From Toan to To An- as I truly am
Jessica and her friends went to Tan Son Nhat airport yesterday to catch a plane for Ha Noi to join a meeting. As much as she was excited about the trip, Jescica was worried about the security check at the airport. She holds a male ID card.
Her friends also held their breath as she stepped up to the check-in counter. To her surprise, the police officer on duty merely smiled and asked her why she hasn’t yet changed her name. Jessica felt relieved, as well as empowered.
But she is not always so lucky. Many times since her sex reassignment operation, Jessica has been refused access because of her male ID card. Keen to make her life easier, she has asked the local authority to amend her ID cards and change her name from Nguyen Huu Toan to Nguyen Huynh To An, a beautiful female name that she longs for. But for more than a year, the amendment has not been made because, as the public servant has said, there is no legal framework to guide this.
Jessica shared her story at a national dialogue in Ha Noi on 5 June on the legal and social challenges facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Likewise, other participants talked about the difficulties they face accessing the law, education, health and employment. “I just want to be treated as anyone else. I want to live in dignity and respect. That is all I want”. This was repeated many times during the one-day discussion.
- Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development to address UN SDGs / ASD / 유엔지속가능발전목표 이니셔티브 Great little video of young makers and changemakers last weekend at Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab for the last day of ODD Summer Camp organised by the Geneva Summer Schools, Citizen Cyberscience Centre, @Citizen Cyberlab and Tsinghua University as part of ODD Summer School - Part 3. Below are some of the projects: 1.AppsMan ( World Health Organization (WHO) ) - buzzer belt and crowdsourced app for assisting blind people to navigate in cities 2.Big-V ( United Nations Office at Geneva ) - visualisation and crowdsourcing of data about what different international organisations do to tackle the #SDG to design a “United Nations phone” using Seeed Studio technology 3.Shen ( International Committee of the Red Cross ) - #crowdfunding campaign for low-cost arsenic sensor for water quality measurements in #refugee camps that may also develop into a hardware water testing project, and a low-cost spectrometer 4.Three Musketeers ( UNEP) - crowdsourcing the evaluation of satellite imagery from different providers, for assessing mining sites in Africa 5.Urban gardens ( United Nations Development Programme - UNDP) - crowdsourcing information on ways to use natural materials to build urban gardens 6.Wandering Belly ( Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)) - crowdsourcing data about poultry markets in China for health statistics 7.Extra CERN projects: (1).Cosmic-Pi (CERN) - cosmic ray detector for schools, to make global measurements of cosmic rays, cloud cover. (2) Raspberry Pi for LHC (CERN) - use low-cost computers to simulate collisions in CERN’s large hadron collider Do let us know with more notice of these events, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab and David Li - more than happy to participate and support ! http://v.qq.com/x/page/z0324gyl8jq.html about an hour ago
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