Biographies of the 21 members of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) transgender health policy committee have been made public. This group is responsible for developing international standards for the treatment of persons with gender dysphoria. In December, the profiles were released by the WHO. The study revealed that out of the 21 members, 11 lacked formal medical training, 10 had medical backgrounds, seven identified as transgender, and 8 were full-fledged physicians.
There are several transsexual people on the committee, and there are also several LGBTQ activists. For instance, Apako Williams is enumerated as the brains behind Tranz Network Uganda (TNU), a Ugandan organization that fights for the rights of gender non-conforming and transgender people using legal means (a Company Limited by Guarantee). According to the article, Ayouba El Hamri, a “trans and feminist activist located in Morocco,” has just become a member of the “Queer Women Network.”
Florence Ashley is a bioethicist and transfeminine jurist who has written extensively on transgender people’s rights in the healthcare and legal systems.
Since last year’s announcement, many have been critical of the WHO panel, claiming that it has “serious uncontrolled conflicts of interest” and has failed to include stakeholders whose opinions vary from transgender activist groups. Activists have agendas and no scientific background, according to Jamie Reed, executive director of the LGBT Courage Coalition.
According to Tarik Jašarević, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization, speaking to Fox News Digital, the committee is now in a “notification phase” when the organization may ask for input from the general public and critical stakeholders following the protocols for developing WHO recommendations. Developing guidelines started in 2021 and will consider all opinions on the GDG’s makeup.
To avoid accusations that WHO is trying to push guidelines for dealing with transgender adolescents, Jašarević pointed out that the committee’s policy is intended for adults exclusively.