A person holding an intersex flag turns their back to the camera, looking at a blue sky with some white clouds.
The image reads (in English and Spanish): "Intersex Day of Solidarity. Standing together in times of adversity.
8 November 2021, 12-3pm CET. Register now: ilga.org"
On this Intersex Day of Remembrance / Day of Solidarity, we want to commemorate the lives of those who are no longer with us, and the ones that are currently experiencing persecution or live in environments of fear, hate, secrecy and shame.
The day is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight issues faced by intersex people, and marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin - a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by the philosopher Michel Foucault, along with contemporary texts and later further misrepresentations in fictionalised accounts about her experiences as a queer intersex person.
While Intersex Awareness Day focuses on the creation of awareness and visibility of intersex people in society, Intersex Day of Solidarity calls on society and individuals to support intersex people and work together to ensure their rights are respected - focusing on issues facing this population, and the need for political reflection and action.
On this occasion, ILGA World - in collaboration and with the participation of with intersex civil society, the Independent Expert on SOGI, our elders, and the many voices, activists, and NGOs working on these issues - we want to discuss important intersectional issues that require further visibility for the intersex community.
Welcoming the Awareness team
Apostle Darlan Rukih. The Bride of the lamb Ministry (Kenya)
The importance of standing together, honouring our past and our elders.
Mani Mitchel (ITANZ – Aotearoa NZ).
PANEL 1 Intersex Refugees
Beyond borders, boundaries and binaries, Intersex experiences of migration and forcible displacement.
Aleksandr Beryozkin (Russia - US)
Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru (Zimbabwe – US)
PANEL 2 Intersex stories from the Global South and the impact of Covid-19
Standing in solidarity with the Global South.
Obioma Chukwuike (Intersex Nigeria)
Gaby Gonzales (Orquidea Intersexual – Argentina)
Julian Parra (Intersex Venezuela)
Hiker Chiu (Intersex Asia)
Keynote: Standing together with the intersex community in times of adversity.
Victor Madrigal-Borloz (UN Independent Expert on SOGI)
BREAK (15 minutes)
Intersex Song by intersex gospel singer and apostle Darlan Rukhi (Kenya)
Keynote: Black Intersex Lives Matter
Bria Brown-King (United States)
PANEL 3 Inter-Allyship
How can we support Intersex persons living in forcible displacement, migration or environments of persecution?
Luan Pertl (OII Europe)
Mariano Ruiz de Sanko (AMAL Argentina)
Darlan Rukhi (The bride of the lamb - Kenya)
Closing remarks by Tony Briffa (Chair ILGA World Intersex Committee)