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OII Europe published the brochure #MyInstersexStory in November of 2019, telling the personal stories of intersex people living in Europe. It contains fifteen testimonies by intersex people and their families and features fifteen colourful illustrations by intersex artist and OII Europe staff member Ins A Kromminga. The book also includes a text by intersex scholar and sociology professor Janik Bastien Charlebois ‘On our own terms and in our own words’: The value of first-person accounts of intersex experience. Check out the publication by clicking on the book.
Intersex: cultural and social perspectives
In the academic journal ‘Culture, Health & Sexuality’, Volume 23, Issue 4 in 2021, the introduction article ‘Intersex: cultural and social perspectives’ by Surya Monro, Morgan Carpenter, Daniela Crocetti, Georgiann Davis, Fae Garland, David Griffiths, Peter Hegarty, Mitchell Travis, Maura Cabral Grinspan and Peter Aggleton is recommended.
The article gives a brief overview of the intersex studies that have been done over the most recent years and its interesting outcomes. Intersex studies is a developing interdisciplinary area of enquiry. The article builds upon the work of academic and activist authors who first brought the then still unknown issue of intersex experience to light. The article intends to create a further base ground for the field and encourage academics to carry out new research beyond that represented in the following pages. Click on the image to access the article.
Covid-19 Survey Report
In December 2020 OII Europe, the European intersex organisation, published the survey report ‘Covid-19. A report on the situation of intersex people in Europe and Central Asia’. This interex-led survey is the first in Europe and Central Asia to specifically focus on the impact of Covid-19 on intersex individuals. It is part of a global project, conducted by the International Intersex Community, that aims to increase knowledge about the situation of intersex people in times of the pandemic.
‘Already before the Covid-19 pandemic, intersex people were among the most vulnerable groups of the general population. The findings of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) 2019 EU-LGBTI II Survey have confirmed this for many areas of live, for example regarding access to health and health care, income, housing and safety. The pandemic has only increased the risks for our community’, says Dan Christian Ghattas, Executive Director of OII Europe. Click on the image above to read the full report on the situation of intersex people in Europe and Central Asia during the pandemic.
The EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy - 2020-2025
The European Commission published on the 12th of November 2020 the first-ever EU LGBTIQ strategy. It is the first policy framework specifically set out to combat discrimination against LGBTQI people on European level. The strategy includes a set of actions to start adressing the issues such as discrimination of LGBTQI people, ensure the safety of LGBTQI people, build inclusive societies and publically calling for LGBTQI equality in Europe specifically.
The strategy also has a particular focus on improving the situations of trans, non-binary and intersex people. The report specifically addresses harmful practices against intersex people, such as the unnecessary medical interventions on intersex infants and adolescents without their free, prior and fully informed consent (also: intersex genital mutilation: IGM). Check out the strategy by clicking the image above.
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