APCOM Officer Attends Leadership Program in USA, Focused on Trans Leadership in India

By December 14, 2023 December 18th, 2023 SKPA

Contributor:
Abhina Aher 
Human Rights, Gender and Sustainable Programming Officer 
APCOM Foundation 


This year, I was selected by the United States Embassy of Mumbai as one of five transgender women from different states of India to participate in a premier professional exchange program – International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) – focused on transgender leadership and LGB- (lesbian, gay, bisexual) related work. This program was designed to interact with various LGBTIQ+ organizations, learn the federal systems of the United States of America and create opportunities to learn several aspects of the LGBTIQ+ work in four major states of America.  

Considering my two decades of work in health and human rights with the Indian Government, I’m honored to be chosen as one of the delegates. During the three weeks program, I managed to meet more than 12 LGBTIQ+ organizations/groups/institutions who are working on the diverse subject of LGBTIQ+ activism and community support. 

I also managed to interact with various stakeholders from the state police departments, legal institutions, health care providers and federal department officers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs to understand the current situation, needs and opportunities for the LGBTIQ+ work in United States of America. 

In my capacity as Sustainability Gender & Human Rights Officer of APCOM, the program provided me extensive opportunities to share APCOM and SKPA-2 work with the state department of U.S. who are major contributors for The Global Fund replenishment and identify the potential opportunities for the collaboration, community funding and advocacy agenda for future engagements.

I am extremely thankful to the U.S state Government, Embassy of U.S in Mumbai, APCOM, TWEET Foundation and organizers of the IVLP 2023 program for providing this unique opportunity to learn so much about the LGBTIQ+ activism, advocacy initiatives and understanding the innovative program on LGBTIQ+ implemented across United States of America. I learned there is a huge responsibility on the activists and program implementers across the globe to unite and fight stronger, especially on human rights and SOGIESC principles. 

I, too, grasped a lot of precepts from this trip, a meaningful cross-learning experience which not only highlighted the importance of work for our LGBTIQ+ communities, but also beyond, and how intersectional collaboration would constitute a strong response. In today’s world, we have no place for homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Together we are creating an inclusive world for the next generation, and this new world will and should not have any place for the stigma and discrimination towards race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and queer identities.

Published on: 14-Dec-2023


About the Contributor

Abhina Aher

Human Rights, Gender and Sustainable Programming Officer
APCOM Foundation


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