The Asia Pacific Transgender Network Foundation

Bangkok, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Bangkok, 10110 Thailand

Mission Statement

Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) provides a platform for trans and gender diverse people to engage in community-to-community learning, build organisational capacity through workshops, and develop programme planning, implementation and evaluation of projects. APTN works with a range of partners, globally and across Asia and the Pacific, to support, organize, and advocate for comprehensive healthcare and the protection of legal, social, and human rights for trans and gender diverse people. These collaborators include trans communities, academia, the health sector, multilateral and bilateral agencies, governmental organisations and NGOs, donors, and other stakeholders. Since its founding in 2009, APTN has published several key reports, policy and technical briefs, in partnership with other community-based groups and multilateral organisations, that have been used to inform policy and laws.

About This Cause

The Asia and Pacific Transgender Network was launched in December 2009, when 15 transgender women from 10 Asia and Pacific countries and regions came together to champion the health, legal and social rights of transgender women. A milestone in the history of transgender people in the region, they demanded recognition as a distinct demographic group with their unique needs, separate from the MSM umbrella. Since it was founded in 2009, APTN has grown to become a credible platform and voice for transgender people in Asia and the Pacific, working to ensure that their needs and rights are represented politically, socially, culturally and economically. The network serves as a platform for transgender people to advocate for access to health, legal gender recognition, legislative reform, social justice and human rights and to exchange information and strategies with each other. APTN addresses transgender specific issues including vulnerability to gender-based violence, stigma and discrimination, risks for HIV infection, and health issues stemming from almost complete lack of access to appropriate health and medical care. APTN recognises the issue of HIV affecting the lives of transgender people and advocates for improved access to appropriate prevention, treatment and care services, linked with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Network has published several key reports, policy and technical briefs in partnership with other groups and multilateral organisations highlighting key issues affecting transgender people and has developed a set of recommendations to protect and promote transgender rights. APTN envision a society that upholds, respects, and protects the diversity, safety, equality, and dignity of trans /transgender people, the mission of APTN is to mobilize and advocate for the human rights of trans/transgender people in the Pacific and Asia Region.

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network Foundation
120/1, 2Nd Floor, Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei
Bangkok, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Bangkok 10110
Phone 020066670
Twitter @weareaptn
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