Linking Sustainable Development Goals to Trans Work

SDGs and trans communities

Linking the SDGS to trans and gender diverse work

The majority of trans and gender diverse activists and organizations devote an extensive amount of time and efforts in their daily schedules and work tasks to the thematic areas captured in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, they are not framing their work as such. There are multiple connection points and linkages to be made that can directly and indirectly connect organizational work to better ensure that no one is left behind.

The following documents should assist activists and advocacy organizations to engage more meaningfully, through the SDG framework, with governments and government agencies to get the latter to buy into the work that activists and advocacy organizations do.

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The SDGs & Trans Engagement: A Toolkit

The trans and gender diverse community and SDGs 1 & 3

What is the purpose of this tool?

This toolkit will provide a broad introduction to the SDGs, while focusing particularly on SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and its linkages to trans and gender diverse populations and advocacy.

For whom is it intended?
  • The organization’s staff responsible for advocacy and who attend advocacy meetings, nationally and regionally
  • Board members before the next annual plan, or strategic planning
  • Regional meetings, specifically those with advocacy on the agenda.
How should it be used?
Use this toolkit as one of the components when planning an important campaign. This toolkit should go hand in hand with national campaigns, such as, but not limited to, legal advocacy, national, regional or international advocacy.

Technical Brief

Sustainable Development Goal 1 – No Poverty

Introductions

Indirectly, most or all activists and organizations focusing on trans and gender diverse work deal regularly with consequences of poverty, regardless of whether it is in light of providing assistance to community members seeking jobs or in need of shelter, food or access to health care. Poverty in its entirety is an underlying element of most trans-related advocacy.

However, organizations do not always frame their work with the language familiar to the United Nations or its 2030 Agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are countless examples to demonstrate how the work ties in with the SDGs.

This brief takes a look at what the SDGs are, what the focus of SDG 1 is, and how activists and advocacy organisations can engage with their relevant governments on the topic of trans and gender-diverse persons in light of SDG 1 – No Poverty – in a way that allows government to meet its SDG targets and activists and advocacy organisations to meet their mandates. This brief argues that through the SDG framework, activists and advocacy organisations can engage more meaningfully with governments and government agencies.

Technical Brief

Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Health & Well-Being

Introductions

Health and well-being is often central to the work of activists and organizations that focus on trans and gender-diverse individuals. But how does this work tie in with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 3: Health and Well-Being?

This brief takes a look at what the SDGs are, what the focus of SDG 3 is, and how activists and advocacy organizations can engage with their relevant governments on the topic of trans and gender diverse health in a way that allows governments to meet their SDG targets and activists and advocacy organizations to meet their mandates. This brief argues that, through the SDG framework, activists and advocacy organizations can engage more meaningfully with governments and government agencies and get the latter to buy into the work that activists and advocacy organizations do.

Report on Poverty

Impact on Trans and Gender Diverse Communities

Introduction

The trans and gender diverse  population is disproportionally disadvantaged, due to discrimination and injustice, and the result for trans and gender diverse people across the globe is poverty. This report on poverty within trans and gender diverse communities globally sets out to emphasize the interconnectedness of sustainability, livelihood, economic [in]dependence and the impact of poverty indicators on HIV responses, health and well-being.

The report will highlight the following three factors, contributing to the poverty indicators in the trans community globally:

  1. Identity documents (gender marker and/or name change, and related bureaucracy)
  2. Education
  3. Employment
For whom is it intended?
  • The organization’s staff responsible for advocacy and who attend advocacy meetings, nationally and regionally
  • Board members before the next annual plan, or strategic planning
  • Regional meetings, specifically those with advocacy on the agenda.
How should it be used?
Use this toolkit as one of the components when planning an important campaign. This toolkit should go hand in hand with national campaigns, such as, but not limited to, legal advocacy, national, regional or international advocacy.
Linking Sustainable Development Goals to Trans Work
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