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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Joe Wong, Programme Manager [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5850" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]As APTN's Programme Manager, Joe Wong oversees the institution and programme development of the network; resource mobilisation, communications and media, establishing partnership and collaboration with international, regional and national partners, and policy development. He has prior experience in working with NGOs, CBOs and UN agencies. He was previously a board member of APTN.[/vc_column_text][/qodef_elements_holder_item][/qodef_elements_holder][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Our Secretariat [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [wcp-carousel id="5767"] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Rena Janamnuaysook [Thailand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5837" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Rena is a Thai transgender woman advocating for health and human rights of transgender people and other key populations. She has extensive local, national and international backgrounds in working with HIV and AIDS organizations. Rena provides technical and organizational capacity development assistance to the USAID-funded and GFATM-funded civil societies. She obtained a bachelor degree in political science from Thammasat University, Thailand and a master degree in international public services from University of Birmingham, United...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Thitiyanun Doy Nakpor [Thailand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5851" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Doy is a Thai transgender woman activist, who has over 15 year experience in trans advocacy. After her university graduation, Doy joined M Plus organization in Chiang Mai as Transgender woman activists, focusing on health and sexual health, HIV and AIDS. Currently she hold the position of the Director of SISTERS Foundation in Pattaya, which is the only transgender community-led organization in Thailand working on transgender health and other issues. Doy aims to...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Mitch Yusof [Malaysia] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5497" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Mitch Yusof has over 20 years of social service volunteer experience and 9 years of social service working experience in HIV prevention, care & support with trans communities. In 2014, he co-founded SEED, the first trans-led community based non-profit organization in Malaysia. Working closely with the transgender community in addressing their issues, needs and concerns by providing capacity and skills building and information, advocate on the diverse spectrum under the transgender community and...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Hua Boonyapisomparn [Thailand/ USA] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5496" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Hua as people know her, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organizations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organizations to international organizations and networks. Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of several transgender organizations - locally, nationally in Thailand, and internationally. This includes being the first transgender program supervisor of Sisters, a program under supervision of Population Services International (PSI Thailand),...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Phylesha Brown-Acton [New Zealand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5498" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Phylesha is a champion for the rights of sexual minority groups within the Pacific and Fakafifine of Niuean decent. She is also a volunteer for the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) and was instrumental in the set up of its secretariat, Phylesha previously has a background in the HIV/AIDS sector in regional, national and international roles, which is still an extension of her current advocacy and work. She is currently pursuing a...

Joint Statement on Trans Advocacy Week at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session Sixteen trans and gender diverse activists from fifteen countries across all regions of the world - including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean - participated in the first Trans Advocacy Week at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historical event was a joint initiative organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for...

A Malaysian court decision that made a ban on cross-dressing illegal last year is now being challenged in court. Last November the Malaysian Court of Appeal ruled that a Shariah law criminalizing Muslim transgender people in Negeri Sembilan state was unconstitutional. The state government is now trying to overturn that decision. On January 27, 2015, the Negeri Sembilan state government will try to “obtain leave” to appeal the earlier decision by convincing a five-judge panel that its case is worth hearing....

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on 20 November, is a day to memorialize the transgender men and women who have lost their lives to hate crimes and violence during the previous year. TDoR is also serves to highlight and bring public attention to anti-transgender violence and murder, to publicly mourn the violence inflicted on our community and the lives of the people we have lost, and to remind cisgender people that we are their siblings,...

Research by Winter (2012) has speculated that 0.3 percent of the adult population in Asia and the Pacific may be trans. Using 2010 UN population data, he calculated that there may be between 9.0 and 9.5 million trans people in this region. Available data consistently show that trans women are disproportionately affected by HIV. They are more likely to be HIV positive than the general adult population. A 2013 meta-analysis of studies published globally between 2000 and 2011 shows that...