United Nations/CEDAW

Key landmarks: ECOSOC, CSW, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, CEDAW, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 

  • Secretary-General’s remarks to launch the Special Edition of the Sustainable Development Goals Progress Report (25.4.23)
  • Statement by Ms. Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls and (22.5.23)
  • Yogyakarta principles
  • Denton’s document

The ‘Dentons document‘ (Only Adults? Good Practices in Legal Gender Recognition for Youth) was produced in November 2019. It uses a legalistic human rights discourse in a Eurocentric report that surveys various countries to provide a ‘guide of best practice’ in international human rights about ‘gender recognition’, with a focus on young people. Three organisations  backed the report: IGLYO (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation) with financial assistance from  the Rights Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme 2014-2020 of the European Union as well as the Thompson Reuters Foundation and Dentons, a global law firm–both provided pro bono support (footnote p.3).

The document was clearly designed as a political tool for transgender advocates to influence government legislature and media using human rights concepts (see pp. 18-21).