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Intersex Awareness Day, 2021

We have much to celebrate this year, for Intersex Awareness Day. Complementary work by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian and ACT governments proposes that people with innate variations of sex characteristics should be protected from human rights violations in medical settings. This work includes a new report on Ensuring Health and Bodily Integrity by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The ACT government and the Victorian Minister for Health and Equality have made welcome and important commitments to reform in their jurisdictions, including prohibiting harmful practices and providing for independent oversight. These are necessary steps that provide a prerequisite for other actions, such as the development of standards of care, publication of human rights affirming resources and meaningful research. We need nationally consistent reforms and standards to ensure that intersex people are protected right across Australia.

We are proud that these developments build on years of work by Intersex Human Rights Australia and other community organisations, including Intersex Peer Support Australia. Together we build community, evidence, resources and capacity. We have engaged with a 2013 Senate inquiry, with UN Treaty Bodies and human rights institutions, and with health, legal and allied professionals and academics. We have collaborated on the development of the Darlington Statement and the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10.

Can you help secure these reforms? Can you help encourage other jurisdictions to commit to reforms? 

Check out some ideas on our Intersex Awareness Day page. This page also provides information on new health and education resources, and public events to mark the day.

Australian Human Rights Commission report

Human rights violations against intersex people in medical settings, and recommendations to end them, are documented in a Commission report that carefully and thoroughly documents and responds to current beliefs and practices by clinicians in hospitals around Australia. The Commission’s report is vital reading for medical, allied health, law and ethics professionals. The recommendations build on recommendations of a 2013 Senate committee report, and they need to be implemented by all Australian governments.

Including Intersex in educational settings

On 25 October, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) and A Gender Agenda announced publication of Including Intersex: responding to issues affecting the educational experiences of intersex students in Australia. This is an exciting new resource for schools and other educational settings and we congratulate SHFPACT and AGA on its launch. 

General Practice Supervisors Australia guide to the health needs of people with intersex variations

Later this week, General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) will publish guides to the health needs of people with intersex variations, and a guide to LGBTQIA+ Health and Inclusive Healthcare in General Practice. We thank Ruth McNair and the GPSA for their engagement with us. 

Public Health Association of Australia - Policy Position Statement

In September 2021, the Public Health Association of Australia approved and published an important new Policy Position Statement on the Health of People with Diverse Genders, Sexualities, and Sex Characteristics. It calls on Australian governments to end human rights abuses in medical settings, noting that these occur on infants, children and adolescents with intesex variations in Australia. We congratulate the Public Health Association of Australia and the members of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Special Interest Group for this important work.

Intersex Awareness Day webinar

IHRA and friends are holding a webinar on the evening of 26 October. All tickets have been taken, but the webinar will be shared on our website afterwards, including on the webinar page.

Darling Award, 2021

The winner of the 2021 Darling Award will be announced on Intersex Awareness Day on social media and on our Intersex Awareness Day page. The award celebrates organisations that go beyond an affirmation of the Darlington Statement.

IAD Mini Film Festival

Our friends in Aotearoa New Zealand are holding a mini film festival on the evenings of 25 – 27 October.

What can I do to help?

Find lots of ideas about things you can do to help improve the lives of people with innate variations of sex characteristics on our Intersex Awareness Day page!
Thanks so much for your attention and support. Please feel free to share this mailing with any colleagues or friends who may be interested.
Until our next mailing, please take care - Morgan, Cody and Clare.
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