08 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) was launched in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand as the first and only Asia Pacific regional transgender network advocating for the rights of transgender people and their legal recognition. Since 2009, APTN has slowly and steadily with strong support of various transgender activists, groups, networks, allies and organizations have moved collectively towards establishing as a strong network, building its growth to achieving goals that foster societies that uphold, respect, and protect the diversity, safety, equality and dignity of transgender people.
The APTN is registered in Thailand as a regional transgender network in the Asia Pacific region. On 22 September 2015, the APTN announced it’s new Thai Foundation Board (TFB) and its Regional Steering Committee (RSC) through its web page www.weareaptn.org.
The APTN is pleased to announce that from 28 September – 2 October 2015, the Governance and Strategic Development Planning Meeting was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Thai Foundation Board and RSC determined their responsibilities and functional relationships as a governing bodies of APTN.
The APTN RSC are pleased to announce the functional roles of its newly appointed members as follows;
· Chairperson Abhina Aher – INDIA
· Vice Chairperson Phylesha Brown-Acton – NEW ZEALAND
· Secretary Chase Tolentino – PHILLIPPINES
· Treasurer Nada Chaiyajit – THAILAND
· Executive Member Sulique Waqa – FIJI
The term served by the current APTN RSC will be for three years (2015 – 2018) with yearly rotation of responsibilities. Profiles of the APTN RSC are attached as an annexure for your reference. The RSC will continue to support Thai Foundation board and the APTN secretariat to achieve APTN goals and ensure the stronger transgender movement in the region.
The meeting was funded by the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund and supported by UNDP, UNAIDS and International HIV/AIDS Alliance. It was facilitated by Sarah Zaidi.
On behalf of APTN RSC, TFB and Secretariat, we welcome your input and look forward to your kind support and coordination in future!