New collective to campaign for intersex rights in Southern Africa

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03/01/2023

From 25 to 27 November 2022, intersex activists from Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe gathered for a Southern African Intersex Capacity Strengthening meeting, convened by Iranti, a lesbian, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming rights organisation. At the meeting, they founded a new autonomous collective; the Southern African Intersex Forum (SAIF), to bolster the capacities of intersex organisations in the SADC region. “We recognise that stigma, discrimination, medical violence, and exclusion of intersex people is prevalent in the region. The legal and policy environment is not enabling for the promotion and protection of the rights of intersex people,” said the collective in a statement. “Intersex people have limited access to justice and redress when faced with human rights violations both nationally and regionally. Discrimination results in limited access to education, employment, affirming healthcare and other essential services.”

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