Dr. Bart van de Ven and dr. Ellen Defrancq, owners of 2pass Clinic in Belgium, have started the Gender Foundation, a charity organization that strives for wider public understanding of issues faced by transgender women.
The Gender Foundation wants to achieve her goals through “Trans Ambassadors”: a group of trans women who are prepared to share their experiences with employers, public bodies and other groups. The foundation also wants to provide an online resource centre for information about all kinds of trans-related issues.
The founders firmly believe that the key to improving the lives of trans women is to increase public understanding. They hope to grow awareness through presentations and dialogues with employers and organisations. Trans women at any stage in their transition may contact the foundation and ask for assistance to their manager, human resources department or whoever is involved in trans-related issues. Equally, employers or organisations seeking a speaker or assistance on trans issues may contact the foundation.
The Trans Ambassador Programme will work across Western Europe. Though the programme is still in its initial phase, the foundation hopes to include speakers from the UK, Germany and other European countries.
The first ambassador to join the programme is London-based barrister Robin Moira White who speaks regularly about the issues that trans women face on the labour market and in the workplace. According to Robin Moira White, public understanding of trans issues has improved in recent years. Yet, even today many trans women face considerable challenges in their personal and working lives. It also remains difficult for many to have treatment funded, despite the growing availability and effectiveness of procedures such as facial feminization surgery and electrolysis hair removal.
Dr. Bart van de Ven is an internationally known specialist in facial feminization surgery. Together with his partner, Dr. Ellen Defrancq, he founded 2pass Clinic which offers surgery and other treatments for trans women. Improving the lives of transgender women has become their mission.
The Gender Foundation is funded by Dr. Bart van de Vens consultation fees and through donations and sponsorship. Anyone interested in financially supporting the goals of the foundation is welcome to contact 2pass.
Dr Bart van de Ven donates all his consultation fees to the foundation. That’s between 20.000 and 25.000 euro a year.
If you want to support the Gender Foundation you can donate to:
|Name beneficiary:||Gender Foundation|
|Name and address bank:||BNP Paribas Fortis, Strijdersstraat 2, Edegem, Antwerp, Belgium|
|IBAN: Acount Number:||
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