Since 2015, ILGA World has had a dedicated programme to advance the rights of trans people by strengthening work at the global and regional levels. We do so by working closely with our partners including member organisations, utilising our networks in Geneva and New York at the United Nations, and continuing to work closely with UN and international organisations.
We have been part of milestone achievements, such as the removal of pathologising trans categories in the International Classification of Diseases in 2018, the creation and renewal of the first UN Independent Expert on SOGI, and as a co-founder of the UN Trans Advocacy Week, a coalition of trans-led organisations and programmes bringing trans human rights defenders to Geneva annually since 2017.
Since 2016, we have published the ILGA World Trans Legal Mapping Report, a global overview of legal gender recognition laws and processes. Our 2019 edition will also include criminalisation laws (de jure and de facto) that impact on trans people worldwide.
Firmly rooted in coalition building and feminist principles, the programme strives to situate gender identity and expression within broader gender rights struggles, and has been part of the LBTI and Women's Caucuses at the annual Commission on the Status of Women since 2017.