Intersex Awareness Day on October 26 was created by the global intersex movement to share personal stories and histories and to promote the rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics.
The United Nations Free & Equal campaign explains ‘intersex people are born with sex characteristics … that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies’.
While there is limited data, researchers estimate as much as 1.7 per cent of the population is born with a variation in sex characteristics.
Over the past year the Commission has been leading a project exploring how to better protect the human rights of these people in the context of medical interventions.
“This work draws on Australian and international concerns about medical procedures involving Australian children with intersex variations before they are able to provide full and informed consent,” said Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow.
“We have recently completed public consultation and were privileged to speak with individuals, parents and carers, advocates, medical professionals and government representatives around Australia. I thank everyone involved for their candour and trust.”
The Commission will release a report with recommendations in the coming months.
More information about the project is available here.