This new programme continues and expands our work on gender identity and expression and adds new coverage specifically on sex characteristics, working in strategic allyship with our member organisations.
Human rights violations for trans and intersex persons root in the assessment that violence, discrimination, and prejudice against persons of diverse SOGIESC have a common cause: the cis-endosex-heteronormative, ableist, cultural, medical, and social model in which gender and sex are perceived as binary, mutually exclusive, medically normative, or a consequence of a person’s particular body.
Rooted in feminist analysis, the programme seeks to expand ILGA World’s work in the field, build bridges, and strengthen allyship with feminist and women’s movements.
Meet Chamindra Weerawardhana and Eliana Rubashkyn, who are shaping our new Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme!
From Sri Lanka, Chamindra Weerawardhana has some fourteen years of international experience in research, teaching, political lobbying, human rights advocacy, and specialist consultancies. Her work as an intersectional feminist activist has focused on decolonial approaches to feminist organising and knowledge production, with a commitment to the promotion of intersectional justice.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia and currently in Aotearoa New Zealand, Eliana Rubashkyn is a human rights activist, harm reduction educator, and science researcher, with more than 12 years of combined experience as a scientist, a pharmacist, and as an intersex human rights advocate.
Together, they are working on our new Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme, created in 2020 out of ILGA World’s ever-growing engagement with intersex communities, our ongoing commitment to trans people’s rights and the recognition of the many common root causes to the challenges that these communities face.
We look forward to further expanding our work in the field and contributing to dismantle hatred and prejudice!