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.