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  • Organisation

    Intersex Asia is an autonomous regional network of intersex-led organizations and individuals from Asian countries, established in2018 during the first Asian Intersex Forum, that work to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of intersex individuals and raise awareness on human rights violations and discrimination faced by intersex communities. The first regional level meetingof intersex activists took place in 2015 in Taipei-where several intersex leaders came together and resolved to work towards establishing the regional network of intersex organisations.
    It is a regional network which aims to work across the Asian region. At the moment, they have significant presence in 10countries which are primarily located in the South Asian and South-East Asian region.

    Ina short span of time, Intersex Asia has emerged as a strong voice for the intersex community in the region. As a regional organisation, it acts as a pillar of strength and support for intersex leaders in the Asian region andmember organisations. In the past few years, they have played an important role in shaping the discourse around intersex rights in the countries where we have presence. They have also successfully completed several awareness projects as well as community-building exercises. They are proud of the fact that our initiatives have given confidence to intersex people and it is evident from the enthusiastic presence of intersex people in our events. They have also been able to support our community members during times of extraordinary crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lockdown period, IA worked extensively to ensure that intersex people in the region receive adequate financial support to meet their financial needs.

    • Organisation

      Intersex Asia is an autonomous regional network of intersex-led organizations and individuals from Asian countries, established in2018 during the first Asian Intersex Forum, that work to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of intersex individuals and raise awareness on human rights violations and discrimination faced by intersex communities. The first regional level meetingof intersex activists took place in 2015 in Taipei-where several intersex leaders came together and resolved to work towards establishing the regional network of intersex organisations.
      It is a regional network which aims to work across the Asian region. At the moment, they have significant presence in 10countries which are primarily located in the South Asian and South-East Asian region.

      Ina short span of time, Intersex Asia has emerged as a strong voice for the intersex community in the region. As a regional organisation, it acts as a pillar of strength and support for intersex leaders in the Asian region andmember organisations. In the past few years, they have played an important role in shaping the discourse around intersex rights in the countries where we have presence. They have also successfully completed several awareness projects as well as community-building exercises. They are proud of the fact that our initiatives have given confidence to intersex people and it is evident from the enthusiastic presence of intersex people in our events. They have also been able to support our community members during times of extraordinary crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lockdown period, IA worked extensively to ensure that intersex people in the region receive adequate financial support to meet their financial needs.

    • Project

      Intersex people in South East Asia are not protected from human rights violations.. In most countries from this region, the law fails to recognise them, address their particular needs and they are repeatedly invisibilized and confused with other identities withinthe broad SOGIESC umbrella. Moreover, the COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated current injustices and intersex people have been disproportionately affected. Intersex Asia is deeply concerned about the current state of legal protection of intersex people in these countries. This situation is further exacerbated with an acuted earth of research on intersex rights in the region. Most of the existing research is medical in nature and does not address legislative protection and/or recognition of intersex population. IA is planning to conduct research projects which aim at filling gaps in research and evidence when it comes to better outcomes for intersex people. Given the lack of a regional human rights instrument in the Asian region, IA is planning to prioritise national-level research projects. Currently, our member organisations don’t have well-researched reports/position papers to support their advocacy efforts with the government. Even though some significant legal developments have been taking place in the wider Asian over the last decade, there is a research gap when it comes to the analysis of intersex legal frameworks and case-law.

      Objectives of the Project: To come up with publications that aim at improving the understanding around the mechanisms and protections (or gaps) for intersex persons inSouth East Asia: Mapthe current legislative and policy mechanisms which are relevant for consideration from the point of view of intersex people. Analyse the current laws and policies launched by the governments and focus their suitability for intersex persons. Place South East Asian developments on intersex within a global context through the provision of a comparative overview of other countries that have legislated on intersex (comparable processes occurring internationally and what can be learned from them). To provide recommendations on the legal protection of intersex persons in South East Asia. A comparative approach will be adopted in order to provide the reader with a full picture on the situation of intersex rights. This approach will also allow for the provision of solid recommendations on how to protect effectively intersex rights inthe region. IA would prepare an online database for regularly reporting the updates regarding the research projects which are being planned under this grant. This database would contain all the information which is publically available on intersex rights in the Asian region. Further, we would also collate all official documents on this database. Methodology for the project Intersex Asia aims to conduct the project by directly collaborating with the intersex community in the region since one of the aims of this project is to increase the visibility of intersex people. Initial research for this project will involve desk reviews of the academic,legal and policy literature on the subject. We’ll work directly with our member organisations based in the focus countries to reach out to the community members and ensure that their voices are reflected in the outcomes ofthe projects. Outputs Research findings and data collected from the multiple projects from this grant will lead to the production of a various forms of publications with implications for policy response and advocacy related to intersex human rights inSouth East Asia.

  • Project

    Intersex people in South East Asia are not protected from human rights violations.. In most countries from this region, the law fails to recognise them, address their particular needs and they are repeatedly invisibilized and confused with other identities withinthe broad SOGIESC umbrella. Moreover, the COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated current injustices and intersex people have been disproportionately affected. Intersex Asia is deeply concerned about the current state of legal protection of intersex people in these countries. This situation is further exacerbated with an acuted earth of research on intersex rights in the region. Most of the existing research is medical in nature and does not address legislative protection and/or recognition of intersex population. IA is planning to conduct research projects which aim at filling gaps in research and evidence when it comes to better outcomes for intersex people. Given the lack of a regional human rights instrument in the Asian region, IA is planning to prioritise national-level research projects. Currently, our member organisations don’t have well-researched reports/position papers to support their advocacy efforts with the government. Even though some significant legal developments have been taking place in the wider Asian over the last decade, there is a research gap when it comes to the analysis of intersex legal frameworks and case-law.

    Objectives of the Project: To come up with publications that aim at improving the understanding around the mechanisms and protections (or gaps) for intersex persons inSouth East Asia: Mapthe current legislative and policy mechanisms which are relevant for consideration from the point of view of intersex people. Analyse the current laws and policies launched by the governments and focus their suitability for intersex persons. Place South East Asian developments on intersex within a global context through the provision of a comparative overview of other countries that have legislated on intersex (comparable processes occurring internationally and what can be learned from them). To provide recommendations on the legal protection of intersex persons in South East Asia. A comparative approach will be adopted in order to provide the reader with a full picture on the situation of intersex rights. This approach will also allow for the provision of solid recommendations on how to protect effectively intersex rights inthe region. IA would prepare an online database for regularly reporting the updates regarding the research projects which are being planned under this grant. This database would contain all the information which is publically available on intersex rights in the Asian region. Further, we would also collate all official documents on this database. Methodology for the project Intersex Asia aims to conduct the project by directly collaborating with the intersex community in the region since one of the aims of this project is to increase the visibility of intersex people. Initial research for this project will involve desk reviews of the academic,legal and policy literature on the subject. We’ll work directly with our member organisations based in the focus countries to reach out to the community members and ensure that their voices are reflected in the outcomes ofthe projects. Outputs Research findings and data collected from the multiple projects from this grant will lead to the production of a various forms of publications with implications for policy response and advocacy related to intersex human rights inSouth East Asia.

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