International Rights-Based Advocacy for Health of Transgender

Transgender people are unable to have utmost possible health status. In terms of health care services, extensive disparities and barriers exist for the transgender. Compared to general population, trans population face more violence and harassment. Also they have more possibility of having HIV contamination. These things leads them to have mental health concerns such as depression and attempted suicide. They have to face discrimination in terms of health care facilities. They receive discriminatory treatment by health care providers and less number of trained provides for trans people. Trans are even refused by many national health systems and health insurance programs.

The trans people are marginalized legally, economically and socially through various socioeconomic determinants. These determinants include employment, education, housing, and relationship recognition; police harassment etc. Few years back, trans people didn’t even get legal recognition in their true gender due to document policies. They even have to face violence such as racism, violence against women, and poverty. In spite of the magnitude of the challenges they face, trans communities around the world are building alliances to promote trans health, fighting to end the violence and invisibility that erase trans lives, and organizing for policies that respect gender diversity and the full human rights of trans people.

This paper represents 16 case studies submitted by organizations from nearly a dozen countries. It reflects the examples of efforts to develop the surroundings of trans people’s lives. The organizations are local, national, and international advocacy organizations; health care facilities; and the World Health Organization.


(2011). Transforming Health: International Rights-Based Advocacy for Trans Health. Open Society Foundation.

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