Intersex Youth Aotearoa illustrate UN recommendations

Intersex Youth Aotearoa and Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand have illustrated intersex-specific recommendations from a report on NZ published earlier this month by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The report of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child stated:

Harmful practices
25. The Committee recommends that the State party:

(b) Develop and implement a child rights-based health care protocol for intersex children, setting the procedures and steps to be followed by health teams, ensuring that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guaranteeing the rights of children to bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination, and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;
(c) Promptly investigate incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions to provide redress to victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation;
(d) Educate and train medical and psychological professionals on the range of biological and physical sexual diversity and on the consequences of unnecessary surgical and other medical interventions on intersex children;
(e) Extend free access to surgical interventions and medical treatment related to their intersex condition to intersex children between the age of 16 and 18.

Read the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report
Intersex Youth Aotearoa