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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.

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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.


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.

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The Yogyakarta Principles were first created in 2006, primarily at an expert meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The intention was (and remains) to apply international human rights law to sexual orientation and gender identity. The new 2017 Supplement extends the Principles to formally also include sex characteristics and gender expression.

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