violence, stigma and discrimination.
In September 2016, the Human Rights Council designated Vitit Muntarbhorn as the first UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). He is tasked with assessing the implementation of international human rights law with regard to ways to overcome violence and discrimination against persons on the basis of their SOGI, and to identify and address the root causes of violence and discrimination.
We are working to increase our involvement in the International Human Rights system to facilitate the introduction of gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues in the international human rights framework with an emphasis on addressing violations related with: (a) HIV; (b) trans* and intersex pathologization; and (c) stigma, violence and discrimination.
In January 2017, trans* activists from 5 continents, including our Executive Director, Mauro Cabral, met with the Mr. Muntarbhorn in Geneva, Switzerland to bring attention to issues facing trans* and gender diverse people and communities. This was a historic meeting as it was the first discussion convened by and for trans-led organizations in order to interact with UN Special Procedures. In the words of our Executive Director, Mauro Cabral “[This] is a vital step in the global movement for trans rights.”
Be an advocate for the inclusion of gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues in the international human rights framework, and supporting trans*, gender diverse and intersex activism at the UN.