Gender Identity and Gender Expression Program
In 2015, ILGA launched its Gender Identity and Gender Expression Program. The Program is guided by the Gender Identity and Expression Strategy which you can see here. As the only global federation of LGBTI organisations and as one of a few LGBTI organisations based in Geneva lobbying the United Nations, the Program represents trans* struggles and issues at the international level. ILGA also supports local trans* movements through its collaborative work on legal gender recognition, health and community building.
For any queries feel free to contact Zhan Chiam the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Program Officer.
ILGA Gender Identity and Gender Expression Strategy 2015
- While recognising that Legal Gender Recognition is a priority for many countries, also recognising that in others, the more urgent priorities are employment, housing and income disparity/poverty.
- Continue to build bridges and relationships between ILGA and the Trans movements worldwide, through
- Assessing what the needs of the Trans communities worldwide are
- supporting and not duplicating the work of local, regional and global Trans-led organisations and programs
- respecting regional differences in priorities and needs
- being a conduit of information on Trans issues and opportunities which recognises that many organisations and activists are voluntary or work on part time bases and therefore are less able to access these
- supporting Trans self-organisation with the help of ILGA’s regional structures
- positive and visible participation in worldwide meetings, conferences and events
- Recognising that gender identity and expression also includes those who identify as third gender or non-gendered and to be inclusive in this respect.
Trans community support and leadership
- The GI&GE Officer supports the global Trans movement through peer review of documents and publications of partners, organise and also provide input at conferences, meetings and events and disseminate information useful to Trans activists and organisations.
- Promote Trans leadership (individual and organisational) by
- Connecting Trans activists to training, learning and development.
- Identifying where no or weak Trans self-organisations exist with the aim of supporting their emergence and development with the help of ILGA’s regional structures
- Raising awareness amongst donors and funds to support Trans projects
Publications and research
- Explore research areas which would benefit Trans communities and ways to strengthen advocacy and activism through targeted research projects.
- Produce publications and reports on topical Trans human rights, including an annual situation report/policy paper to be used as an advocacy tool at the UN (Human Rights Council and other fora). Work in consultation with consultants and other Trans organisations to make sure publications do not overlap.
- Create a global database of Trans groups and activists to be accessed for networking purposes, beginning with information available from the ILGA membership database.
Public awareness campaigns
- Together with the Trans Secretariat and ILGA’s communications staff, create publicity campaigns on Trans human rights issues in order to raise awareness in the general public on Trans. The campaigns can be global, regional or local and should be regionally relevant, taking into account existing campaigns and consulting with local groups.
Increase Gender Identity and Expression awareness in organisations
- Increase awareness of Trans issues in generalist organisations (including general or other thematic human rights NGOs, and LGBT and LGBTI organisations) and settings through:
- providing training where possible, including to ILGA’s staff and board
- participating in conferences and events and speaking on Trans issues
- connecting event organisers or organisations to other Trans groups that can provide training
- In recognising that many organisations work locally even if they also work regionally, explore ways to help them influence, engage and interact with their governments on Trans issues which have local importance. This could take the form of:
- Engagement at the UN
- Sharing data on the human rights records of comparative countries on the same issues
- Connect local groups with groups in comparative countries working on the same issues
- Train (or organise training for) local groups in utilising UN mechanisms in order to lobby their governments
Work at the United Nations
- Through collaboration, engagement and support with other organisations, strategically and systematically engage various aspects of the UN, such as the Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review, Special Procedures, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to advance Trans human rights.
- Continue ILGA’s Universal Periodic Review work which includes:
- Contacting ILGA members and partners whose countries are coming up for review to notify them about relevant deadlines and to see if they wish to make submissions
- Assisting local organisations connect with each other, and work together with the aim of single consolidated submissions if possible. This includes collaborating with other partner organisations involved in the UPR process.
- Preparing statements in collaboration with other NGOs during the adoption of UPR reports at the Human Rights Council.
- Assisting activists by:
- Giving them technical advice on drafting submissions
- Supporting them, when possible, to come to Geneva to talk to government representatives, participate in different lobbying opportunities and talk to other International Organizations
In doing all these, to provide organisations with strategies on bringing Trans specific issues to each UPR submission when relevant. For example, to systematically focus on the right to health and depathologisation as prioritised in the ILGA Strategic Plan 2014-2018.
- In ILGA’s emerging work on Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, the GIGE Officer is to disseminate advocacy opportunities on Trans issues while working with the ILGA UN team, in identified medium to long term thematic human rights areas (eg. Health, Economic, Social and Cultural rights). This can be done through:
- The ILGA membership base generally
- The identified Trans-led organisations and those with Trans programs (ILGA members and non-members)
- The SOGI mailing list
- Trans mailing lists
- A database of organisations working on different thematic human rights issues
Through this, to work with activists in interacting with these mechanisms in strategic and systematic ways, including those visiting Geneva for Treaty Bodies sessions, so that GI&GE issues are visible in a well-planned and well-consulted manner.