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What does progress for a human rights movement look like?

As we look towards a number of potentially exciting legislative changes in the near future. Morgan decided to comb through our archives and construct a timeline of all the significant legal and community developments that have led to this moment in time. What really stood out to us were the successes borne out of intersex people coming together, taking the lead, and being heard. Intersex-led reform has always set the gold standard. 

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A snapshot of the human rights landscape for intersex people in Australia

  • Protections from harmful practices in medical settings, including forced and coercive so-called ‘normalising’ interventions without personal informed consent: ACT (public commitment made, work in progress), Victoria (public commitment made, work in progress)
  • Elimination of discriminatory practices in the application of assisted reproductive treatments: no
  • Apology and redress for harmful practices: no
  • Human rights-affirming standards of care: no
  • Protections from discrimination on grounds of sex characteristics: ACT, Tasmania (partial), Victoria
  • Protections from discrimination on grounds of intersex status: Commonwealth, SA
  • Fair work protections: no
  • Respect for the diversity of people with intersex variations in relation to sex markers, and data collection: Commonwealth (mixed, bad practice in 2013 guidelines, but 2020 ABS Standard is best practice), Northern Territory (birth certificates), Tasmania (birth certificates), Victoria (birth certificates)
You can read the full timeline here. It is a new page, and feedback on any errors or omissions is very welcome.

To a significant extent, the timeline demonstrates what Morgan has described in journal articles as contradictory understandings of our existence and needs. Find out more here.

Webinar: Raising awareness and visibility of the ‘I’ in educational settings

There's only a few spots left for our next free webinar focused on intersex people in education settings. Dr Agli Zavros-Orr is currently the chair of IHRA. Agli comes from a migrant background, and is an academic, researcher and consultant in the education space.

"The intersex human rights movement has, to date, focused on advocating for greater understanding and changing practices in medical, legal and political spaces. Contemporary literature is beginning to explore how the health and wellbeing of people born with variations in sex characteristics are also impacted by educational discursive practices.

"Engaging in intersex inclusion in school curricula can support intersex youth to understand their own circumstances, and also promote acceptance and compassionate understanding among peers."

This free webinar will be held via Zoom on Monday 27 September 2021 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST.

You can learn more about the webinar here, and register for it here.

Welcome to Clare!

We are pleased to welcome another new face to IHRA. Clare joins IHRA in a role supporting existing staff as administrator, she is based in Victoria having migrated from the UK.

With a background in practice management and most recently working for community-focused not-for-profit organisations building connections online.

In her spare time - outside of lockdowns! - she is a volunteer leader for a body positive bushwalking / adventure group.

This rounds out our team to three members, and we're thoroughly excited to have Clare on board boosting the capacity of IHRA right now during this dynamic and exciting time. Welcome aboard Clare!

IHRA has had paid staff since our first two part-time paid positions were announced in December 2016. Then, as now, two part-time positions are entirely supported by foreign philanthropy. Like all our staff, Clare works in a part-time role, funded through fixed term grants or contracts.

If you're able to help us grow our organisation, you can donate or find out more in our funding prospectus.

Thanks. for sharing

Thanks for reading our newsletter. Please feel free to share with colleagues or friends who may find it to be of interest.

- Morgan, Cody and Clare

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