The seventh edition of the United Nations Trans Advocacy Week [TAW] will take place in June-July 2023. This year, we are delighted to returning to host the event in person in Geneva!
What is UN Trans Advocacy Week?
United Nations Trans Advocacy Week (UN TAW) is a collective project by non-governmental organisations, offering trans activists a platform to make their voices heard on a global scale and in international human rights spaces. It's a chance to bring attention to the challenges and discrimination faced by trans and gender-diverse people, and to promote equality, acceptance, and understanding.
Since 2017, UN Trans Advocacy Week (UN TAW) has been bringing trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders to Geneva, Switzerland, to take part in the UN Human Rights Council during the June/July session.
What is the UN Human Rights Council?
The Council is made up of representatives from 47 member countries responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. These representatives meet regularly to discuss various topics related to human rights, such as freedom of speech, the right to education, and equality for all people. Find out more information on ILGA World’s website and UN Human Rights’s Council (OHCHR) website.
Who is participating in the Trans Advocacy Week?
From 2020 - 2022, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Trans Advocacy Week was held virtually. However, this year we are delighted to be hosting the TAW in person once again, with 14 participants coming from Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
United Nations Trans Advocacy Week 2023 is being co-organised by the following organisations:
Why is Trans Advocacy Week important for the trans movement?
Trans Advocacy Week is about helping participants enhance their understanding of international advocacy mechanisms. It provides a fundamental opportunity for trans and gender-diverse community leaders to engage in international advocacy, delve into ways in which human rights defenders can engage with UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, and interact with senior UN officials and Special Procedures mandate holders.
Participants are supported in enhancing their understanding of international advocacy mechanisms and identifying ways to strengthen their local advocacy through engaging and interacting with relevant UN bodies and mechanisms.
Do you have any other questions about Trans Advocacy Week? Let us know!