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Beyond Binary: Safeguarding Trans* People’s Rights

Welcome to the UNRISD Ideas Incubator!

This is a space where we take special care of ideas for new research projects. The idea on this page is still being developed: it is a “pre-project”, not yet fully fledged or funded. To join us in accelerating research on this issue, please get in touch!

Trans* people are disproportionately likely to experience physical violence, live in poverty, face housing and employment discrimination, be denied their pensions, and lack access to adequate and appropriate sanitation facilities. Yet—on paper at least—they are protected by international human rights law as interpreted by the Yogyakarta Principles on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

This project will compare and analyse innovative policies being implemented to safeguard and advance trans* people’s economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights, in national and local contexts. The findings will contribute to policy design, inform UN processes and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, and be a useful tool for advocates, practitioners and national governments working to protect the rights of trans* people.

Join Beyond Binary in the following ways:

Contact paul.ladd@un.org if you are in a position to provide
the financial support necessary to build an evidence base on these topics.

Contact doreen.yomoah@un.org if you want to commission investigative work to UNRISD;
you would like to co-design one of these project ideas in collaboration with UNRISD;
or you would like to join UNRISD as a
Visiting Research Fellow to work on one of these ideas.

Contact jenifer.freedman@un.org if you agree that these are important areas for research
and you want to help us gain support for them by spreading the word.

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