Transgender: Social and legal issues

Posted at: WEDnesday - 20/06/2018 13:00 - post name: Cộng tác viên

Dr. Sc Nghiem Vu Khai, Vice President of VUSTA speaking at the workshop

Dr. Sc Nghiem Vu Khai, Vice President of VUSTA speaking at the workshop

On June 2, in Ha Noi, VUSTA component Project "Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria" in collaboration with Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and United Nations Vietnam organized a workshop on social and legal issues for transgender people.

The purpose of this workshop is to share and exchange information on the social and legal issues that the Vietnamese transgender are facing and to discuss on the essential issues of development the transgender law and solutions to protect the rights of the transgender people in Viet Nam.

At the workshop, Dr. Nguyen Huy Quang - Director of Department of Legislation - Ministry of Health revealed new findings in the field of health, transgender communities in Vietnam. Various studies around the world have shown that percentage of population that identifies as transgender is from 0.3% to 0.5% of the total population. With this rate, it is estimated that Vietnamese transgender population ranges from 290,000 to 480,000. There is an inaccurate figure about transgender people in the worldwide and in Vietnam as well. The draft bill on transgender rights has proposed eight major policies concerning rights, legitimate interests of the transgender people, such as policies for individuals who have been experienced gender confirmation surgery, regulations on the age receiving medical interventions for transgender and marital status before receiving medical interventions, etc.

Dr. Quang added that transgender people who had illegal surgery or went abroad for transgender medical interventions are facing complications due to mismatch  between personal identification and current gender. It is about 71.4% of the transgender said that after gender confirmation surgery, they had complications relating to ID because their appearance do not match ID’s information.


Ms. Marie Odile Emond – National Director of UNAIDS Vietnam presented at the workshop

Speaking at the workshop, Ms. Marie Odile Emond – National Director of UNAIDS Vietnam said that Viet Nam should consider recommendations while developing policies for transgender, such as solutions to protect transgender people when they are violated, including domestic violence, sexual violence and rape. In particular, community and organizations of the transgender should be consulted when conducting researches, development of policies and legislation, and be facilitated for their participation in.

The workshop also invited representatives of the transgender individuals and organizations of the transgender people to share their difficulties in the journey of "being themselves". Each transgender people has a special circumstance and story but they all have the same expectation that regulations of the 2013 Constitution and the 2015 Civil law of transgender people to become reality soon.

Author: HT
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