Activist working on legal gender recognition

Trans activist Lyla Lopez (left) speaking at a press conference with Trans Feminist activist Miki Wali at the CCF office in Suva. Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR

THE Haus of Khameleon is working in partnership with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network on a legal gender recognition initiative for Fiji.

Haus of Khameleon trans feminist activist Miki Wali said a research had been conducted and the organisation was the focal point for this research across the Pacific.

“The legal gender recognition is a research that will ensure that Fiji fully recognises persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions and sex characteristics,” the activist said.

“Now one of the most interesting thing is that while we recognise and congratulate the new outcomes of the 2018 General Election, it is important that the new government of the day take into full consideration the ratification and the signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which is very much interlinked and related to persons who identify as of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. These rights are very important.”

The activist said the Haus of Khameleon wanted to ensure that media organisations had a huge role not only in terms of gender sensitisation, but also reporting cases on LGBTQI+ issues.

“In the past, if we had to report cases, we had media partners reporting them and usually not gendered and with mispronunciation of preferred gender and so we are calling upon the media partners for future collaboration on training where we can work on strengthening how we can best report cases or stories of trans people in the country and the Pacific.”

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