Asia Pacific Transgender Network: Regional Strategic planning and Partners Capacity Building workshop, December 2016

Asia Pacific Transgender Network: Regional Strategic planning and Partners Capacity Building workshop, December 2016

Expanding the Circle:
A multi-country workshop series on comprehensive trans healthcare

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is excited to announce multi-country 3-day workshops to participate in the international ongoing dialogue surrounding the World Health Organisation’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) and its pathologisation of gender identity. The ICD classification of trans identities as a mental disorder contributes to the stigmatisation, discrimination, and misrepresentation of trans people. The workshops will provide participants the opportunity to develop meaningful skills to effectively mobilise, debate and influence healthcare providers, policy-makers, and the public.

The interactive workshops offers a unique experience to learn about the history of ICD terminology and the impact of pathologisation. Each workshop will focus on country-specific information on the pathologising of trans identities and its impact on trans community access to transitional and primary health care. Participants will work with healthcare providers to develop a national action plan for improvement to the provision of healthcare for trans people within the country.

APTN is among many human rights advocates, international organisations, academics and health officials advocating for the reclassification of trans identity-related diagnoses from the ICD. The reclassification of transgender identity is a necessary step to reduce discrimination and improve access to gender-affirming healthcare for trans and gender diverse people. The involvement of both activists and health providers in this workshop seeks to foster critical collaboration and engagement between these key actors. Each country workshop will develop a substantive healthcare action plan that upholds dignity, protection, and justice for trans communities.

These workshops will provide an important contribution for the Asia and the Pacific region in global dialogues on depathologisation of gender identities.

Country Workshop Dates
Indonesia       18-20 July
Timor-Leste   24-26 July
Singapore      3-5 August
Vietnam         7-9 August
Malaysia        17-19 August