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Discrimination Against Transgender People Highlighted At Talanoa Session

Sometimes when you go into hospitals to donate blood we still have that standard blood donation form that you sign and fill that still disallows men that have sex with men or transgender people to donate blood.
30 Jan 2021 16:01
Discrimination Against Transgender People Highlighted At Talanoa Session
Director for the Haus of Khameleon Miki Wali.

Discrimination against transgender men and women was a major topic at the WETA Tuesday Talanoa session held at the WETA Café in Selbourne Street Suva on Tuesday night.

Director for the Haus of Khameleon Miki Wali highlighted the need for transgender men and women to have access to health provisions that were non-discriminatory

The theme of the talanoa session was “The untold story: Sex work, erotics and body politics”.

The purpose of the weekly talanoa session was to create a safe supportive and respective space for dialogue and exchange of viewpoints on day to day matters of interests.

It serves as a platform to listen and to share experience whether to learn or create awareness programmes.

Ms Wali said: “Sometimes when you go into hospitals to donate blood we still have that standard blood donation form that you sign and fill that still disallows men that have sex with men or transgender people to donate blood.

“This non-discriminatory approach is important here especially with the right to health.

“We need to have access to health provisions that are non-discriminatory.”

Ms Wali said discrimination on trans women was still an issue that needed to be addressed across the country.

She said trans women were often referred to as new comers in the community.

“You don’t have the actual treatment of how ordinary citizens are treated or receive treatment. So people perceive you as newcomers,” she said.

“Part of waking up as a trans person and the realities of this country is the understanding that your movement in public transport there are situations where you are discriminated against so you explore other ways of travelling from point A to point B.

“A lot of people don’t go deeper to understand what’s behind this person that they see, what’s behind the Miki that they see.”

She said there was a need to have a deep conversation about transformative philanthropy that is about recognising the current work that was currently done.

“Real support comes from the policy and law makers including the multi-stakeholders that can commute resources into this.

“I know for a fact that those that work in the sex work organisations do not get paid core funding for the work that they do every day.

“Sometimes you get some salary but the people that do the work to fight for rights and justice in this country are not actually supportive,” she added.

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