Strategic Objectives

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Objective 2
Objective 3
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Objective 5
Objective 6
Objective 7

Promote a Human Rights framework in response of trans women’s health, including HIV.

 

Rationale: Very often, responses to HIV are solely based on a test and treat approach, which in itself has the potential to violate Human Rights. It must be borne in mind that trans women are human beings, entitled to the same Human Rights afforded to others. Further, we are human beings functioning within particular social, political and economic realities. This said, it is important to recognize the intersectionalities that shape our access to health services. The law is often a barrier to accessing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for trans women. For this reason, we must ensure that trans women’s health promotion initiatives are underpinned by a Human Rights ideology.

 

Main Activities

 

  • Develop Human Rights briefs on trans women’s health and HIV
  • Integrate Human Rights framework in all IRGT activities
  • Disseminate briefs with key stakeholders and decision makers
  • Develop a communication strategy that ensures promotion of Human Rights framework
  • Develop brief on access to health for trans women
  • Advocate for transgender women’s Human Rights
  • IRGT members will identify and participate in venues and high-level meetings where trans women’s Human Rights can be promoted

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 1

 

  • Key stakeholders, decision makers, policy makers and transgender activists will have received Human Rights briefs on trans women’s health and HIV
  • IRGT members will have participated and/or supported and promoted participation of trans women at high level meetings, such as Global Fund regional consultations, PEPFAR COP processes, UNAIDS consultations, amongst others, to ensure inclusion of transgender women and human rights
  • Key stakeholders, decision makers, policy makers and transgender activists will have received briefs on access to health for trans women
  • Human Right framework will be incorporated in responses of trans women’s health, including HIV
  • Human Rights framework will be included in all IRGT activities, materials, presentations, advocacy, and policy documents will have included a
  • Transgender activist will be informed about Human Rights framework in response to trans women’s health and HIV

 

Ensure public health responses meet the needs of trans women at risk for or living with HIV

 

Rationale: It is important to recognize that this collective is comprised of individuals and organization working is varied contexts. These organizations work in different public health systems that are influenced by varied social, political, legal and economic realities. We must ensure that public health systems from different parts of the globe are conscious of trans women’s need for gender responsive public health systems.

 

Main Activities

  • Organize community events (such as a Trans Pre Conference at IAC) or opportunities where the IRGT can dialogue with trans women and trans led organizations
  • Document and promote available tools and guidelines on trans women issues when appropriate
  • Document and map gaps in trans public health responses
  • Monitor public health responses and assess inclusion of trans women
  • Map trans-led organizations and trans leaders across the globe
  • Identify and promote best-practices guidelines (for example, TRANSIT)

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 2

  • Regional and/or global events where trans women can dialogue, exchange, share and build community will be organized, hosted, and/or co-sponsor
  • Best practices will have been identified and promoted as case studies and lessons learned
  • Gaps in public health responses that do not include trans women’s health and HIV will be documented in briefs
  • Transgender women will be informed about the resources, actions, tools, and best practices to ensure public health responses meet the needs of trans women
  • Available tools and guidelines on trans women issues will be documented and promoted when appropriate
  • Meaningful involvement and participation of trans women at high level meetings (PEPFAR, Global Fund, UNAIDS, etc.)
  • Monitoring of public health responses will be documented as case studies and/or lessons learned

Assure equitable access to and distribution of resources

 

Rationale: In recent years, transgender advocates and their allies have had success in increasing funding for trans work. However, in early 2014, The Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) and American Jewish World Service (AJWS) published a study of 340 trans and intersex organizations that revealed that not enough funding is reaching these organizations to provide much needed services to the trans communities. The Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFHTM) new funding model has not met the needs of trans organization, making it an up hill battle to access resources. It is therefore important for the IRGT to focus its work on assuring equitable access to and distribution of resources for trans organizations to be able to carry their advocacy, human rights, and HIV work.

 

Main Activities

  • Monitor access to and distribution of resources
  • Map trans women’s resources needs on health, access to health, and HIV
  • Develop a global funding priorities brief for trans women on health and HIV
  • Assess capacity of trans women’s organizations to access funding and resources
  • Build strategic and sustainable alliances with key donors on trans women’s issues
  • Participate as a trans member of the Community Rights and Advisory Group at Global Fund

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 3

  • Access to and distribution of resources to trans organizations will be monitored and documented
  • Trans women’s resources needs on health, access to health, and HIV will be documented
  • A donor mapping document will be developed and distributed to trans organizations, partners and allies
  • Trans women will have participated and influenced the Community Rights and Advisory Group at the Global Fund
  • Global funding priorities will be documented and disseminated to stakeholders, funders and allies

Promote a multi-disciplinary trans-led and trans-specific research agenda

 

Rationale: Epidemiologic, administrative, and community-collected data regarding trans people remain concentrated in a small number of countries and regions in the Global North. High-quality data are particularly lacking: sampling bias, inadequate or invalid ascertainment of transgender status, and conflating of trans people with sexual minorities (e.g., men who have sex with men) are frequent limitations of existing data. Scaling up support for trans communities, as well as adequate funding to address trans women’s health and human rights, will require continued efforts to expand and improve data collection and methodologies.

 

Main Activities

  • Drive agenda to prioritize trans women’s research, participation, and dissemination
  • Develop a trans specific research agenda
  • Mobilize resources to fund trans-specific research
  • Disseminate agenda to key stakeholders
  • Disseminate data on trans research

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 4

  • A trans-specific research agenda will be developed, promoted, and disseminated to stakeholders, allies, researchers, and trans advocates
  • Trans women will be informed about the trans-specific research agenda in order to advocate for it
  • Researchers and research institutions and funders will be informed about the trans-specific research agenda and its priorities

Promote intersectionality of trans women’s issues with other groups

 

Rationale: Trans women experiences must be understood in intersectionalities that shape our social, legal and political realities. It is important to recognize how gender identity, sexuality, social discrimination, homophobia, policies and human rights abuses shape our access to health services and other social services. The law is often a barrier to accessing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for trans women.

 

Main Activities

  • Build alliances with other groups, organizations, and donors
  • Participate in international conferences (such as IAC), high-level meetings, etc.
  • Sensitize media to mainstream trans issues
  • Develop briefs on the intersectional nature of trans women’s issues
  • Utilize social media to mainstream trans women issues

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 5

  • Trans women will have participated in international conference to call attention to intersectionality issues
  • A brief on intersectionality of trans women’s issues will be developed
  • Trans women advocates will be informed about and understand trans women’s intersectionality issues to better serve and advocate for trans women’s issues
  • Trans women will have the skills and resources to partner with allies to address intersectinality issues

Empower and build capacity of trans women and trans organizations

 

Rationale: Trans women and trans organizations have not received the needed support to fully carry their work. In many instances, transgender organizations operate with limited funding, weak organizational structures, and overworked staff. It is crucial to empower and build capacity of trans women and trans organizations to improve access to resources, improve advocacy work to influence policy makers, improve provision of services, better community organizing and overall organization development.

 

Main Activities

  • Develop training curriculum and provide training of trainers (ToT) for trans women
  • Adaptation of trans specific guidelines to promote, train, and build capacity of trans women and organizations
  • Training on organizational development (such as governance, leadership, program management, etc.) to strengthen organizations’ capacities, structure, and governance
  • Mentor local community leaders/ organizations to foster empowerment

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 6

  • Training curriculums and training of trainers on different areas will be developed and implemented for trans women
  • Trans-specific guidelines will be adapted to promote, train, and build capacity of trans women and trans women organizations
  • Local community trans women leaders will be mentored to foster empowerment and leadership
  • Trans women and trans women organizations will be empowered to advocate for their rights, meaningful participation in decision making process, and policy development, amongst other areas

Host the Trans Pre-Conference at IAC every two years

 

Rationale: Trans women and trans organizations have been practically invisible at the International AIDS Conferences and pre conferences since the first conference was held in… The MSMGF has been a great partner in including transgender issues and limited sessions in its MSM preconference over the last few years, but it is important for trans women to host our own pre conference to celebrate, network, share, organize, advocate and have a meaningful and powerful presence as a pre conference and throughout the IAC. What a better place to host the first Trans Pre Conference at the 21st IAC in Durban, South Africa.

 

Main Activities

  • Fundraise to secure funding to host a one day pre-conference event
  • Identify regional and local partners to coordinate activities, support planning and hosting of events to strengthen the reach, capacity, and status of the event
  • Plan pre conference
  • Ensure inclusion of trans-specific content of sessions, workshops, presentations, and discussion
  • Form Pre-conference committees for Programs, Logistics, Implementation to ensure a timely planning and hosting of event
  • Organize pre-conference event

 

Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation for Objective 7

  • Report of one-day Trans Pre-Conference at the IAC will be issued every two years
  • Transgender women advocates, researchers, funders, allies and other stakeholders will be informed and understand trans women’s health, HIV, human rights, sexual health, and other trans related issues
  • One-day Trans Pre Conference event will have hosted between 100 and 200 trans advocates, stakeholders, and allies
  • Information, knowledge and expertise will be shared between participants to influence HIV policy on trans women health issues and HIV
  • Between 10 to 20 sessions on transgender women’s health, HIV, human rights, intersectionality, research, and sexual health, among other topics, will be covered during the pre-conference