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Forums for Dignity (FDI) Pakistan released an official statement and review on trans inclusion for election 2018 in Pakistan with you all. It has been very encouraging to see transgender citizens participating in political and electoral process despite some administrative gaps and challenges they faced through out. FDI's #Transvote campaign has been one of the highlights for this entire phase of transgender electoral process and attracted the attention of all major media outlets including BBC, Reuters, Aljazeera, Guardian, APF, and many...

  APTN would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Sulique Waqa for serving on the Regional Steering Committee of APTN.   Sulique joined APTN’s Regional Steering Committee in 2015 and has worked closely with the APTN secretariat and Thai Foundation Board to provide her unique insight to achieve APTN’s goals and strengthen the transgender movement in the region.   Sulique is an important member of APTN and contributed greatly to carrying out the work that APTN has done including providing input to the...

Consultancy Title: Legal Gender Recognition (LGR) National Consultant in Fiji – Conduct a legal and policy assessment on legal gender recognition in Fiji Location: Fiji (open to Fiji nationals or those residing in Fiji only) Organization: Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Language Required: English Duration and Length of Contract: 20 working days within August 2018 to March 2019 Application Deadline: 17 August 2018 Project and Reference: US-DRL / S-LMAQM-17-GR-1190   Background:   The Pacific, particularly Polynesia, has a long history of gender diversity including culturally specific terms such as Fa’afafine (Samoa),...

    AIDS 2018 is a week away! The conference consists of hundreds of events and incredible opportunities to learn about the work that is being done by communities, researchers, academics, and government throughout the world. We’ve collected some details on the sessions and workshops that are led by and concerning our trans global family as well as starring (*)  the sessions that focus on the Asia and Pacific region.   You can view the full conference schedule online.   If you would like to get in...

In June 2018, over 120 people from the Asia and the Pacific Region came to Bangkok to participate in the Pride in the Humanitarian System Conference. The conference included humanitarian actors, community consultations, and action planning on how to promote LGBTIQ rights in resilience-building, response, and recovery interventions in humanitarian settings. The Pride In The Humanitarian System conference was produced by a range of Asia Pacific HIV and LGBTIQ community networks as well as various international agencies, and the organising coalition...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PRESS RELEASE  29 June 2018   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 was organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="6659" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]Bangkok, Thailand   The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is pleased to announce the selection of Joe Wong as its Executive Director effective immediately. The appointment was made after a highly subscribed search and recruitment process.   “We’re exceptionally pleased that Joe has taken on this leadership role,” said Phylesha Brown-Acton, Co-Chair of the Regional Steering Committee. “His broad knowledge of trans issues coupled with years of experience working communities in the region, and past contributions to the growth of the...

  In a historic moment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released the official version of the ICD-11 in which all trans-related categories were removed from the chapter of Mental and Behavioral Disorders. In response to the achievement, Joe Wong the Executive Director of APTN stated that “the removal of trans-related categories from the ICD chapter of  Mental and Behavior Disorders is a great accomplishment and reveals the decades-long work that trans people have been working for globally. This is a necessary...

Background Recent reports and research studies offer a glimpse into the lived experiences of trans people worldwide. Together they paint a picture of stigma, prejudice and discrimination, as well as, for many, harassment, abuse and violence. The impact is that trans people are often edged out onto the margins of society where they experience poor health and wellbeing outcomes. Available data consistently show that HIV disproportionately affects trans women with a pooled prevalence of 17.7 percent between 2000 and 2011 across low-...

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network, launched in 2009, is the regional network advocating for the health, legal and social rights of transgender women and men in the region and globally. To build a robust, resilient and self-reliant trans movement, APTN implements programmes and initiatives at both country and regional levels for transgender and gender diverse people as well as policymakers, health care practitioners and providers, international agencies, and donors.   The Key Population Research and Advocacy (KPRA) Project aims to advance the...