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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 the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL), and Transgender Europe (TGEU)

UN Trans Advocacy Week 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.

5th UN TAW: June - July 2021

4th UN TAW: June - July 2020

3rd UN TAW: 24 June - 12 July 2019

Press Release: Renewal of IE SOGI Mandate

Geneva, July 12, 2019 – In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Press Release: 3rd UN Trans Advocacy Week

In an unprecedented effort, 16 defenders from 15 countries participated over the three weeks of the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva from 24 June to 12 July – a historic landmark in trans and gender-diverse participation at UN level advocacy.

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2nd UN TAW: 17-22 June 2018

Trans activists advocate for their rights at the United Nations

The second UN Trans Advocacy Week gathered together 23 trans and gender diverse human rights defenders from 19 countries for the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historic event was a joint initiative by a trans-led collaborative work, centering trans activism and issues at this significant, global arena. It

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1st UN TAW: 5-9 June 2017