Transgender people in the Asia-Pacific region – and globally – remain among the most marginalized populations in development efforts, experiencing persistent poverty, social exclusion and poor health outcomes.
This represents a fundamental barrier to inclusive development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. To actively address this marginalization, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established strong relationships with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and other transgender advocates to foster inclusion, address inequality and discrimination, and promote universal access to health and social services.
The vast majority of transgender people across the Asia-Pacific region are unable to obtain any official identification documents that reflect their gender identity. This lack of gender recognition fosters widespread social exclusion, stigma, discrimination and violence when individuals are perceived to deviate from gender norms because their gender identity and/or expression does not coincide with their sex assigned at birth. A new report, Legal Gender Recognition: A Multi-Country Legal and Policy Review in Asia, undertakes a comprehensive review of existing laws, policies and practices related to legal gender recognition for transgender people in nine countries in Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand.
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