International Congress on Gender Identity and Human Rights – June 4-6, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain

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On behalf of the International Executive Committee (IEC) and Local Organizing committee (LOC), we are pleased to announce the International Congress on Gender Identity and Human Rights, June 4-6, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.

Never before has a government organized an international conference with a specific focus on transgender rights. Transgender human rights defenders are relatively new to the arena of human rights defenders. Usually their issues are discussed at conferences on the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, but their problems are distinct and need a specific focus and approach.

The idea of performing for the first time, a global conference with transgender people, by transgender people and for transgender people, aims as final target to gather and give voice to a group sparsely represented in society, to hear for the first time, with the participation of members around the world and from all cultures, an overall consideration of their problems, demands and proposed solutions.

The Congress has two main objectives:

– The adoption of a basic document addressed to the States, international organizations, associations and NGOs to serve as a working paper, line orientation and objectives document in the implementation of legislative policy and human rights protection to be applied to the group of transgender people. This document, probably called “The Declaration of Barcelone” will try to go further than a simple declaration of principles (first level) by becoming a proposal of concrete developments in the Laws of the countries (second level).

– The constitution of a global gender identity network for:

1.- The surveillance on the implementation of the declaration itself, and on the fulfilment of human rights conditions to the worldwide transgender community.

2.- The making of a global net of information exchange usefull for activists, governments and international organizations involved in an effective development of human rights.

3.- Being a tool for the exchange for a better practice and formation of worldwide activists.

To achieve these objectives, it has been established a format that includes not only the papers and round tables of the Conference itself, but the creation of 5 working groups to develop some very specific issues and to prepare 5 thematic documents which will form the basis of the “Declaration of Barcelona “.

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If you want to attend the conference go to the register section. Also if you want to apply for scholarships or require help to obtain visa for the EU


About Sam Feeney

I am a counsellor, trainer and LGBTQI community activist. I write about my journey through life as a someone who lives and breathes gender and sexual difference and who cares passionately about creating powerful and sustainable radical social and political change.
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4 Responses to International Congress on Gender Identity and Human Rights – June 4-6, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain


    This exhibition was created during the first ever Gender Strategic Workshop in Cape Town in 2008, an historic meeting that brought together Southern and East African trans activists for the first time. It was convened by IGLHRC in partnership with Genderdynamix. We are hoping to exhibit at the International Congress on Gender Identity and Human Rights in Barcelona.

    • Sam Feeney says:

      Hi Gabrielle

      I think your exhibition of trans Africans sounds really exciting and would love to see photos etc after the event. I will post a link to your website and would be great to keep in touch!

      Many kind regards


  2. Silva says:

    Hi Gabrielle

    I think to have an exhibition of us Trans Africans would be great since most of us will be there for the Congress. Than anyone can meet us and ask questions if they have .


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