HRC54 Side Event | Human rights of intersex persons: mapping good practices and addressing the gaps

Side event at the 54th session of the Human Rights Council

  • Date: Thursday, 5 October 2023
  • Time: 16:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)
  • Location: hybrid event (in person: Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva; online

The image is surrounded by a frame in the colour of the intersex pride flag and mentions the date, location, language, and speakers  of the HRC54 side event: ‘Human rights of intersex persons: mapping good practices and addressing the gaps’


Intersex individuals, who are born with variations in sex characteristics that do not fit typical definitions for male or female bodies, face unique and often misunderstood challenges – including human rights violations such as discrimination, lack of access to appropriate healthcare, and non-consensual medical interventions.

During the past decade, significant legal developments have occurred at the international, regional and national levels that have improved the human rights protections of this community. However, the overwhelming majority of UN member States still lack legislation and policies to address these violations. The situation requires ongoing engagement with intersex human rights defenders to ensure that the civil society is best positioned to advocate for the human rights of intersex people.

During this event, speakers will provide information on the developments of human rights violations, protections, and progress related to intersex persons – both globally and at the regional level. They will also share evidence-driven data, publications, and other resources which will equip attendees with the information to effectively act upon the violation of the human rights of intersex people, and call attention to various established initiatives, projects, tools, and good practices related to civil society advocacy supporting intersex people.