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Meet Erika Castellanos, our new Director of Programs!

GATE welcomes today Erika Castellanos, who is joining us this week as our new Director of Programs.  Erika is a trans woman from Belize and recently moved to the Netherlands. She has been engaged in trans and HIV advocacy at the local, regional and international levels.

GATE Message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. On this day, GATE condemns the mutilation of young girls and women to fit religious, social or cultural norms. We also condemn all forms of genital mutilation and, in particular, genital mutilation of intersex infants and children. Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) is routinely performed
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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the global diagnostic resource. Trans* people are severely psycho-pathologized in the current version of the ICD used in most countries. Similarly, intersex people face human rights violations directly derived from ICD – in particular, the erasure of their bodily integrity and decisional autonomy.

Movement building

We work to create a radical expansion of political organizing on gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues at the local, national, regional and international levels, so that activists participate in all decision-making processes affecting their communities. We also contribute to the production and circulation of reliable data and critical analysis on funding dynamics affecting trans* and intersex activism.

United Nations

Our involvement in the international human rights system aims to end human rights violations based on gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues, including those of criminalization, exclusion, violence, stigma and discrimination. We work to facilitate the introduction of gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues in international human rights frameworks.