Gender Identity at the United Nations | Human Rights Council side event

Gender Identity at the United Nations Side Event

  • Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room XXVII
  • Tuesday, 27 September 2016
  • 14:30 – 16:00


Transgender issues have historically occupied a relegated place within gender issues. However, human rights violations faced by transgender and gender non-conforming people are intrinsically related to the different ways in which gender is defined and regulated in different societies, and to the impact of those definitions and regulations at the level of bodies, sexualities and identities. In the work of the United Nations, including that of the Human Rights Council, gender identity and gender expression should be integrated whenever discussions on gender take place.


• Discuss the correlations between gender identity and broader gender human rights concerns
• Discuss how gender identity can be centralised and integrated in the work of the UN on gender
• Explore regional perspectives on gender identity in relation to gender integration and mainstreaming, including best practices and strategies
• Analyse the approach of the Treaty Bodies on gender identity, and discuss strategies on how to advance gender identity issues in the Treaty Bodies


Welcome and Moderator

• Zhan Chiam, Gender Expression and Gender Identity Programme Officer, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA), Geneva, Switzerland


• Mauro Cabral, Co-Director, Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE)
• Eszter Kismodi, International Human Rights Lawyer, Geneva, Switzerland and Director of Advocacy, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), India
• Sheriff Mothopeng, Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Gender Dynamix, Cape Town, South Africa
• Kseniya Kirichenko, UN Programme (Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures), International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA), Geneva, Switzerland