Venus Aves (she/her) is a Junior Consultant to ILGA World’s United Nations programme.
She is a transfeminist activist from the Philippines pursuing a Master's in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action with a concentration in gender studies at Sciences Po. She has been a consultant working with NGOs on transgender health, SOGIESC inclusion, and HIV and AIDS. In her previous roles as Law, policy and research intern at Outright International and Gender program assistant at the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, she engaged UN treaty bodies and special procedures on issues related to gender, criminalisation, and capital punishment. She also worked as a Communications intern at ILGA Asia and led campaigns to help shape narratives on gender and sexual diversity in the region.
She is a member of the UN Human Rights 75 Youth Advisory Group, which developed the Youth Declaration that was presented at a high-level event for the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She is also the Director for strategic communications of PANTAY, a youth-led lobbying movement for LGBTIQ-responsive laws in the Philippines, and a member of the Advisory Council of Balur-Kanlungan, an online wellness community for Filipino LGBTIQ youth that she co-founded.
Venus loves watching films and TV shows, and is constantly trying to improve her French to survive in Paris.