ADDED ON: 09/26/2020

Govt urged to recognise, research on intersex community

09/25/2020 | Radio VOP

There are growing calls for government to recognise the existence of intersex persons and need for research to guide on the realities of the “hidden” community. Intersex is a general term used for a variety of conditions, in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Several such cases have been recorded in the country. Owing to lack of information to guide parents of intersex children, many sort “corrective” medical procedures and surgeries for their children, which brews challenges when they grow up. Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) said the long road to attain rights of the intersex community starts by getting recognition from government. “It has to start with the government itself, by acknowledging the existence of intersex people in Zimbabwe and to stop trying to erase intersex people by either traditional, cultural or medical means, to give intersex people a platform to speak out in order to educate and inform our Zimbabwean society on realities of intersex people in Zimbabwe, to help raise an awareness on intersex issues and to include and consider of intersex people in everything including law and policies crafting and reforming,” ICoZ director Ronie Zuze.

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