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The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) has been closely monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and thinking about how it is affecting the lives of the communities, and the critical work that the trans and gender diverse movement does.  We listened to our partner organisations through our COVID-19 rapid needs assessment, where they expressed concerns about continuing to work for their communities, caring for their health and safety, whilst managing the financial and emotional strain of the coronavirus disease...

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is a regional network of organisations, groups, and trans human rights defenders committed to the advancement of trans rights and health. In 2020, APTN wants to review the progress made towards the Strategic Framework (2018 - 2020) to see the difference our work has made since the beginning of 2018, and to develop our plans for the future. Centering on the perspectives of the trans community ensures that our work reflects their realities. We...

Asia Pacific, like many other regions across the world, is witnessing an unprecedented health emergency with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the implications of which will be devastating and long-lasting for those at the margins of the society, including trans and gender diverse people. On this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), we remind all stakeholders, especially decision-makers in the government, the national human rights institutions and United Nations (UN) human rights bodies, and donors, to recognise the unique vulnerabilities of...

Date: 27 March 2020 We are writing to you in the midst of a global pandemic that is evolving rapidly by the hour. The Asia Pacific Transgender Network has been closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and thinking about how it is affecting the lives of the communities, and the critical work that the trans and gender diverse movement does. Following the global health guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), APTN is taking prudent steps to protect the wellbeing of...

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="7786" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Regional Mapping Report on Trans Health, Rights and Development in Asia This Mapping Report highlights recent steps taken at a regional level to improve trans people’s access to comprehensive health care, including gender-affirming health services. It also outlines the purpose of the From Bridges to Barriers conference and how this report would be used in health and policy discussions. DOWNLOAD PDF[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6879" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Denied Work: An audit on job discrimination on the basis of gender identity in South-East Asia Discrimination and lack of equal employment opportunities are common experiences of trans people. For some, problems arise while they are already employed, especially when they are trying to engage in a social transition in the workplace. For many, however, problems arise at the job hiring stage. Identification documents and educational certificates often ‘out’ trans people, even when their physical appearance does...

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6990" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] From Barriers to Bridges: Full Meeting Report This report details the full sessions and events of the From Barriers to Bridges (FB2B) Conference held in September 2017. In this report, each session is highlighted to provider greater detail of the dialogues that occurred surrounding trans health. Read the full report to learn about the current situation and access to trans health services throughout the region from trans community members, health providers and policy makers.   DOWNLOAD PDF[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[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...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6921" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1541454436457{background-image: url(https://www.weareaptn.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Screen-Shot-2018-03-12-at-5.28.52-PM.png?id=6541) !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Increasing Access to HIV and other Health Services for Trans People in Asia In September 2017, APTN brought together over 150 people from over 14 countries to participate in the first regional trans-focused conference to discuss trans health and rights. This report highlights the current efforts and challenges throughout the region to support transgender communities and ensure their greater participation in the delivery of services and research. The event was supported by the United States...

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...