Monday, June 18, 2018


Side event at Human Rights Council 38th Session

Mainstreaming gender identity and expression
in feminist and gender equality work

Date: Monday, 18 June 2018
Time: 3 – 4.30 pm
Location: United Nations in Geneva: Palais des Nations, Room XXIV

 

Organisers:
Asia-Pacific Transgender Network
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
GATE 
RFSL - the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights
Transgender Europe

Co-sponsored by AWID 

Speakers:
Vaito'a Toelupe (Samoa)
Rukshana Kapali (Nepal)
Islem Mejri (Tunisia)
Eszter Kismodi (Switzerland) 

Moderator: Joshua Seehole (South Africa)


Feminist movements have been in existence for over a century, and women’s rights have advanced in national and UN spaces, including in various resolutions and the establishment of agencies working specifically on the rights of women and girls. However feminist movements have not always been inclusive of trans movements and identities, and in some cases can be openly hostile, especially to people with trans feminine identities and expressions. Partly as a result of this, trans movements and feminist movements have not always worked together on shared objectives. 

This panel will discuss how, in the 21st century, transgender rights can and should be a central part of gender equality and gender rights work, and how the concept of gender can broaden to be more inclusive of diverse identities, linguistic and cultural differences and terminologies. The panel will also reflect on the reasons behind framing gender and gender equality as only pertaining to “women and girls” both in feminism and the international human rights framework, especially the impact colonialism. 

The panel will look at responsibilities that various stakeholders have in creating inclusive approaches, spaces and policies, including feminist and trans activists and organisations, generalist human rights organisations, UN agencies and governments. The speakers will discuss the importance of broadening the scope and understanding of what gender is, including problematizing the gender binary that our systems are built on. They will also touch upon the importance of intersectionality and working across movements and agendas.