UN Trans Advocacy Week (TAW) is an international advocacy initiative launched by five core partners:
- TGEU (Transgender Europe);
- RFSL (Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights);
- GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality);
- APTN (Asia-Pacific Transgender Network); and
- ILGA World (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association).
Since 2017, TAW has brought trans and gender-diverse community leaders to UN spaces in Geneva to engage in international advocacy, delve into ways in which human rights defenders can engage with UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, and interact with senior UN officials and Special Procedures mandate holders.
For 2022, the core partners are delighted to launch a public call to select participants for the 6th edition of TAW, which will take place virtually during the 50th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The theme for this year is “Gender Justice, Peace, and Security“.
This call is aimed at trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders with an interest in enhancing their understanding of international advocacy mechanisms and identifying ways to strengthen their local advocacy through engaging and interacting with relevant UN bodies and mechanisms.
Taking into account the ongoing challenges to international travel, TAW 2022 will be held online. The programme for participants will include workshops on UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and UPR Processes, as well as providing opportunities to make statements at Human Rights Council sessions and take part in closed-door meetings with senior officials, including Special Procedures mandate holders.
Throughout the proceedings of TAW 2022, interpretation will be provided in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, and Russian.
Are you a passionate trans or gender-diverse human rights defender looking for an opportunity to increase your engagement with UN human rights mechanisms in an international setting? If so, we welcome your application to attend TAW!
Apply for TAW
We encourage applications from trans and gender-diverse people with multiple intersectional identities, including (but not limited to) Black, indigenous and Latinx people and people of color, D/deaf and disabled people, people from a migrant background, and sex workers, as well as applicants from Global South1 countries.
To submit an application, please complete the application form below. The process of submission will take approximately 30 minutes. Please answer all questions.
Only short-listed applicants will be notified. Deadline to apply is 21 March 2022 at 23:59 CET.
1 ‘Global South’ refers to countries outside Western Europe and North America. This term also includes marginalized indigenous communities all over the world.