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 2022: 6th Edition
UN renews crucial human rights expert mandate on sexual orientation and gender identity
The UN Human Rights Council once again reaffirms its commitment to combating discrimination and violence on the grounds of SOGI, and reminds all States of their obligations towards LGBT and gender-diverse people.
UN Trans Advocacy Week 2022 – Gender Justice, Peace, and Security
Applications are open to trans and gender-diverse activists for UN Trans Advocacy Week 2022: Gender Justice, Peace, and Security, which takes place virtually during the 50th Human Rights Council.
UN TAW 2021: 5th Edition
Trans rights at the UN: activists and States chart ways forward
At the close of the 47th Human Rights Council and the 5th UN Trans Advocacy Week*, we have seen a significant increase in diplomatic missions engaging with issues relating to trans rights.
Trans Advocacy Week 2021 Supporters
The Trans Advocacy Week partners would like to thank those organisations who signed up as supporters to Trans Advocacy Week 2021. Your endorsement of the work that we are doing at the UN is invaluable to us. Trans Advocacy Week 2021 Supporters Advocates for Grassroot Empowerment, Northern Nigeria Anantmool Foundation, India ARELAS – Asociación de… Read More »Trans Advocacy Week 2021 Supporters
An Affirmation of Feminist Principles: Sign on the statement
Women, feminist, LGBTIQ+, and trans-led organizations have come together to reaffirm core feminist principles – sign on now!
Protect Trans Women’s Rights – UN HRC47
In a historic first, today 27 States called on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently protect the human rights of trans people, especially trans women.
HRC 47 Side Event – Feminist and LGBTI Movements: Uniting is Our Strength
Join us on 7 July for the side event “Feminist and LGBTI Movements: Uniting is Our Strength” at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council.
Trans Advocacy Week 2021: In support of the IE SOGI report on gender
During HRC47, UN Trans Advocacy Week 2021 partners made a statement in support of the IE SOGI’s report “The Law of Inclusion”.
HRC 47 Statement: Special Rapporteur on Health
Statement by Trans Advocacy Week 2021 partners during the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to Health.
Trans Advocacy Week 2021: trans activists worldwide come together during the UN Human Rights Council
For the fifth year in a row, trans & gender diverse activists globally will come together for Trans Advocacy Week at UN Human Rights Council.
HRC 47 Side Event: Defending the Lives of Transgender Women
Join us on June 23 at 3pm CET for UN Trans Advocacy Week Side Event on defending the lives of transgender women.
UN TAW 2020: 4th Edition
Banning conversion therapies – Protecting LGBTI persons from harmful practices
Join us on 15 July at 3pm CEST for the Human Rights Council side event discussing banning conversion therapies.
Intersex rights at the Human Rights Council
Join us on 14 July at 1.30pm CEST for the Human Rights Council side event discussing human rights violations against intersex persons.
Where did the money go? How the COVID-19 crisis drains trans funding worldwide
Join us on 2 July at 4pm CEST for UN Trans Advocacy Week webinar on how COVID-19 crisis is draining trans funding worldwide
On The Road: advancing trans and gender diverse depathologization
Join us on 25 June at 2pm CEST (English) / 7pm CEST (Spanish) for UN Trans Advocacy Week webinar on advancing trans and gender diverse depathologization.
187 organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak
Today, GATE joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak
UN Trans Advocacy Week 2020: Joint Statement
In June 2020, Trans Advocacy Week will take place virtually. More information will be released soon!
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
Joint Statement on Trans Advocacy Week at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session
Sixteen trans and gender diverse activists from fifteen countries across all regions of the world – including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean – participated in the first Trans Advocacy Week at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.