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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) marks World Health Day on April 7th. Every year, this WHO Day has a different theme; in 2017 the theme is Depression: Let’s talk. According to WHO, “more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015”. All around the
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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.
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.
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.