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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 in 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.

UN TAW 2023: 7th Edition

UN TAW 2022: 6th Edition

UN TAW 2021: 5th Edition

UN TAW 2020: 4th Edition

UN TAW 2019: 3rd Edition

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UN Trans Advocacy Weeks 2019

    Events and statements by trans activists at the 3rd Session of UN Trans Advocacy Week(s), taking place over 3 weeks this year, 24 June – 12 July 2019.

UN TAW 2018: 2nd Edition

  • 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

  • Trans Advocacy Week at the United Nations

    From June 17 to 22, 23 trans activists from 19 countries will meet in Geneva for Trans Advocacy Week 2018. This ground-breaking initiative has been organised by APTN, GATE, ILGA, RFSL and TGEU.

  • Side Event: UN Human Rights Council 37th Session

    Gender, Depathologization & Human Rights The UN has documented a range of violations against trans people, including, inter alia, killings, attacks, sexual assault, police violence, arbitrary detention, forced medical treatment, lack of legal gender recognition, abuses of sexual and reproductive rights, as well as discrimination in the areas of education, access to public facilities and… Read More »Side Event: UN Human Rights Council 37th Session

UN TAW 2017: 1st Edition