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Initiative on Transgender Issues

November 22nd 2011
This networking initiative is about making transgender issues visible in the work of the national equality bodies.
According to a questionnaire conducted by Equinet´s Policy Formation Working Group among its members, very few equality bodies actually work with transgender issues and there is clear gap in legislation regarding protection of transgender persons against discrimination and their equal treatment.

The Equinet initiative on transgender entailed the following activities in the course of the year 2010:

  • A roundtable meeting involving equality bodies took place on Wednesday 8 December at the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium). The roundtable discussion was hosted by Marije Cornelissen MEP (The Greens/ European Free Alliance) and brought together selected equality bodies and key stakeholders at European level. This meeting was the opportunity to discuss their respective roles in defending the rights of and promoting equality for trans people across Europe. The agenda of the roundtable meeting and the summary note are available for download.
    Equinet Roundtable - Agenda (PDF, 495KB)
    Equinet Roundtable - Agenda (PDF, 495KB)
    Equinet Roundtable - Summary Note (PDF, 275KB)
    Equinet Roundtable - Summary Note (PDF, 275KB)


  • Publication of the Equinet perspective ’Making equality legislation work for Trans people’ based on the findings of the Equinet questionnaire carried out in 2009. It provides suggestions to equality bodies on how to increase the visibility of transgender people in their work. Moreover, the opinion is of interest to the EU Commission and relevant EU institutions as it proposes recommendations on how to support change for transgender people and continue a leadership for equality for transgender.
    EN - Making equality legislation work for Trans people (PDF, 302KB)
    EN - Making equality legislation work for Trans people (PDF, 302KB)
    FR - Assurer l’égalité des droits pour les personnes transgenres (PDF, 304KB)
    FR - Assurer l’égalité des droits pour les personnes transgenres (PDF, 304KB)


    Related information

  • Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men publication: Being transgender in Belgium (also available in FR)
  • ILGA Europe presentation: Coverage and Inclusion of Trans people (Powerpoint, 1.407KB) presented during the ILGA Europe Briefing lunch on Transgender issue on 13 December 2010
  • Transgender Europe (TGEU) presentation: Trans rights in Europe (Powerpoint presentation, KB) presented during the ILGA Europe Briefing lunch on Transgender issue on 13 December 2010
  • ILGA’s Declaration of the Trans Rights Conference (28 October 2009, Malta), (PDF, 29 KB)
ILGA Presentation Coverage and Inclusion of Trans people (1,407KB)
ILGA Presentation Coverage and Inclusion of Trans people (1,407KB)
TGEU presentation: Trans rights in Europe
TGEU presentation: Trans rights in Europe
ILGA’s Declaration of the Trans Rights Conference
ILGA’s Declaration of the Trans Rights Conference