Support the development and strengthening of transgender networks in six countries and regional network
APTN is supported for two years (2014-2015) by the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund. APTN has successfully established working relationship with country partners and synergizing the networks priorities with the partners.
Partnership began in Malaysia with Justice for Sisters and in Thailand with Thai Transgender Alliance in 2014.
Thai Transgender Alliance, Thailand - Together with ThaiTGA, an up-to-date transgender sensitive manual for transgenders and conscripting military officers including a short video was developed. This resource includes guiding principles and practices for conscripting individuals with ‘gender identity disorder’ which is standardised and respects human rights of transgender people.
Justice for Sisters, Malaysia - We partnered with JFS and held a consultation with trans-led organisations to developed a strategic plan right after the 'cross-dressing' case to look into ways for transgender to mitigate for their safety following several arrest cases. IEC materials and videos were developed. We also supported the organisation development and advocacy priorities.
In 2015, APTN partnered with:
Blue Diamond Society, Nepal - The Blue Diamond Society sprang into action a few days after the quake and organised a camp specifically for sexual and gender minorities. In communal tents, transgenders – both transgender males and females – felt safer. Since the quake, Blue Diamond’s care and support centre has been preparing food for community members on a daily basis. We worked with BDS to provide relief for transgender people affected by the earthquake.
Naz Male Health, Pakistan - The activities include capacity building exercises which include components but are not limited to; Orientation of Human rights and its’ relevance with TG population in Pakistan; Planning human rights promotional events for TGs by TG organizations working in Pakistan; convening a one-day national level consultation with transgender leaders, activists and community members to highlight gaps and barriers to accessing health-care.
Astitva, India - The main themes of the project is to promote, protect and empowerment mechanism; promote legal framework and institutional mechanisms; improve social protection and social support for transgender people; promote formation of Transgender Welfare Board (replicating the Maharasthra Model) in all states. The activities include; Rights-based workshops in 5 states, 1 state level advocacy and building evidence-based "monitoring partnerships" with state level Secretariat Officials and State Legislators.
CamASEAN, Cambodia - National Transgender Community Dialogue and Consultation . The discussions focuses primarily on issues that affect transgender people in their homes, families, community, school and workplace, throughout the life cycles. The consultation provides an opportunity to follow up on some of the recommendations made in the 2014 Cambodia Country Report, on “Being LGBT in Asia”, and to update on programs and projects that are working specifically with transgender people.
The Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans Persons and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific
The Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans Persons and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific is a much-needed publication that will provide public health officials, community led organizations, clinical service providers and more with complete transgender health information. This publication is in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP), along with support from Linkages. The Blueprint is an adaptation of the PAHO Trans Health Blueprint, which focuses on the Caribbean and other Anglophone countries.
The purpose of the Blueprint is to strengthen and enhance the policy, clinical and public health responses for trans people in Asia and the Pacific. It is expected that the Blueprint will improve access to competent primary and specialized care for transgender people in the region. It will also help to promote the health of trans persons in Asia and the Pacific as it will identify the healthcare needs of the population. This publication is essential as there is no official trans health guide in Asia and the Pacific. However, this publication comes as the third regional Trans Health Blueprint.
The Blueprint details what the health issues are for the region and also includes recommendations for progressing trans health and human rights. Activists will be able to use the information in the Blueprint as evidence to push for changes within their own countries.
The Blueprint was a consultative process, engaging trans communities, stakeholders and experts. In order to complete the Blueprint, we had three regional consultations. Two of these took place in Bangkok while the other one took place in Nepal. After the Blueprint has been finished, funding has been set aside to create advocacy toolkits for selected countries to help turn it into local action plans.