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IDAHOT 2016 country reports: China


On May 17th, the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute started the “All Gender Toilet Project” in Beijing to encourage gender-friendly businesses, UN branch offices, and local NGOs to put up a new toilet sign to publicly demonstrate their embracing of gender diversity and gender equality. Later this month, the organisation will publish the initial version of the Gender Friendly Map. Up to now, …

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IDAHOT 2016 country reports: Jordan


In Amman, an IDAHOT community event brought together some 40 people. The day’s agenda included a play of Lesbian girl coming out, a lecture on the legal framework  in Jordan, a lecture on the global focus issue “Homophobia  and Mental health”, an interview with a transgender girl, and a lecture on HIV. Though held in total confidentiality, the event was important …

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International Women’s Rights Network AWID marks IDAHOT 2016


In commemoration of IDAHOT AWID invited a range of trans and intersex activists to reflect on the importance of cross-movement building for the advancement of rights. From organisers: While some progress has been made in recent years in recognizing trans and intersex persons’ rights, such as the Gender Identity Law passed in Argentina in 2012, there have also been strong setbacks like …

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International Organisation for Migrants marks IDAHOT 2016

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Communiqué from IOM Switzerland – Today, 17 May, marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This day is a reminder of the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, including migrants, around the world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and …

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