Violence Against Transgender Womxn+

"Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression, and ways of being human." UNESCO's 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

In celebration of International Day of Tolerance, the #InHerShoes/#EnSusZapatos campaign will be sharing this space with our LGBTQAI+ community and their stories of what it means to come out in society. For those that haven’t had the chance to showcase their true essence, we see you and acknowledge the great bravery and courage that comes with accepting yourself fully.

“Transgender people – and particularly Black and Latina transgender women – are marginalized, stigmatized and criminalized in our country.” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). (Stories)

In countries in Latin America, like Colombia, the life expectancy for a transgnder woman is estimated between 35 and 41 years old (read the article linked in our bio for more information!). This is not good enough and we need to find solutions to eliminate all violence against all women and work to ensure transgender women, like all women, are also safe to live freely.

Intersex persons (born with reproductive/sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the standard of being a female/male) are vulnerable to abuse based on ignorance or bigotry about their bodies. Intersex victims of domestic violence face similar or higher rates when compared to the general population.

The #InHerShoes/#EnSusZapatos campaign extends beyond cis-hetero women (born biologically in their gender/sex) and aims to spread awareness about violence against womxn+ domestically and globally. Womxn+ is an inclusive term that is used to address cis women, transgender and intersex women, non-binary people, and female-identified individuals. Join our fight for women’s rights and protections by participating in our actions!

Collaborative post written by Educacion Diversa’s team: Founder, Lauren Cannell @lozzlepop; Director of the Women’s Rights Department, Nikky Suárez @nic_gin; and Ambassador, Bianca Herrera @_.biancaherrera._ with edits from our Director of Marketing and Strategy, Lylia Hafiz @lyliafz_