National Intersex Meeting –
From medical to social issues,
government must act
By Kellyn Botha
South Africa, 13 December 2017
Monday, 11 December saw an historic discussion on the promotion and preservation of human rights for intersex persons in South Africa. The National Intersex Meeting, organised in collaboration with Intersex South Africa (ISSA), the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), and the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), saw discussion between activists, government representatives, as well as legal and medical professionals, and is thought to be the first of its kind in the country.
11 December 2017
National Intersex Meeting Announcement
On Monday 11 December 2017 Iranti, in partnership with Intersex South Africa (ISSA), the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ), will host a National Engagement on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of intersex persons. Read the full press release here.
Ground-Breaking African Intersex Meeting hosted by the International Intersex Human Rights Fund
by Joshua Sehoole
Johannesburg, 2 December 2017
In the last few years four international intersex fora were organized enabling organizations and activists in the global intersex movement to engage with one another, develop collaborative actions, and build a common platform. In addition, increasing collaborative action has also helped to promote awareness and recognition of intersex issues.
Recognizing the unequal representation of intersex people from the Global South, intersex activists identified the need to create spaces within regions with the goals to increase individual and organizational capacity needed to identify specific regional needs, address human rights violations against intersex persons and develop regional strategies. In this regard, Iranti was approached to be the logistical host for an intersex-led, African regional intersex meeting.
A planning team led by intersex people from the region developed and delivered the Meeting’s programme. Through the Intersex Human Rights Fund, the Astraea Foundation for Justice provided financial and organizing support for the meeting, which took place between 24 and 26 November 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The meeting, attended by 22 intersex delegates from 7 countries across East, West and Southern Africa, saw activists share information and lived experiences with one another, and gain knowledge from a range of experts on topics such as organising, advocacy through media, funding, dealing with oppression, lack of support, and mental wellbeing.
By the end of the engagement, delegates had formulated a comprehensive statement recalling the principles of the Malta declaration, and making strong demands to the state and different sectors of society around intersex human rights on the African continent.