Nominations to ILGA Asia Executive Board

Here are Nominations to ILGA Asia Executive Board below. You can find additional information on nominees including their organisation, country, etc.


East Asian Representative


Candy Darim YUN (female)
Korean Sexual-minority Culture & Rights Center
South Korea

“I was involved in the LGBTI+ movement since 2006. I worked at the sexual minority committee in democratic labors party in Korea in 2006. and I was a founding member of a transgender rights activist group, Jirunge in Korea which is not exist anymore. so later I and my current organization KSCRC incubated another transgender rights group Jogakbo. I am also the founding member of Bi Moim, a bi-sexual web magazine in Korea. Currently, I am the executive director of the Korean Sexual-minority Cultural & Rights Center(KSCRC) and the steering committee member of the rainbow action against sexual minority discrimination as a coalition group of LGBTI+ & allies. Also, I am an Asia representative of the Bisexual steering committee of ILGA. I have extensive experience in domestic advocacy, lobby, conference works, press conference proceedings, workshops as well as working experience in finance and office.”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
“Over the past few years, ILGA ASIA has developed steadily, and now ILGA Asia is fully equipped as a LGBTI+ representing organization in Asia. Based on my experience as a LGBTI+ activist and the experiences of the ILGA Asia and World Conference, which have been steadily attending since 2014, I could be a part of ILGA works, which are supporting various LGBTI+ groups in Asia, providing diverse perspectives as well as practical help in leading the activities, preparing various workshops and conferences, and meeting the activists in Asia.”

- What is your motivation for running?
“Since 2014, I have been involved in various conferences at ILGA. I have been able to gain ideas and learning about what we should do in the context of the Asia and international LGBTI+ movement with ILGA. This was possible because there were board members who had already started and worked for ILGA ASIA. After five years, I think it is the time for me to get my learning from ILGA Asia and now I would like to contribute to you. Now, based on those five years, I would like to apply my capacity to support the growth of ILGA and the Asian LGBTI+ movement. I would like to share what I learned/received from ILGA with as many people as possible.”

Nominated by:
Korean Sexual-minority Culture & Rights Center


Jennifer Lu
Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association
Taiwan

Jennifer Lu is a social worker, activist, writer and political worker. She has been devoting in LGBT rights and political reform movement nationally and internationally for 15 years.

Jennifer was born in the Taipei city, where is the capital city in Taiwan, and she had a younger sister who was the most serious heart disease patient. Her younger sister’s struggling life thought her to rethink what is the most important thing in our life and led her to join the social movement. She graduated from National Taiwan University for her social worker bachelor and Sydney University for her policy studies master degree. Jennifer focused on establishing LGBT community support system and services, and gender equality education for her first ten years of activism life. She had over 1,000 speeches and the number is still increasing nowadays.

In January 2016, Jennifer represented the social democratic party and ran for a parliamentary seat in general elections as one of the first out lesbian candidates in Taiwan. During her election campaign, she and her team successfully raised the visibility of LGBT issues and pushed to include equal rights issues and young generation political participation on the agenda of the Taiwan Parliament. Now she is Chief Coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan and Senior Research Fellow at Taiwan Tongzhi(LGBTQ+) Hotline Association. Jennifer and her team organized several successful rallies, one of them were on Human Rights Day in December in 2016, which was over 250,000 people to stand up for supporting Marriage Equality and this rally has pushed whole society to achieve the significant milestone of Marriage Equality in Taiwan.

As one of the leaders who is leading the Marriage Equality Campaign in Taiwan, Jennifer believes in the power of communication and collaboration. She opened the communication window between civil society/government/parliament and invited over 85 groups to participate in the marriage campaign in the past three years. After marriage law passed in Taiwan, Jennifer and her team are going to found a new organization keeps on fighting for equality and human rights for a better Taiwan.

Jennifer is very experienced in coordinating the differences between different parties and doing the fundraising work in diverse approaches. She believes she could use Taiwan's

Nominated by:
Taiwan Tongzhi(LGBTQ+) Hotline Association


South Asian Representative


Mahnoor Ali
Khuwaja Sira Society
Pakistan

Moon Ali AKA Mahnoor Chudhary .She belong to Trans-gender community and
severing as Program Manager/Director since 2012, at one of the community
based organizations, named Khawaja Sira Society based in Pakistan
working in field of HIV/AIDS and health related issues of TG community.
Being a program director of Khawaja Sira Society she has successfully
implemented the multiple projects which includes, Multi Country South
Asia Global Fund Project. (Reducing the Impact of HIV on transgender
populations in South Asia") in Lahore Pakistan as Sub-Recipient (SR)
with the collaboration of UNDP and save the children international
Nepal, another project titled "Service delivery to Transgender sex
workers /transgender to Reducing the Impact of Hepatitis B & C and
syphilis on transgender populations with the collaboration of Punjab
Aids Control Program and she has also implemented the IGNITE project 1st
round (Advocacy with key stake holders to create an enabling
environment) with the collaboration of YVC .She has also experience to
work with other small national grant to provide day-to-day management
task of the office, ensuring that Plans are developed and implemented,
along with the effective functioning of the office in meeting its Goals,
objectives and deadlines and also she has experience to provide
assistance and guidance related to policy development in service
centers.
She has also experience to provide trainings to community for community
system strengthening as she provided training to community on security
and well, leadership and child protection policies.
She completed her MBA in management and finance and she is the finalist
of ACCA. She also worked with many organizations related to accounts and
finance field like in Lahore Chamber of Commerce, Harvest Top-worth
International and she has also experience in teaching to general
population and Trans-gender’s.
She is also a well-known person in transgender community and Hijra’s
community. Being a trans-gender her social networking is really strong
as she has organized International Development Law Organization survey
to identify and highlight the community issues and has also organized
Focused Group Discussion on behalf of Youth Voice Count. She has also
successfully completed the literacy Adult Chand Programmed related to
Trans-gender’s and Hijra’s education and this project were given by
World Bank. Through this project she has given education and awareness
to the Trans-gender & Hijra’s community regarding their rights
especially health related to HIV & Aids.
It has been more than three year that she representing Trans-gender
community on different national and international platforms as she
participated in regional dialogue on LGBTIs human rights and health in
Asia Pacific, ICAAP 12 , RRRAP summit conference held at Bangkok ,ILGA
Asia and international AIDS conference 2018 (Amsterdam) .Being a member
of solidarity circle group .she also actively involve to identify issues
and raise voice for the issues faced by the Community.
She is one of the technical experts who has drafted Trans protection act
2018 with the support of feminist collective and now she is also working
closely with the social protection authority and social welfare on the
policy for the implementation of Trans protection act2018.
Moreover she is also working with National Aids government program for
transgender people regarding the health services and providing them
HIV/Aids services to reduce the HIV prevelance among community.
Hope to hear a confirmation from your side.

Nominated by:
Khuwaja Sira Society


Undisclosed name
Oboyob - Diversity Circle
Bangladesh

“I am a volunteer and the Executive Director for Oboyob - Diversity Circle, a volunteer-run LGBTQ rights organization based in Bangladesh. My passion for the cause comes from my own experience of growing up as a lesbian in this conservative country that has long fostered a dense heteronormative society intolerant towards sexual and gender minorities. Believing in the power of research as an important tool in advocacy, in 2014, I became a part of a nationwide LGB Needs Assessment survey as a joint initiative by Oboyob and Roopbaan. I created the questionnaire and undertook all the activities that came with it, including content planning, designing, editing, and finalizing the overall structure of the survey. The research saw participation from over 700 participants around the country. The report, even today, is still one of its kind. In 2014, I also became a part of Project Dhee by Oboyob as a content developer. It was a 14-month project which gave birth to the country's first ever lesbian comic character named “Dhee” who tells her story through engaging flashcards with information on gender and sexuality. The flashcards had been then used as advocacy material in workshops to start dialogues around gender and sexuality in different divisions in Bangladesh. In early 2017, I became a focal person from Oboyob in the “Right Here, Right Now” Bangladesh platform – a project funded by Rutgers Netherlands - with 11 participating organizations aimed to advocate for access to SRHR services of youth belonging to diverse SOGIE groups. Today I am a member of the Governing Body of RHRN Bangladesh and as thus, I am responsible for sharing suggestions and recommendations of the activities of the program.”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
”Being an LGBTQ activist is not an easy task, that too in a conservative country like Bangladesh where the LGBTQ people are constantly facing threats and harassment from not only the society at large, but also their friends and families. Many of the community members would never come out of closet due to this, and those who do might have to live their life without any support from their closed ones. Since none of the LGBTQ rights organization are registered, they cannot directly get grants from donors and thus cannot even have full-time employees. The one thing I realized being a LGBTQ activist for 6 years is that to carry on fighting for their rights, I need to be extremely resourceful. In my professional life, I am a digital marketing professional. When I started out as an activist, I barely had any training on activism. I self-educated myself on the practices and started to learn more by implementing them in my activities. As years went by, I got the opportunity to participate in trainings and workshops, and I picked up fast and started to implement my new learnings in the practice. I also shared my experiences with others who are employed in different industries and learned from others. I believe if I get the chance to be on ILGA Asia Board, I can bring my experience to the board as well as diverse perspectives that can enrich the organizational resources.”

- What is your motivation for running?
”I believe international human rights mechanism can positively affect the lives of LGBTQ people. Organizations working for LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh unfortunately are not seen in a positive light by the general mass. In fact, due to the extreme supervision from the government of NGO registration process, we cannot even register as a LGBTQ organization. As a result, national human rights mechanism fails to include LGBTQ community as a protected category. The only way to create a pressure on the government is by utilizing the international human rights mechanism and by building advocacy initiatives with international organizations. In 2013, the Human Rights Council voted in a hotly contested decision to create a new “independent expert” to probe human rights violations against LGBT people worldwide. This indicates that the UN in recent years has been prioritizing the needs of the LGBTQ community across countries. UN mechanisms such as UPR has already proved to be a useful tool to influence decisions at the government level. Bangladesh, still a developing country which relies heavily on donors from abroad, might and hopefully take in the concerns expressed by the countries and regulate new policies in favor of the LGBTQ community. I want to be on ILGA Asia Board to affect changes in International and regional level policies that not only can benefit LGBTQ community in Bangladesh but can also reflect on the situation across other developing countries in this region.”

Nominated by:
Oboyob - Diversity Circle


Niluka Perera
Diversity and Solidarity Trust (DAST)
Sri Lanka

Nominated by:
DAST


Southeast Asian Representative


Brenda R. Alegre (transwoman)
The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP)
The Philippines

“I was among the representatives of STRAP on the ILGA World Board from 2014 to 2019 as Trans Secretariat. We believe we performed our duties well. I have been chosen to read a joint statement at the 2018 UN HRC Transadvocacy week in Geneva. I was awarded LGBTQI plus Public Champion in Hong KOng in 2018. I have been a usual speaker and guest in various Hong Kong and Philippine LGBTQI events.”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
"To continue the strong work of the ILGA World Board by bringing to the ILGA Asia Board the same vision of strengthening network and empowering local and regional organizations to represent. To bring experience from the academe and research to the board. To leverage on my strong connections in the region and outside.”

- What is your motivation for running?
“Seeing the restructuring of the ILGA Board the past year and the success of the last ILGA World Conference, I felt I could still contribute. I work strongly with Asia representatives and hopefully this will continue for me while I still have the connections. I also feel the trans and non binary networks as well as ground work need to be improved.”

Nominated by:
ASEAN SOGIE Caucus
STRAP


Ngo Le Phuong Linh
ICS Center
Vietnam

Ngo Le Phuong Linh started to serve as ICS Center’s Director since 2019. Despite having different background which is a Hospitality management degree, she pursued her passion for non-profit and human right activism at a very young age. She has involved as leading roles in many topic such as: organizing Vietpride – the biggest annual LGBT event in HCM city, or Work with Pride - the first initiative of that increase the engagement of business sector, promotes workplace equality and inclusion for LGBTI in Vietnam, which also includes Labor Code advocacy to have better protection for LGBTI employees.

In 2019, she and her team has just established the first LGBTI+ center and library in Ho Chi Minh city. She is now in the leading task force to pursue Marriage Equality in Vietnam. On international level, Linh is an alumni of YSEALI Academic Fellows Program on Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, and during 2017-2019 she was also serving as the youngest Executive Board member represents South East Asia in ILGA Asia.

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
”ILGA Asia is a place of diversity, working with diversity requires a lot of kindness, humbleness, understanding and patient. There is no shortcut. Those are also what I believe in and have been practicing since the very first day of my activism. These are things that easy said than done, especially when everyone has their own stories to tell and act with their own reason. I tried to bring these principle not just to the board in the previous term but in all my work, I would not say that I have successed in anyway because there are still a lot of unsolved conflict and hatred everywhere. But even after I've learnt and grown so much in the last 2 years, I still believe these are the key and I will still keep trying to bring and build more and more of these into my work wherever I go.”

- What is your motivation for running?
”My motivation is to bring voice to the voiceless of Southeast Asia, to prove that kindness could go a long way. And honestly, also to get enough attention and strength for Southeast Asia to become the runner up in achieving a world-rocking milestone,right after East Asia - Taiwan.”

Nominated by:
ICS Center


Ryan Joseph Figueiredo (Male)
Equal Asia Foundation
Thailand

“I have worked in the social development sector since 2000 in over 20 countries. I am alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. I have also trained in demography from Oxford and in Clinical Trials from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation I served as the South Asia Regional Specialist for Organisational Learning and Evaluation. I was on the Expert Advisory Committee of FP2020, the expert group of the Evidence Project and on IPPF’s Global Innovation Programme. I am also a founding member of IPPF’s Sexual Diversity Network. I was an associate tutor at the University of Leicester in the Civil Safety and Security Unit for the Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management programme. In the past, I worked as a strategic consultant at PwC and KPMG in the development sector practices of those firms. I worked with a number of stakeholders including federal and state governments; research institutions, donors and corporate houses.I have strong community-based experience and have worked on issues around SRHR, human rights, nutrition, public health, livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response. I have also managed assignments around fundraising and public giving, public-private partnerships and corporate social responsibility.”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
“I bring over 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in as many countries in Asia. I have been in leadership and senior management positions in organisations such as IPPF, KPMG, PwC and APCOM, and have experience leading large projects, servicing institutional donors and working with boards and other governance/ accountability structures. My biggest contribution to the ILGA Asia board will be the diverse relationships with a range of stakeholders that will advance the work and interests of ILGA Asia. I will be a valuable peer-resource to the board and secretariat in both its strategic and day-day functions. Being based in Bangkok will also be an added advantage.”

- What is your motivation for running?
“I am the founder and executive director of Equal Asia Foundation – an incubator for inclusive LGBTI+ projects that is disrupting the LGBTI+ movement from within and encouraging it to find collaborative solutions to deep-seated social inequities. EAF’s work this year is focused on addressing the growing intergenerational gap in Asia, in particular reducing the social isolation of the elderly; preventing suicide and self-harm in the young; and mitigating the vulnerabilities of LGBTI+ refugees and asylum seekers affected by climate change, conflict and disaster. I lead a team of change-makers from the non-profit, business and public sectors across borders to incubate and accelerate LGBTI+ inclusion projects in Asia. My motivation is to bring critical thinking, strategic insight and deep relationships that will advance the work of ILGA Asia and by extension serve the interests of the ILGA membership Here are some articles that highlight the work of EAF and the issues that I think need addressing https://bk.asia-city.com/restaurants/news/organization-connecting-lgbt-community-across-generations https://www.timeout.com/bangkok/lgbt/time-out-meets-ryan-figueiredo https://www.fccthai.com/events/lgbt-rights-in-asia-moving-forward-or-backward/”

Nominated by:
Equal Asia Foundation


Saw Zin Maung Soe
Civil Authorize Negotiate Organization- Myanmar (CAN-Myanmar)
Myanmar

Nominated by:
Civil Authorize Negotiate Organization- Myanmar (CAN-Myanmar)


Wannapong (Nhuun) Yodmuang
Asia Pacific Transgender Network
Thailand

Nominated by:
Asia Pacific Transgender Network


West Asian Representative


Charbel Maydaa
Mosaic
Lebanon

Nominated by:
Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
Mosaic


Shadi Amin
6Rang
Iran

Shadi Amin (she/her) is a pioneering Iranian LGBT rights activist. She is a writer and researcher. She published Gender X, a book written based on the findings of a three year research on the situation of LGBTI individuals in Iran. The English report for this research is available under the title Diagnosing Identities, Wounding Bodies.

Her selection and translation of Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde's articles were published in a book entitled Ghodrat va Lezzat (Power and Joy) which is one of the few Farsi resources on compulsory heteronormativity and lesbian existence. She is also the co-writer of Crime and Impunity; Sexual Torture of Women in Islamic Prisons.

Shadi Amin is the Coordinator of Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6Rang), a community dedicated to servicing LGBTI Iranians. 6Rang seeks to raise awareness about human rights violations on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression sanctioned by the Islamic Republic of Iran where the death penalty for same sex conduct is still in practice. She has run several research and advocacy projects carried out in Iran, which also engaged the international community and human rights mechanisms.

She was elected to the board of ILGA Asia as the representative of west Asia region in 2017.

Nominated by:
6Rang, Iranian Lesbian & Transgender Network


Intersex Representative


Gopi Shankar M (Intersex & Genderqueer)
Srishti Madurai
India

Present Executive Board Member and Intersex Representative of ILGA (Asia). Sitting Member at Youth Steering Committee for Asia Region of ILGA World. 1st Indian Intersex Candidate to run for public office in Tamil Nadu. The High Court of Madras banned Sex Selective Surgeries on Intersex Infants based on my work. Introduced LGBTQIA+ studies as part of curriculum/syllabus at many Indian colleges/Universities and Schools. Organised Asia's first Genderqueer Pride Parade 2012, Core Committee Member of Intersex Asia, Coined the regional Tamil language terms for Genderqueer people and wrote the 1st Tamil book LGBTQIA+ community. Worked/Represented on/the case of Female Athletes with Intersex traits. Engaged Christian, Islamic, Buddhist religious communities to create a inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ people with faith. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopi_Shankar_Madurai

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
“To create an inclusive space for Intersex people in Asia with Asian Values to create a safe space for Intersex Infants/Children in Asia to advance the civil rights of Intersex people.”

- What is your motivation for running?
“To serve and protect the Intersex Human Rights in Asia.”

Nominated by:
Srishti Madurai


Trans Representative


Aisha Mughal (Transgender Woman)
Wajood Society
Pakistan

“I have served as the chairing pool member at the previous ILGA Asia conference in Cambodia. I have severed as the chairing pool member at the ILGA World conference 2019 in New Zealand. While serving two times as the chairing pool, I have equipped myself with all the required information about ILGA procedures, documents, protocols, policies etc which will help me perform my duties as the board member effectively and efficiently. I am Currently appointed as the Transgender Expert (UNDP consultant) in the Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan and this is the key position which will make all the policies and ensure implementation of Transgender Law in Pakistan. By using this key position with government and UNDP, I can perform my duties at ILGA with great Impact. I am also known as Pakistan's first Transgender Lecturer. I am member of several international organizations and by joing ILGA team, I will increase its good will. I can use my strong network to benefit ILGA in the long run and work effectively for our community.”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
“As I have explained in point 7, I am a renowned and powerful activist in my country and also I am member of several international organizations, I can add value to the ILGA Asia board and bring my expertise and experience to the table. My position with the Government of Pakistan as the UNDP consultant, I will play an important role in the implementation and policy making of the law.”

- What is your motivation for running?
“I am A transgender woman and activist living in Pakistan and I have faced all the problems and challenges first hand. I feel motivated living with my grass root level community and it is my passion and manifesto of life to work for the welfare and rights of the Transgender community in Pakistan and across the globe!”

Nominated by:
Wajood Society


Mani (Transgender Man)
Have Only Positive Expectations – HOPE
Pakistan

“I’m associated with ILGA Asia as Co-Chair and Transgender Representative. I’m fulfilling the below responsibilities:
● To ensure the Executive Board functions properly.
● To ensure the organization is managed effectively.
● To provide support and supervision to the Coordinator.
● To represent the organization.
● To liaise with the Foundation Board of Directors on legal compliance of ILGA Foundation.”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
“I will continue my work as ILGA team and as indivisual to share (challenges, issues , good practicies) and fight for the equality and equity right of Asia Region.”

“ILGA itself a name of motivation, I can see where I was and what ILGA made me in la.”

Nominated by:
Have Only Positive Expectations - HOPE


Sowmya T Gupta (Hijra /Transgender)
The Humsafar Trust
India

“I started work as a field worker at grass root organization in 2004. In my 15 years career of working with the LGBTQ community in India, I have worked on ensuring an equal and better life for LGBTQ communities. I have focused on human & health rights of LGBTQ. In the year 2004 to 2010, I worked with Triveni, a TG CBO which works for the wellbeing of Hijra (a traditional terminology for Trans women in India) community in Mumbai. I joined Humsafar Trust in 2011 as a training officer in GFTAM - Pehchan program to provide technical support and monitoring to 51 Community Based Organizations across five states in India. Currently, I am working as Deputy Program Manager in CONNECT project supported by Amplify Change in Delhi. My work involves providing training and mentoring support to our connect partners in conducting advocacy activities across the country. I am playing a key role in engagement with Parliamentarians, govt. officials & key stakeholders to advocate for policy change and conducting advocacy sessions on sensitization issues of the transgender community for law enforcement agencies, legal departments, educational institutes and corporates. I also manage the INFOSEM secretariat - functioning to the implementation of the activities under the Network”

- What can you contribute to the ILGA Asia Board?
“I bring an experience of GFATM and grassroots learning with me, that will be used in ILGA to raise awareness of human rights violations faced by trans people, advocating for repealing of laws that criminalize trans persons and highlight other Indian laws like “Freedom of expression & Right to Privacy”, and political engagement. I would like to bring valuable learning from the Indian Transgender movement & to community empowerment for their rights. I’d like to progress in the movement to protect the rights of trans people in the Asian continent and see myself in key roles for creating awareness in the community to have inclusive policies with equal rights. I would like to take key responsibilities in the processes to make constructive and meaningful contributions to the movement that will help achieve successes. I like to bring the systems, monitoring, leadership skills that we have successfully used in the GFATM program. I hope with all these skills and from a diverse country like India, I would be able to contribute meaningfully in ILGA Asia.”

- What is your motivation for running?
“My motivation for applying for the position is to strengthen the strategies to work to reduce and eliminate human rights violation of LGBTQ people across the globe to ensure the equal rights for the LGBTQ. Indian LGBTQ movement has successfully completed the first layer of a long legal battle of equal rights, The Supreme Court gave progressive judgments like National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in the year 2014 and on Section 377 IPC in 2018 thus paving way for equal rights for LGBTQ in India. The NALSA judgement has come for TG in India but the progressive bills in parliament are still at a distance. The regressive Transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Bill that the govt. in intending to pass through legislation, I will also learn from other members and nations who have implemented successive legislations on how to build collective push on govt to go for the favourable bill. This situation has highly motivated me to work with enhanced & constructive strategies to advocate with the policy makers for inclusive policies with dignity and non-discriminatory approach. I am motivated to work on the regional level and would like to see rainbow flying everywhere in our Asian and Asia Pacific regions.”

Nominated by:
The Humsafar Trust


Wannapong (Nhuun) Yodmuang
Asia Pacific Transgender Network
Thailand

Nominated by:
Asia Pacific Transgender Network


Youth Representative


Tashi Tseten
Youth Voices Count
Bhutan

Nominated by:
Youth Voices Count


ILGA Asia