Soy una mujer trans de América Latina

Igual a ti, tengo sueños, deseos, responsabilidades y derechos.

Pero en mi país no se reconoce el derecho a mi identidad de género, y esto me excluye de la educación, el trabajo, la justicia, la vivienda, la política, la salud… de una ciudadanía plena con todos los derechos.

También tengo miedo. Cada año, se reporta el asesinato de más de 200 personas trans en América Latina. Más del 80% de los casos reportados en el mundo.

La inmensa mayoría de estas muertes quedan impunes.

Me aterra que el mismo Estado controle mi vida con detenciones arbitrarias, torturas y extorsiones y permita asesinatos y violencia transfóbica.

Sin derechos, sin mi identidad reconocida, soy más vulnerable al VIH y a la pobreza.

La Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Personas Trans (Redlactrans) y la International HIV/AIDS Alliance han lanzado la campana ‘Igual a Ti’.

©Enrique Restoy and Monica LeonardoNuestra campaña demanda que nuestras autoridades aprueben una ley de identidad de género que nos garantice el derecho a ser lo que una o uno es.

Somos igual a ti.

– Si quieres unir personalmente tu voz a la campaña aquí puedes firmar nuestra petición a los gobiernos de América Latina.

– Si tu organización o institución quiere apoyar la campana institucionalmente, envíanos un correo a [email protected]

– Click here to read this page in English

I am a transgender person. I am just like you!

I am a transgender woman living in Latin America.

©Enrique Restoy and Monica LeonardoJust like you, I have dreams and wishes, responsibilities and rights.

But we differ in one way, my country does not recognise my gender identity. As a result I am excluded from enjoying education, health, work and my full rights as a citizen.

I experience fear. According to reports, every year, over 200 transgender people are killed in Latin America. This is over 80% of the world’s reported cases.

Hardly any of these murders get investigated.

I am afraid because the State itself controls my life through illegal detention, torture and extortion and by allowing transphobic violence to go unpunished.

My rights and my gender identity are not recognised and because of this I am more vulnerable to HIV and poverty.

The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People (Redlactrans) and the Alliance have launched the ‘Just Like You’ campaign.

The campaign urges our national governments to pass gender identity laws to guarantee right of every citizen to be who they are. Argentina has already passed this law – the first in the region.

Because we are just like you!

– If you want to take action as an individual, please use the form below to email governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

– If you represent an organisation or institution and wish to endorse the ‘Just Like You’ campaign, please send an email to [email protected]

– Pulse aquí para la acción en español

Show your support for the Robin Hood Tax

The ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign supports the Robin Hood Tax, also known as the Financial Transactions Tax.

The aim of the tax is to generate billions of pounds to fight poverty in the UK and overseas. A tiny tax of just 0.05% on financial transactions could generate £20 billion annually in the UK alone.

What could the Robin Hood Tax do for HIV and health?

There are many ways the Robin Hood Tax could be used to invest in health – here’s just two:

– 4.5 million people living with HIV can’t access the treatment they desperately need. The Robin Hood Tax could help deliver life saving anti-retroviral drugs to these people.

– TB is a curable disease. Yet 1.8 million people died from TB in 2008. Small change from the banks can provide the cure.

Find out more about how the tax could help the international HIV response.

Watch our video on the difference the Robin Hood Tax could make to accessing antiretroviral drugs in Uganda:

Tell the EU: take the lead to end AIDS

A few weeks ago, we asked you to demand the EU to take the lead to end AIDS.

We wanted the EU to play its part in “creating an AIDS-free generation” and make this clear in its policy and financial mechanisms.

We wanted the EU to renew its Programme of Action for HIV, TB and Malaria, or at least develop a Global Health strategy which would address the three diseases.

And thanks to your efforts, the EU has reacted!

The European Commission (EC) has assured to us that a Programme of Action on Global Health will be ready in early 2013 and that civil society will be able to contribute to it. The EC has also guaranteed us that the principles of the ‘EU Programme for Action to confront HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis 2007-2011’ will continue to guide the EU response to the three diseases, notably when it comes to responding to the needs of key populations.

The EC has also reassured us that HIV remains a priority for the EU; that the EC will sustain its contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GF) in the coming years; and that it will call on other donors to step up their contributions to the GF.

This is good news, but now we are working with all major European organisations that work on health to get the broadest endorsement possible to make sure that the European Union:

1) Includes specific and measurable objectives on HIV and AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in the new Programme of Action on Global Health. And that the plan underscores the importance of a human rights and community based response to HIV and in broader health.

2) Continues to provide leadership by allocating additional funding to meet the urgent needs of the Global Fund before the International AIDS Conference in July 2012; and calls on EU Member States to live up to their pledges and to ensure the Global Fund continues to work in lower and middle income countries (where the bulk of the epidemic is).

3) Upholds its commitment to allocate at least 20% of its official development aid to health and education and introduces a European financial transactions tax (FTT) that raises additional resources for development, health and HIV.

4) Strengthens human rights-based financing mechanisms for communities who are at higher risk of HIV, TB and Malaria in those countries that the Global Fund will no longer be funding, including middle-income countries.

5) Includes concrete measures in the new Programme of Action on Global Health to increase policy coherence for development across the EU’s trade, external action and development and human rights policies, ensuring that its trade agreements do not undermine the rights of people to access affordable essential medicines.

Thank you for your support, we will keep you posted!

Commonwealth law reform: THANK YOU! THIS ACTION HAS NOW

Thank you for taking action to demand reform of discriminatory laws that undermine HIV treatment and prevention.

This unjust legislation includes laws which discriminate against people living with HIV, or criminalise drug users, sex workers and homosexual or transgender people.

Together we sent over 18,000 emails and letters to Commonwealth Ministers of Foreign Affairs, putting unprecedented pressure on the Commonwealth and its institutions to make legal reforms for a better response to HIV.

With your help we have succeeded again!

Foreign Affairs Ministers from across the Commonwealth met in New York on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly last Saturday (29 September 2012) and agreed to adopt in full the outstanding recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG).

Thanks to your support the recommendation to “take steps to encourage the repeal of laws that may impede the effective response of Commonwealth countries to the HIV/AIDS epidemic” has been taken seriously.

This was by far the most contentious recommendation made by the EPG. We are grateful that with your help we managed to get it through.

It is vital now to maintain momentum as we move into the implementation stage of the Commonwealth reform process. Our next challenge is to ensure that the Commonwealth Secretariat include this work in their organisational strategic plan which they are currently developing.

To find out more on the Commonwealth Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting in New York please read:
Ministers take steps to strengthen the Commonwealth
Foreign Ministers agree on Draft Commonwealth Charter and EPG Recommendations

This action was supported by Peter Tatchell Foundation, Terrence Higgins Trust, Alliance India, Alliance Uganda and Alliance Linking Organisations across the Commonwealth including the Alliance Zambia, Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), Kenya AIDS NGO Consortium (KANCO), the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) and the Network on Ethics/Human Rights, Law, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Support and Care (NELA) in Nigeria.

Stop homophobic legislation being passed in Uganda

The anti-homosexuality bill has been adjourned indefinitely in Ugandan parliament today (13 May 2011). There is no fixed date for its return, but please bookmark this page and sign up to the Alliance e-newsletter to stay informed.

Thank you to those of you who have already signed Avaaz petition which is still open so you can add your name to support the campaign.

The proposed anti-homosexuality bill could have seriously violated the human rights of sexual minorities in Uganda. It stated that if the accused person was HIV positive or a serial offender, or a “person of authority” over the other partner, or if the “victim” was under 18, a conviction could result in the death penalty. It also included the obligation for members of the public to report any homosexual activity to the police.

The Constitution of Uganda provides for the protection and promotion of fundamental and other human rights and freedoms. Among others, it guarantees the rights to equality and freedom from discrimination, the right to life, the right to privacy, and the rights of minorities.

However, under current legislation, “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” is classified among “unnatural offences” and is punishable with life imprisonment. Attempt to commit “unnatural offences” is liable to seven years imprisonment. The proposed bill contained even harsher penalties.

The introduction of the bill has left a legacy of hatred and intimidation against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population. According to the organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda, more than 20 LGBT people have been attacked over the past year, and an additional 17 have been arrested and are in prison. Those numbers are up from the same period two years ago, when about 10 LGBT people were reportedly attacked.

Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill is also due to be debated today in parliament. This bill also has the potential to violate human rights and its provision to criminalise attempted transmission of HIV could prove highly problematic for control of the epidemic.

In June, world leaders will be meeting for the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS to commemorate 30 years of the HIV epidemic and commit to the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. It is important that the Ugandan government does not pass these bills in order to protect the right to non-discrimination for all people affected by HIV and to help prevent the spread of the epidemic.

Proteger a las personas transgénero en Latino américa

Resources Proteger a las personas transgénero en Latinoamérica Posted on May 16, 2011 This action has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. Leas los antecedentes Visite la página web de REDLACTRANS (La Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de personas trans)

Background information: Commonwealth Ministers of Foreign Affairs Meeting

The Alliance fears that the Commonwealth has brushed human rights and health issues under the carpet in advance of the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting in New York on 29 September 2012.

This is very disappointing, as previously it seemed that the Commonwealth was making great strides towards improving the human rights and health of people living in Commonwealth countries, and proving its relevance.

In 2009 an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of respected experts was established to examine the Commonwealth’s future and relevance. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) the EPG presented their recommendations. As a result of intense advocacy, including by the Alliance’s ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign, most of their recommendations on HIV were adopted.

However, other key recommendations were deferred. These recommendations could have a huge impact on the lives of people in Commonwealth countries, particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV, such as sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people, for whom criminalising laws are a major barrier to accessing HIV prevention, treatment and support.

Key recommendations were:

– For the Commonwealth to “take steps to encourage the repeal of laws that may impede the effective response of Commonwealth countries to the HIV/AIDS epidemic”.

– The creation of a Commonwealth Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights.

– The development of a new Commonwealth Charter, which should underpin core human rights principles and the commitment of the Commonwealth to fight HIV and other major health challenges.

These recommendations were passed to a Ministerial Task Force to develop further and present at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Meeting. Rather than accepting the above recommendations, the Alliance understands that the Task Force has requested further guidance from the Ministers at the September meeting on how to pursue them – potentially opening the issues up to further delay, and possible dismissal.

A lack of transparency and commitment

We’d hoped that the discussions by the Ministerial Task Force would exemplify the core Commonwealth principles of transparency, accountability and civil society participation. That has not happened. Discussions on the new charter, which should have involved every Commonwealth country, only happened in the UK, Canada and Australia to our knowledge.

And now everything seems to be done and dusted. The draft Charter which representatives of the task force have agreed to present contains no mention of freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Nor does it include the creation of a Commonwealth Democracy and Human Rights Commissioner or refer to HIV and other public health threats.

The task force has also subscribed to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s approach to its Strategic Plan 2013-2016, described in the Secretariat’s First Discussion Paper. The paper proposes health to be an “area of diminished focus”. This is in spite of health being prioritised profusely in the CHOGM Perth Communiqué, including a commitment to universal health care. Was this all just empty rhetoric?

The task force is also going to request further guidance from the Ministers at the September meeting on how to pursue the recommendation to take steps to repeal discriminatory legislation undermining the HIV response – potentially opening the issues up for further debate, and possible dismissal.

Don’t miss this opportunity !

There is still time for the Commonwealth the do something to address the key human rights and health challenges it’s citizens are facing. Ignoring the recommendations that the Commonwealth leaders themselves have made will simply add to the ever growing questions among Commonwealth citizens about the impact and added value of the institution.

The ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign has launched an action for the Commonwealth ministers of foreign affairs, who meet on 29 September, to approve the recommendation to “take steps to encourage the repeal of laws that may impede the effective response of Commonwealth countries to the HIV/AIDS epidemic”. Take action here

Don’t stop now, we can end AIDS!

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) takes place in Washington D.C., 22 -27 July, and is a highly significant event for those working in the field of HIV, bringing together HIV activists, governments, donors and other key institutions.

An HIV awareness play is performed in Zambia (c) Gideon Mendel for the Alliance. The conference theme, ‘turning the tide together’, reflects that this is a unique moment in history: if we take the right approach, we can bring an end to AIDS.

For that, we have to invest in community-led approaches, centred on human rights.

Are you ready to end AIDS? Then sign the Washington Declaration.

The declaration recognises the fact that we stand at a unique time in the history of the AIDS epidemic. Through new scientific advances and societal, political and human rights gains, it is possible to turn the tide against the AIDS and begin to end the epidemic in our lifetimes.

On 24 July we joined the We Can End AIDS march, which brought together activists who fight AIDS and work for economic justice and human rights, to demand political will to bring an end to AIDS.

Check out photos from the march below. Visit for more details.

Our key messages for AIDS 2012: Don’t Stop Now! Community-led approaches are essential to universal access to quality HIV services

We’re calling for communities at higher risk of HIV to fully participate in the response, including in National AIDS Plans and Global Fund coordination mechanisms. Read more here.

Don’t Stop Now! A human rights approach must be the foundation of the HIV response

We’re campaigning for national laws which do not criminalise those most affected by HIV and protect them from human rights violations, stigma and discrimination and lack of access to HIV services. Read more about human rights at AIDS 2012.

Don’t Stop Now! We must invest in a combination of interventions that are proven to work best

We demand that governments and donors make strategic investments that combine HIV interventions focused on those most at risk, community mobilisation and human rights-based HIV programmes. Read more here.

Don’t Stop Now! Globally agreed financing targets for the HIV response must be met

We’re calling for the Global Fund to be fully funded and for donors to scale up their global response. You can TAKE ACTION by endorsing the WECARe+ petition for the replenishment of the Global Fund.