Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
Crisalys and Ñuca Trans were created in 2002 and 2007, respectively, by a group of trans femmes, due to the lack of spaces for closet trans femmes to express their gender identity and to have a national participation in the cultural field. Over the years, both groups have gained visibility and prestige before different organizations defending community rights and before governmental decision-making spaces, which has allowed them to achieve a political impact in the struggle for rights and equal opportunities for trans femme citizens, thus, participating in various governmental forums for the formulation of public policies. In their field of action, they have carried out various cultural activities, such as: 31 Trans (World Transgender Visibility Day) Artistic presentations in different public and private settings that have served as a platform to spread positive messages about how transgender women can also express themselves through art and culture. In their presentations they have used costumes typical of indigenous communities from the northern region of Ecuador, specifically the cities of Cayambe and Otavalo which have rich folklore and culture. “Especiales a lo Trans” (Special Programming the Trans Way) radio program, in Radio Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
The opening, integration, and participation of transgender women and the LGBTI community in more than 20 artistic and cultural spaces related to film, dance, radio, performing arts and human rights. The generation of new opportunities for the transgender population, especially for young people who can find an identity and a sense of belonging in spaces like these, thus, allowing them to develop their artistic and cultural capacities. Creating an environment of equal rights and opportunities for trans femme citizens. Establishing a space for the exchange of experiences and the dissemination of artistic and cultural activities through participation in Radio Casa de la Cultura. Positioning of the Ecuadorian identity through cultural presentations with typical garments of the nation.