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UN Trans Advocacy Weeks 2019

Human Rights Council - 41st Session

UN Geneva, 24 June – 12 July 2019


Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination based on SOGI and the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Advocates


In this statement, trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders participating in this year’s Trans Advocacy Week urged member States to collect and analyse disaggregated data on issues affecting trans and gender-diverse people – including access to education, employment, health, housing, safety, and justice, as well as intersectional discrimination and violence.

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Health and the Special Rapporteur on Leprosy

In this statement, trans and gender diverse activists participating in Trans Advocacy Week expressed their concern for mental health care used as weapon in the form of forced institutionalization and treatment against trans and gender diverse people: “As affirmed by the World Health Organization, our gender identities and expressions aren’t pathologies to be treated but healthy manifestations of human diversity.

Panel Discussion on Women’s Rights and Climate Change: Climate Action, Best Practices and Lessons Learned

In this statement, trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders participating in this year’s Trans Advocacy Week called on member States to accept the impact that climate change has as a form of gender based violence that is legitimised by States, exploited by corporations for profit, and will result in the catastrophic decimation of the most marginalised populations including LGBTIQ persons that do not have the resources to survive.

Download the statement. There is no video available as, due to the panel running over time, this statements was not delivered during the session.

Side Event

Why renew the mandate of the SOGI IE? Focus on Gender Identity and Human Rights

Wednesday 3rdJuly 2019 | 09:00-10:00 Geneva local time (GMT=2) | Room XV, Palais des Nations

Download full event details and watch the Live Stream of this event on GATE’s Facebook Page.

This side event, co-sponsored by the Argentina and the UK, will address gender identity issues in the context of the mandate of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender iIdentity (IE SOGI), highlighting advances made since the start of the mandate to date, as well as issues to be addressed in the future -including transphobic violence, socioeconomic justice, legal gender recognition and access to reparations.