REGIONAL August 7, 2013

Spotlight: Haus of Khameleon, Fiji

Haus of Khameleon is a youth and transgender led feminist movement working to create a safe space for Transgender people in Fiji. Formerly known as the ’Fiji Transgender Empowerment Project’ under the Fiji Arts Council (2010-11), Haus of Khameleon has gone through a period of reinvention to expand, restrategise and replenish their work.

They believe in the power of Art as a tool for activism and use a variety of media to create, inspire, inform, celebrate and energize their communities. Using an evidence-based, human rights and gender sensitive response to better address the issues of concern to their members, including: social and restorative justice, gender based violence, access to services and resources, sexual and reproductive health and rights, peace and security, democracy and good governance, right to legal identity recognition, environmental issues, employment, bullying, etc.

Governed by a Management Collective, this collective of community representation provides strategic direction and oversight to all programmes and activities. At the national level, Haus of Khameleon is a member of the Rainbow Fiji Coalition, the Fiji Joint Sex Workers Alliance, the National Youth Council of Fiji, and various women’s movements.

Haus of Khameleon is the leading transgender organisation working with the broader LGBT movement in Fiji, as well as close allies including various transgender organisations in the Pacific by providing technical support.

In March 2013, Haus of Khameleon signed an agreement with the Te Tiare Association in the Cook Islands to develop their three-year action plan.

Other works include event management and hosting Fiji’s biggest LGBT event ‘Adi Senikau Pageant’ which is held annually every August.

Through their Creative Director, Haus of Khameleon also sits in the UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum as the corepresentative from the Asia Pacific region.

For more information about Haus of Khameleon, head to their Facebook page or visit their website at http://www.hausofkhameleon.org