What’s on TGEU’s agenda this autumn?
Summer has been a busy period for us as we have been preparing the usually hectic autumn season. See what is coming up and may be see you soon at one of the numerous events all around Europe!
Autumn starts off with this year’s highlight, the TGEU Capacity Building Seminar in Edinburgh, Scotland 11-12 Sept. We are excited to meet trans activists from more than 20 organizations from all over Europe and to learn together with you on how to make trans advocacy work even better! On 12 Sept the Scottish Parliament is hosting a reception for the participants as well as local trans activists. Cheers! We were overwhelmed with the number of applications for this event, proving its necessity. For those not attending the seminar, there will be a short clip produced! So watch out for it on these pages.
We are eagerly waiting for Human Rights Watch to present the HRW-report “Controlling bodies, denying identities” on the situation of trans rights in the Netherlands, scheduled for 15 Sept . Main focus point is the requirement to undergo gender reassignment surgery and becoming irreversibly infertile as a precondition to legal gender recognition. The research was done and the report was written in close collaboration and support of Transgender Network Netherlands, the foundation Transman and the Schorer Stichting.
On 19-20 Sept TGEU will participate at the EU Commission Conference “Equality between women and men”. It has been a long-standing political demand from TGEU and other human rights organizations that the European transgender movement is represented shaping EU gender equality policies.
The EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights invite governments, national equality bodies and trans organizations to the Roundtable “Rights to equality, life and security of the person: bridging the gap for transgender people” in Vienna, 22-23 Sept.
We are proud to have a truly global panel discussion “Trans Rights are Human Rights” in Berlin on October 5th. The event is a collaboration of the Hermann Boell Foundation and TGEU’s research project “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide – TvT”.
On 17 October, TGEU member Hatter is organizing a one-day seminar on strategizing LGBT rights in Hungary. TGEU will be present, linking the current debates on strategic litigation in Europe and eagerly learning on issues at stake in Hungary.
On 12 October the EU Commission holds a Stakeholder Seminar “The Future of Families” in Brussels. The seminar is free. See the link for more information and contacts for registering.
Turino, Italy will host from 27 -30 October ILGA-Europe’s 15th Annual conference “Human Rights and “Traditional Values”: clash or dialogue?” TGEU will present together with Human Rights Watch their findings of a report on the situation of trans people in the Netherlands. We hope to meet lots of you trans activists at the conference! After the conference, the steering committee of TGEU will have a meeting on 30 Oct – 1 Nov, kindly hosted by local member organization Groupa Luna.
And, to mark well in your calendar, ILGA-Europe will organize a strategic litigation training session on transgender rights on 10 December in Brussels. A call for applications will be issued soon. More information will be available in short time!
Thus, we hope to see you on the one or other occasion – be it in real life or in the virtual world!