October 13, 2021

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Earlier this month on October 4, more than 50 countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council called for the urgent protection of intersex human rights against "harmful practices, violence and discrimination based on sex characteristics." In the days following the initial UN speech, Egale was pleased to see Canada add its name to the growing list of countries calling to #ProtectIntersexRights.

Currently in Canada, we do not have sufficient laws to protect intersex people.

In fact, surgeries on intersex children have been condemned by major human rights groups such as the United Nations, Physicians for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch, as well as every intersex-led organization in the world.

The UN speech is crucial to advancing the human rights of intersex communities across the globe, and we look forward to seeing the specific actions in policymaking that come out of this joint call - both from Canada, and the international community.

Egale is no stranger to advancing policy to protect intersex people from harmful childhood surgeries; including our recent application at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a groundbreaking intersex human rights case.

We look forward to bringing more attention to intersex rights later this month on Intersex Awareness Day (October 26).


Le 4 octobre, environ 50 pays au Conseil des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies ont appelé à la protection urgente des droits humains intersexes contre "les pratiques néfastes, la violence et la discrimination fondées sur les caractéristiques sexuelles". Dans les jours qui ont suivi le discours initial de l'ONU, Égale était ravi de voir le Canada ajouter son nom à la liste croissante de pays appelant à #ProtégerLesDroitsIntersexes.

À l'heure actuelle, les communautés intersexes à travers le Canada n'ont pas actuellement suffisamment de lois en place pour les protéger de ces chirurgies nocives.

En fait, les interventions chirurgicales sur les enfants intersexes ont été condamnées par les principaux groupes de défense des droits humains tels que les Nations Unies, Physicians for Human Rights et Human Rights Watch, ainsi que par toutes les organisations intersexes dans le monde.

Le discours de l'ONU est crucial pour faire avancer les droits humains des communautés intersexes à travers le monde, et nous sommes impatient.e.s de voir les actions spécifiques dans l'élaboration des politiques qui découlent de cet appel conjoint - à la fois du Canada et de la communauté internationale.

Égale n'est pas étranger à la promotion de politiques visant à protéger les personnes intersexes contre les chirurgies infantiles nocives, y compris notre récente demande à la Cour supérieure de justice de l'Ontario dans une affaire révolutionnaire en matière de droits de la personne intersexe.

Nous sommes impatient.e.s d'attirer davantage l'attention sur les droits intersexes plus tard ce mois-ci lors de la Journée de la visibilité intersexe (le 26 octobre).


Helen Kennedy, Executive Director



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