Kenyan census results a ‘big win’ for intersex people

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11/04/2019

The results of Kenya’s first census to recognize intersex people are a “big win” for their rights, campaigners said as the data was released on Monday, expressing hopes it would lead to more progressive policies. Kenya became the first African nation and one of the only countries in the world to count people born with a sexual anatomy that does not fit typical definitions for male or female bodies as part of its 2019 census in August. The results showed that 1,524 people – 0.003 percent of the population – said they were intersex, a figure campaigners said was low and attributed to widespread stigma and low awareness. The United Nations estimates 1.7 percent of all children are born intersex – with reproductive organs, genitals, hormones or chromosomes that do not fit the usual expectations of male and female.

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