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GATE Statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

GATE  marks today the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, proclaimed on December 12, 1997, by the UN General Assembly.[1]. We stand in solidarity with all victims, calling for the effective implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

GATE Message on the International Day of Action for Women’s Health

On the International Day of Action for Women’s Health GATE joins the international community in the struggle to affirm women’s right to health. In his last report, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture called for human rights violations to be addressed through a gendered and intersectional lens. We share that call today by affirming the
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37TH GLOBAL FUND BOARD MEETING

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) was founded in 2002 as a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises around US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. Every
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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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Depathologization

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.

Trans issues in the international HIV response

We are a key stakeholder in HIV activism. Our HIV/AIDS-related advocacy has focused on contributing to expanding trans participation in international HIV activism, as well as the inclusion of gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues in the work of donors, official agencies and institutions, and international organizations working on HIV.