How to generate positive change for transgender people worldwide?

On International Transgender Day of Visibility, HagueTalks invites you to celebrate transgender people around the globe and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically.

Transgender people worldwide experience major challenges – ranging from violence and discrimination to depression and exclusion. Using art, we explore why visibility for transgender people is important. Creatives and protagonists share how audiovisual productions can broaden our understanding of gender diversity, and what it means to be transgender in different parts of the world. We raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done, and discuss how personal stories can lead to inclusivity, open-mindedness, and social acceptance.

On Transgender Visibility Day we challenge you to think of how storytelling can be a powerful tool to disseminate positive narratives, tackle prejudice, stereotypes and stigma. Join us on #TDoV2021, and share your ideas on how to generate positive change for everyone under the transgender-umbrella.


  • Bahia Tahzib-Lie is the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador. She advances human rights around the globe, including the equal rights for LGBTI persons, and works to boost dialogue with society on human rights in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • Chris Rijksen works as a filmmaker in the collective the Transketeers. Using his own visibility as a tool for shaping the conversation and building bridges, making movies to empower others to tell their own stories stories.
  • Nadja Houben works as a director at Human Rights in the Picture. She shines a light on human rights violations by giving people a voice through film, music, photography and other forms of art.
  • Lilit Martirosyan is the current President of the Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO. Lilit was awarded the Human Rights Tulip 2020. Being a Transgender rights activist, she has been working to promote equal rights for all regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression by engaging in civic activism not only in Armenia but also abroad.
  • Nancy Siblini is a 27 year old transwoman from Lebanon. She has dealt with rejection, exclusion and violence in Lebanon and in the Netherlands. She is currently following a premaster of cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Moderator of the event is Brand Berghouwer. Brand is chair of Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and he works as a counselor with a focus on trans and gender diverse people. The project “Unbounded – Being gender diverse” by photographer Francesca Menghini will be shown during the event.

Event is co-organised by Museon and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Watch the full documentary ‘m/f/x’ by Human Rights in the Picture, available until April 4th 2021: https://vimeo.com/481610302


Join this online dialogue on HagueTalks YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/user/haguetalks

16:00 – 17:00 UTC+1/GMT+1 (Amsterdam)


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