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Human Rights

Human rights violations based on gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics have received insufficient attention from the international human rights system. In a moment when that attention is more needed than ever, GATE is working to change this situation by increasing the meaningful engagement of trans, gender diverse and intersex activists with the United Nations, and by expanding human rights frameworks to be fully inclusive.

We do this through:

  • Partnering with networks, organizations and activists working at the UN.
  • Supporting trans, gender diverse and intersex participation in UN processes.
  • Engaging with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
  • Supporting the Mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI and reporting to UN Special Procedures.
  • Participating in the development conceptual and normative frameworks to include gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics in the international human rights system, such as the Yogyakarta Principles+10.
  • Collaborating with UN Agencies, including UNDP and UNAIDS.

Programs / Projects

Anti-Gender Movements

GATE is focused on increasing the capacity of trans, gender diverse and intersex communities to respond to anti-gender movements operating at the international, regional and national levels. Across the globe, trans, gender diverse and intersex (TDGI) people are being targeted by anti-gender movements operating at the social, political and institutional level. These movements are trying to restrict or deny access to human rights, including autonomy and self-determination, depathologization, mental and bodily integrity, legal gender recognition and gender affirming healthcare, informed consent, sanitation, and freedom from discrimination and torture.

Read more about our work on Anti-Gender Movements

UN Trans Advocacy Week

UN Trans Advocacy Week is a joint initiative driven by trans-led collaborative work, centering trans activism and issues at this  significant global arena. It is organized annually by GATE, TGEU, APTN, ILGA World and RFSL. It takes place in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council in June/July each year, providing a fundamental opportunity to highlight trans related issues on a global stage, where historically they have been ignored, invisibilized and subsumed into the framework of advocacy centering on sexual orientation.

Read more about Trans Advocacy Week