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LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND!

June 16, 2020by James Karanja
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Today as we commemorate the day of the African Child, We applaud the 30th Anniversary of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). We acknowledge the tremendous efforts done by different states in Africa and others actors to ensure the rights of the children are protected and promoted.

We call upon states and civil societies to acknowledge that children as a community are not homogenous and therefore different set or a group of children requires different approach to their problems for example intersex children and children with disabilities, In these regards we are calling all the actors to ensure that no child is left behind.

We call upon the state to ensure that;

 

  • Intersex children access required legal documentation such as birth notifications and birth certificates
  • To put an end to infanticide and killings of intersex children led by traditional and religious beliefs in most parts of the country
  • To put an end to mutilating and ‘normalising’ practices such as genital surgeries, psychological and other medical treatments through legislative and other means (such as education, policy and treatment protocol change). Intersex children must be empowered to make their own decisions affecting their own bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.
  • To include intersex education in antenatal counselling and support for the parents
  • To put an end to non-consensual sterilisation of intersex children.
  • To ensure that sex or gender classifications are amendable through a simple administrative procedure at the request of the individuals concerned. All adults and capable minors should be able to choose between female (F), male (M), or intersex ..
  • To raise awareness around intersex issues and the rights of intersex children in communities and society at large.
  • To create and facilitate supportive, safe and celebratory environments for intersex children, their families and surroundings.
  • To ensure that intersex parents have the right to full information and access to medical records and history.
  • To ensure that all professionals and healthcare providers that have a specific role to play in intersex children’s well-being are adequately trained to provide quality services.
  • To acknowledge the suffering and injustice caused to intersex children.
  • To build intersex anti-discrimination legislation in addition to other grounds, and to ensure protection against intersectional discrimination.
  • To ensure the provision of all human rights and citizenship rights to intersex children, including the right to adoption and be adopted .
  • To ensure that intersex children are able to participate in competitive sport, at all levels, in accordance with their legal sex. Intersex children athletes who have been humiliated or stripped of their titles should receive reparation and reinstatement.
  • To recognise that medicalization and stigmatisation of intersex children result in significant trauma and mental health concerns.
  • In view of ensuring the bodily integrity and well-being of intersex people, autonomous non-pathologising psycho-social and peer support be available to intersex people throughout their life (as self-required), as well as to parents and/or care providers.