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New report on health and gender rights in Latin America and the Caribbean

12
DEC
2011

Aids Alliance

A new report on young people’s right to health and gender identity in Latin America and the Caribbean has been launched by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to mark Human Rights Day 2011.

The report ‘The Right of Young People to Health and Gender Identities’ can be downloaded by clicking here.

It proposes a series of public health actions including:

  • Decriminalization of sexual relations between people of the same sex
  • Elimination of other forms of sanction against people of diverse gender identities or sexual orientation
  • Expanded access to health services for youths and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual (LGTBI) people.
  • Stronger enforcement of laws that prohibit discrimination against women, youths, children, and LGTBI people and against members of other vulnerable groups, such as prisoners, sex workers and drug users.

The launch was attended by Marcella Romero, founder of Alliance regional partner REDLACTRANS. She called for the elimination of ‘gender disorders’ from the WHO classification of mental and behavioural disorders.

Read more about the launch of the report on PAHO’s website.