Independent 2013: Intersex women speak out to protect the next generation

Human Genital Mutilation (HGM) was used to hide the existence of intersex people – the hope was that surgery could neatly put people into a gender box – of course people are more complex – and surgery needs to be with informed consent …

“In the 1960s, it became the norm to operate on children with atypical sexual anatomy at a young age. Doctors assigned the child’s gender and operated to reinforce it. Although attitudes started to change around the turn of the millennium, and clinicians say they have moved to a more “multi-disciplinary” approach, there is still no record of the number of operations carried out, according to Professor Sarah Creighton, consultant gynaecologist at University College London Hospitals.

This year, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned non- consensual surgery on children to “fix their sex”, saying it could cause “permanent, irreversible infertility and severe mental suffering”.

 

Click for full Article: Special report: Intersex women speak out to protect the next generation

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