Transgender issues: challenges and perspectives
in modern Ukraine and world
International Conference
April 23-25, 2018
Kyiv, Ukraine

About the conference

On 23-25 of April 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine International Conference “Transgender issues: challenges and perspectives in modern Ukraine and world” will take place.

Co-organizers

  • Insight public organization

In cooperation with:

  • Ministry of Health of Ukraine
  • Coalition against discrimination in Ukraine
  • Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Post Soviet Trans*Coalition

Context

The transgender phenomenon is comprehended in the context of many discourses — medical, sociological, political, cultural, religious, philosophical, etc. The multilevel character of this phenomenon in combination with the inability of specialists and groups to go beyond the boundaries of definitions and categories, legitimized in certain fields, leading to the lack of understanding among human rights activists, medical professionals, public institutions, scientists and transgender people themselves, which complicates the situation of trans people in many countries of the world. Medical pathologization, the rejection of gender nonconformity in societies, discrimination at the state level, the high level of xenophobia and violence against transgender people make them one of the most vulnerable social groups in the modern world.

In Ukraine, we are going through the transformation and reforms on every level, including forming new values of humanity and non-discrimination attitude to different stigmatised social groups. In 2016, Ukraine adopted a new procedure of legal gender recognition for trans people, which allowed them to access legal gender recognition without compulsory sterilisation and other harmful and inhuman practices.

But this procedure is still restrictive for many trans people who can’t get access to proper health care and services, who can’t take hormones or don’t want to, who are forced to wait for months or even years to obtain a diagnosis required for recognition. There is a huge number of discriminatory attitudes and practices from governmental institutions towards trans people as well as increasing level of violence based on transphobia and homophobia. The ability of transgender people to affirm their identities and to integrate into the society remains limited.

Our goal

The Conference aims to become a platform for communication, exchange of experiences, best practices and finding a common language between medical experts, government agencies, human rights defenders, researchers and trans* activists from different countries and different contexts. Our focus is at the juncture of human rights and medical discourses — as well as the phenomena of gender diversity. We want to create a space for bringing together people and institutions seeking to provide qualified medical services, ensure the implementation of civil and human rights for trans* people and protect them from discrimination and violence.

PROGRAM

Day 1
23 Apr 2018
Day 2
24 Apr 2018
Day 3
25 Apr 2018

Opening of the conference: welcome speeches

Speakers: Olena Shevchenko, Insight NGO. Inna Iryskina, Insight NGO. Richard Koeller, TGEU (Transgender Europe).

Legal gender recognition in Ukraine

Speakers: Oksana Guz, PROVE Lawyers’ Union. Inna Iryskina, Insight NGO. Sergii Shum, Center for Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Monitoring of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

International human rights standards for transgender people: UN, Council of Europe, EU

Speakers: Richard Koeller, TGEU (Transgender Europe). Kseniya Kirichenko, ILGA World (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association). Anna Kirey, Amnesty International.
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Legal gender recognition in the world: best practices

Speakers: Mauro Cabral, GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality). Ulrika Westerlund, Inquiry chair of public investigation of the situation for trans people in Sweden 2017. Sam Blanckensee, TENI (Transgender Equality...
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15:30 - 16:00

Coffee-break

Trans depathologization and ICD-11

Speakers: Mauro Cabral, GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality). Jamison Green, WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). Nathan Gale, TGEU (Transgender Europe). Irina Karagapolova, psychiatrist, sexologist, Russian Federation /...
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19:00 - 20:00

Dinner

Trans rights advocacy: strategic litigation, ECtHR, special rapporteurs etc.

Speakers: Oksana Guz, PROVE Lawyers’ Union. Kseniya Kirichenko, ILGA World (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association). Tatiana Glushkova, Transgender Legal Defense Project, Russian Federation.
11:30 - 12:00

Coffee-break

Situation of trans people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Speakers: Members of Post-Soviet Trans*Coalition. Alla Shepelkevich, Belarusian State Medical University.
13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

Hormone therapy for trans people

Speakers: Justine Defreyne, EPATH (European Professional Association for Transgender Health). Alla Shepelkevich, Belarusian State Medical University.
16:00 - 16:30

Coffee-break

Trans specific health care and reproductive services for trans people

Speakers: Nathan Gale, TGEU (Transgender Europe). Irina Karagapolova, psychiatrist, sexologist, Russian Federation / Central Asia. Anna Kirey, Amnesty International. Oksana Kashyntseva, Committee on Medical and Pharmaceutical Law and Bioethics of Ukrainian...
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19:00 - 20:00

Dinner

Modern health care standards and approaches in provision of medical support for trans people

Speakers: Jamison Green, WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). Justine Defreyne, EPATH (European Professional Association for Transgender Health). Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad and Elsa Mari Almås, University of Agder,...
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11:30 - 12:00

Coffee-break

New clinical protocol (Ukraine)

Speakers: Oksana Guz, PROVE Lawyers’ Union. Svitlana Malysheva, Insight NGO. Inna Iryskina, Insight NGO.
13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

Non-binary identities: approaches and challenges

Speakers: Sam Blanckensee, TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland). Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad and Elsa Mari Almås, University of Agder, Norway.
16:00 - 16:30

Coffee-break

Psychological support and psyсhotherapy for trans people

Speakers: Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad and Elsa Mari Almås, University of Agder, Norway. Olga Semenova, Insight NGO. Nikita Karimov, Insight NGO. Egor Burtsev, Initiative Group “Human to Human”, Russian Federation.
19:00 - 20:00

Dinner

ACCOMODATION

Bakkara Art Hotel

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LOCATION