South Africa marks International Intersex Awareness Day

Transgender and Intersex Africa push for more awareness of intersex issues in South Africa

South Africa marks International Intersex Awareness Day
24 October 2012

Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) has released a statement in support of International Intersex Awareness Day, which has been marked on 26 October since 1996.

‘TIA believes that this day is a great opportunity to break the silence and stop the ignorance about the existence of the intersex community in South Africa,’ said the statement.

‘It is also an opportune time to highlight the challenges and struggle that intersex individuals face in our country, such as non-consensual and unnecessary genital mutilation of intersex babies.’

TIA are dedicating the 14 days from International Intersex Awareness Day until Intersex Day of Remembrance (8 November) to spreading information through social media, radio interviews and TV appearances.

‘We will really focus on our intersex constituencies,’ TIA advocacy coordinator Nthabiseng Mokoena told Gay Star News. ‘This means catching up with them, finding out what they are going through, the challenges they face and how we can help.’

‘Intersex people should be celebrated as part of the diverse and variant human phenomenon,’ added Mokoena.

International Intersex Awareness Day was started in 1996 by the now defunct Intersex Society of North America with a demonstration outside the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston. 

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