Fourth
International
Intersex
Forum

20-23 April - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Why attend the 4IIF?

The International Intersex Forum brings together intersex activists and intersex led organisations from all regions of the world. The 4th forum in Amsterdam is preceded by 3 fora: Brussels (2011), Stockholm (2012), and Malta (2013).

The closing statements of the three previous fora have been cited by numerous human rights institutions around the world, including intersex human rights papers published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and by ally organizations.

The statement of the Third International Intersex Forum, also known as the ‘Malta Declaration’ affirms the existence of intersex people, and demands an end to discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination. For the first time, the Forum included a statement on birth registrations, in addition to other human rights issues.

More about the International Intersex Fora: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Intersex_Forum
More about the Malta Declaration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta_declaration_(International_Intersex_Forum)

Who can apply?

Participation to the Forum is open to intersex advocates only.

Scholarships are offered to provide assistance to people who would otherwise be unable to attend the Forum for financial reasons.

Applicants will be shortlisted and selected by the Forum’s organising committee, which is composed of intersex advocates from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. The organising committee will ensure that the Forum has a balanced regional representation.

Completing this application does not guarantee that you will be selected to participate. This selection procedure also applies to and includes self-funded applicants.

Even though every attempt will be made to assist as many applicants as possible, there is a limited number of available scholarships.

Selected applicants will be informed by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Organisations willing to financially support the participation of intersex advocates are encouraged to contact us at director@ilga.org or at miriam.vanderhave@nnid.nl

Many thanks in advance for all the support you can provide!

Deadline & notification

The application must be completed by Thursday 9 March 2017.

Successful applicants will be informed by email by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Organisation

NNID Foundation and ILGA are organising the 4th Forum. An organising committee of intersex leaders from all regions was set up and will be responsible to develop and deliver the Forum’s programme.

Through the Intersex Human Rights Fund, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is providing financial and organising support for the Forum.

More information:

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Statement of the Third International Intersex Forum

The statement of the Third International Intersex Forum is also known as the 'Malta Declaration'. The declaration affirms the existence of intersex people, and demands an end to "discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination".

The International Intersex Forum brings together intersex activists and organisations from multiple regions in the world. The upcoming forum in Amsterdam is preceded by the fora in Brussels (2011), Stockholm (2012), and Malta (2013). The closing statements of the three previous fora have been cited by numerous human rights institutions around the world, including intersex human rights papers published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and by organizations allying themselves with the intersex human rights movement.
The statement of the Third International Intersex Forum is also known as the ‘Malta Declaration’. The declaration affirms the existence of intersex people, and demands an end to “discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination”. For the first time, the Forum included a statement on birth registrations, in addition to other human rights issues.

PREAMBLE

We affirm that intersex people are real, and we exist in all regions and all countries around the world. Thus, intersex people must be supported to be the drivers of social, political and legislative changes that concern them.

We reaffirm the principles of the First and Second International Intersex Fora and extend the demands aiming to end discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.

DEMANDS

  • To put an end to mutilating and ‘normalising’ practices such as genital surgeries, psychological and other medical treatments through legislative and other means. Intersex people must be empowered to make their own decisions affecting own bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.
  • To put an end to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, pre-natal screening and treatment, and selective abortion of intersex foetuses.
  • To put an end to infanticide and killings of intersex people.
  • To put an end to non-consensual sterilisation of intersex people.
  • To depathologise variations in sex characteristics in medical guidelines, protocols and classifications, such as the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases.
  • To register intersex children as females or males, with the awareness that, like all people, they may grow up to identify with a different sex or gender.
  • To ensure that sex or gender classifications are amendable through a simple administrative procedure at the request of the individuals concerned. All adults and capable minors should be able to choose between female (F), male (M), non-binary or multiple options. In the future, as with race or religion, sex or gender should not be a category on birth certificates or identification documents for anybody.
  • To raise awareness around intersex issues and the rights of intersex people in society at large.
  • To create and facilitate supportive, safe and celebratory environments for intersex people, their families and surroundings.
  • To ensure that intersex people have the right to full information and access to their own medical records and history.
  • To ensure that all professionals and healthcare providers that have a specific role to play in intersex people’s wellbeing are adequately trained to provide quality services.To provide adequate acknowledgement of the suffering and injustice caused to intersex people in the past, and provide adequate redress, reparation, access to justice and the right to truth.
  • To build intersex anti-discrimination legislation in addition to other grounds, and to ensure protection against intersectional discrimination.
  • To ensure the provision of all human rights and citizenship rights to intersex people, including the right to marry and form a family.
  • To ensure that intersex people are able to participate in competitive sport, at all levels, in accordance with their legal sex. Intersex athletes who have been humiliated or stripped of their titles should receive reparation and reinstatement.
  • Recognition that medicalization and stigmatisation of intersex people result in significant trauma and mental health concerns.
  • In view of ensuring the bodily integrity and well-being of intersex people, autonomous non-pathologising psycho-social and peer support be available to intersex people throughout their life (as self-required), as well as to parents and/or care providers.

IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE THE FORUM CALLS ON

  1. International, regional and national human rights institutions to take on board, and provide visibility to intersex issues in their work.
  2. National governments to address the concerns raised by the Intersex Forum and draw adequate solutions in direct collaboration with intersex representatives and organisations.
  3. Media agencies and sources to ensure intersex people’s right to privacy, dignity, accurate and ethical representation.
  4. Funders to engage with intersex organisations and support them in the struggle for visibility, increase their capacity, the building of knowledge and the affirmation of their human rights.
  5. Human rights organisations to contribute to build bridges with intersex organisations and build a basis for mutual support. This should be done in a spirit of collaboration and no-one should instrumentalise intersex issues as a means for other ends.

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