On the problem of transgender persons when entering a name change in the registers

On the initiative of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, a working meeting was held regarding the problems that transgender people have when entering a name change in the registers in order to harmonize it with their gender identity. At the meeting, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Family Care, the City Administration – Department of Registers, and civil society organizations Geten and Kolektiv Talas TIRV, the possibilities for overcoming problems in practice and ensuring the implementation of the recommendations given by the Commissioner were discussed.

All participants acknowledged the problems and agreed that it is necessary to solve them through coordination and cooperation, both within the legal framework and by educating of all officials who work on registration in the registers. It was also concluded that it is necessary to engage everyone in raising awareness about the standards of respect for human rights and the position of transgender people.

Representatives of the Commissioner, Assistant to the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Tatjana Prijić, and Head of the Department for Processing Complaints in the Public Sector, Relja Pantić, indicated that the Commissioner is already working on the education of employees in registry offices, within the implementation of a project of the Geten organization, which will include all city/municipal administrations in Serbia, as well as that the institution is at the disposal of all competent services for resolving uncertainties that arise when registering a change of name of transgender persons for the purpose of harmonizing with gender identity.

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