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APTN WAS LAUNCHED IN 2009, WHEN A GROUP OF TRANSGENDER WOMEN FROM VARIOUS ASIA AND PACIFIC COUNTRIES CAME TOGETHER TO CHAMPION THE HEALTH, LEGAL AND SOCIAL RIGHTS OF TRANS WOMEN. IN 2011, A TRANS MAN DREW ATTENTION TO THE NEED TO ADVOCATE FOR TRANS MEN AND JOINED THE APTN BOARD.

Over the years, APTN has worked to build relationships with trans communities, organizations, governments, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders throughout the region.

APTN’s reports and publications have helped guide social policy reform and human rights advances for trans people in many countries including China, Pakistan, and Nepal. Today, APTN is a leader in advocating for the rights of trans and gender diverse people throughout Asia and the Pacific.

The Team

The Asia and Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) was launched in 2009, when a group of transgender women from various Asia and Pacific countries came together to champion the health, legal and social rights of trans women. In 2011, a trans man drew attention to the need to advocate for trans men and joined the APTN Board. Over the years, APTN has worked to build relationships with trans communities, organizations, governments, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders throughout the region. APTN’s reports and publications have helped guide social policy reform and human rights advances for trans people in many countries including China, Pakistan, and Nepal. Today, APTN is a leader in advocating for the rights of trans and gender diverse people throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Regional Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the body that establishes and oversees the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of APTN ensuring that its activities and finances are managed in a responsible manner and in accordance with its strategic plan. The Steering Committee members are representatives from the countries that APTN works with and provide important partnerships and insight into the particular country’s trans and gender diverse communities.

Thai Foundation Board

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network’s Thai Foundation board oversees the finances and assets of the Foundation. They are responsible for presenting activity reports, financial reports, balance sheets and income and expenditure accounts to the Ministry of Interior as required by law. With assistance from the Secretariat, the Thai Foundation Board oversees all work permits and work visas for non-Thai staff.

Secretariat

The APTN Secretariat is based in Bangkok and carries out the administrative and programme development of APTN. There are four distinct departments which include Programmes, Finance, Human Rights and Advocacy, and Communications. These departments are responsible for ensuring that the activities, programmes and daily functioning of the programs aligns with APTN’s mission. The responsibilities of the secretariat include programme development, conference and event planning, generating publications, partner relationships and international relations, and facilitating collaboration between regional partners and international stakeholders.

Advisory Board

The APTN Advisory Board consists of individuals that are deeply involved in trans and gender diverse work and the board offers important insight and guidance to APTN. The Advisory Board members are selected by through a formal process and service on the Board for 2 consecutive years.

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