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Dear APTN friends,

Approaching the Trans Day of Visibility on the 31st of March, we have good news coming from our advocacy department. 

Our Human Rights and Advocacy Manager, Madhura Chakraborty and Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Officer, Nhuun Yodmuang attended Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development as LGBTI constituency and APTN’s representative to address issues faced by the LGBTI people in the Asia Pacific region. On this occasion, we delivered key demands statement from the LGBTI constituency to be reviewed by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2022: SDG 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 14 (Life below water), 15 (Life on Land), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The video about our key demands speech as well as the original text will be available here.

Other than that, we will have an Instagram LIVE event collaborating with ASEAN SOGIE Caucus to present some updates on human rights and advocacy matters for trans people in Southeast Asia. Stay tuned via Instagram through @aseansogiecaucus or @weareaptn. We hope to see you there!

In this newsletter, we also feature some of the events celebrating TDoV around the region. How do you celebrate TDoV? Tell us more!

APTN wishes you a happy Transgender Day of Visibility!


APTN Delivered Key Demands in Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2022
Our Human Rights and Advocacy Manager, Madhura Chakraborty and Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Officer, Nhuun Yodmuang attended APFSD as LGBTI constituency and APTN’s representative to address issues faced by the LGBTI people in the Asia Pacific region. Nhuun Yodmuang delivered key demands statements from the LGBTI constituency.

[EVENT] Close Up Conversation with APTN on Transgender Day of Visibility
On the upcoming Transgender Day of Visibility, let’s have a conversation and celebrate our trans siblings’ accomplishments and the updates of human rights and social justice for trans people in Southeast Asia. Join us on “Close Up Conversation on Transgender Day of Visibility 2022" with APTN on Thursday, 31 March 2022, 5:00 PM BKK/JKT Time via Instagram Live on @weareaptn and @aseansogiecaucus

Zero Discrimination Day 2022
On Zero Discrimination Day this year, under the theme “Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower”, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action against discriminatory laws. As a response, APTN would like to present some of the statistics about transphobia and discrimination in the healthcare setting that we did in Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Centering Trans Women’s Voices on International Women’s Day 2022
Transgender women face systemic discrimination in almost all areas of life, including in education, employment, housing, and the provision of health care. On top of it, the exclusion of trans women in the women’s movement is still prevalent. Hence, we need to listen to their voice and always include trans women in women’s and feminist spaces. 
[NEWS] Google removes JAKIM’s gay conversion app from the Play Store
An app developed by the Islamic Development Department (JAKIM), a federal government agency in Malaysia as a conversion therapy platform for LGBTQIA+ people has been taken off the Google Play Store. The removal came after Google received complaints. The app has since received backlash from human rights groups and LGBTQIA+ activists. 
Submission deadline: 12 April 2022 

Urgent Action Fund A&P is seeking a Resource Mobilisation Associate. The Resource Mobilisation Associate handles the activities of our resource mobilisation systems. The candidate will provide administrative services, systems management, and ensure seamless daily operations of all processes.

SOUTH ASIA - The Youth Pact
The Youth Pact organized an event to celebrate TDOV. They created a webinar discussing opportunities and constraints for next leadership of young transgender people.

Learn more 
PACIFIC - Haus of Khameleon's TDoV Event
This year, for the very first time in Fiji, the Haus of Khameleon is excited to honour Trans Day of Visibility 2022 including celebrating this event alongside allies, family & siblings.

Learn more about the event
INDONESIA - TDoV Video by Sanggar Swara
Every March 31, we commemorate TDoV or Transgender Day of Visibility. Vanessa Chaniago will tell a story about her experience being a transwoman struggling to get access in multiple areas of life. The full story will be available on March 31, 2022.

Learn more
NEPAL - Queer Youth Group Nepal's #PassTheGIBill Campaign
In 2021, 39 LGBTIQ+ organization across Nepal visualized An Act regarding Gender Identity, 2021. This year on International Transgender Day of Visibility, we call for the draft bill to be enacted as law.

Learn more
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