A human rights-based approach is one that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally focused on the promotion and protection of human rights.
It involves analysing the inequalities that cause the violation of intersex people’s rights and challenging discriminatory practices and the inequitable distributions of power that impede development through justice, politics, and legislation.

Within the framework of a human rights approach, plans, policies and development processes are anchored in a system of established rights and corresponding obligations under international law. This helps to promote the sustainability of activism, which enables people to empower themselves – especially the most marginalised – and to participate in policy formulation and in holding accountable those who have a duty to act.