We are pleased to share current and recent peer-reviewed journal articles by co-executive director Morgan Carpenter, on intersex health and human rights, and an associated book chapter. In an open access peer-reviewed journal article and a forthcoming book chapter, Morgan describes contradictions where medicine construct intersex bodies as either female or male while law and… Read more →
The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a major project to consult on protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions. The project is being assisted by an expert reference group that includes directors of IHRA, AISSGA and representatives of other intersex/parent-led organisations, disability and… Read more →
Morgan Carpenter, for IHRA (then OIIAU), and Bonnie Hart, for the AISSGA, made a joint letter of submission in March to the Medical Board of Australia on proposed “Draft revised guidelines Sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship”. Intersex variations (often contentiously termed “disorders of sex development” in clinical settings) relate to personal sex characteristics, and… Read more →
IHRA has made a Shadow Report submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), on the situation of intersex people in Australia. This submission builds upon our recent submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission and the UN Human Rights Committee, within parameters set by a much reduced word count. It… Read more →
There is agreement that men have a performance advantage over women in athletics. However, there is no scientific consensus that women with intersex traits have any such performance advantage, or any consistent, non-arbitrary advantage at all. Data produced by the IAAF is contested, and its new rules appear to be selectively implemented: affecting only a… Read more →
IHRA has made a formal submission to the Department of Justice and Attorney General of the Queensland Government on proposed amendments to legislation on birth certificates. The submission is grounded in the Darlington Statement of March 2017, and the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10.
At a Special General Meeting on 4 March 2018, members approved a change in name to “Intersex Human Rights Australia” (IHRA) from OII Australia. This name change more closely represents our work, promoting human rights and particularly protection of bodily autonomy and freedom from torture and ill-treatment, and providing education and information.
In March 2017, intersex advocates from around Australia and Aotearoa/NZ came together in Darlington, Sydney, to identify common issues and concerns, and agree a consensus statement. In addition to publishing the Darlington Statement, more intersex people are now more visible, and our voices are more connected across our countries than ever before. We want to… Read more →