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Public consultation on legal gender recognition and depathologization

  • Palais des Nations, Room XI Geneva Switzerland (map)

Convened by the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)

Concept note and draft agenda

The consultation is open to all stakeholders, including States, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, and UN agencies, programmes and funds. The UN Independent Expert, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, wishes to hold this multi-
stakeholders consultation to:

  • Discuss good practices and challenges with regard to the adoption and implementation of gender recognition procedures aiming at giving official recognition to a transgender person’s gender identity;
  • Exchange on human rights violations and abuses that transgender persons face when such recognition is not available and when their identification documents do not reflect their self-perceived gender identity;
  • Discuss the impact of the pathologization and the branding of persons as ill based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – as one of the root causes behind the human rights violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons face.

This consultation is part of a process seen as feeding into the preparation of the Independent Expert’s upcoming report to the 73 rd session of the General Assembly in October 2018. Kindly note that it will unfortunately not be possible to participate via videoconferencing.

For more information about the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, please click here

Should you have any questions about this event, please contact us (ie-sogi@ohchr.org, +41 22 917 9327 or +41 22 917 9681).