“In Nicaragua there are a lot of NGOs and there are unions, but there are no unions that defend the right of trans and LGBTI community as workers. For me it was a new path to be taken, since the LGBTI organizations only speak about human rights and HIV prevention. But human rights are too vague. So I took the step to say that we were going to create the first union of trans women and talk about labor rights. We are a working class and the public services as well as the government had not seen that. We contribute as citizens from Nicaragua and we belong to the working class, even though we work in the informal sector, we work day and night to be able to survive. We are the pride of the working class.”
Researchers sent applications for jobs in three sectors from cis and trans candidates in Singapore. Overall, 75,5% of all cis candidates and 86,5% of trans candidates received a negative response. Despite equal qualification, when receiving a positive response, cis woman and cis men were over 100% more likely to be invited to an interview than trans women and trans men respectively.
Discrimination at work
According to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 46% of trans women, compared to 37% of trans men and 38% of inter respondents reported discrimination in the past 12 months when looking for a job.
In a study about the experiences of trans and non-binary people at work, 42,8% reported being the target of unpleasant sexual references, while another 15,8% were the victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Nearly a third (29,3%) were bullied or insulted.
The same study shows reveals that nearly half (46,9%) state that they are not acknowledge in their gender identity, and four out of ten (39,1%) state that they were shunned, socially excluded and isolated.
Trans sex workers demands
- An end to violence against trans sex workers
- Asserting our right to self-determination and self-identification
- More awareness and eduction instead of regurgitation of transphobic terms and representations
- Respect, not fetishization
- Recognition of the diversity of trans sex workers
- An end to discrimination against trans* people in all sectors and industries
- Solidarity with trans sex workers – in the trans community and in the sex work industry.
Trans domestic workers
“Domestic workers are already vulnerable. As trans and LGBTI workers doing domestic work, our rights continue to be violated, despite the existence of the specific legislation we have in Nicaragua on domestic workers. We know we have an excellent legal framework in Nicaragua, but how the law is applied or enforced is a different matter entirely. We must remain constantly vigilant to ensure our rights are respected.
We have participated in digital campaigns for trans inclusion at work, but also for the ratification of ILO convention C190 and recommendation 206. These are both very important for trans women because they deal with the eradication of violence and harassment at work, something that we suffer on a daily basis.
But, thanks to our struggle together with FETRADOMOV and the IDWF, we can say that we have won a space in the trade union movement, and we have won a seat at the table with decision makers.”