Maya Posch has been fighting for recognition as intersex in the Netherlands for over eight years. She has encountered hostility and apathy from doctors, psychologists and politicians who have ignored her, or worse. Her story is described at www.mayaposch.com She is currently seeking refuge outside the Netherlands where she'll be safe.
The human rights of intersex people worldwide are often ignored because they don't fit into standard social and medical models. Although at least one in every thousand people is born intersex, many countries do not acknowledge their existence. It is common for intersex children to be operated on when they are too young to consent, just to change the way they look. This can cause lasting health problems. In adult life, intersex people often find medical support unavailable and keep their circumstances secret out of fear that their lives will be ruined by others' prejudice.
We ask that the United Nations take action to ensure that the human rights of intersex people are upheld and that they are shown the same support and respect as anyone else. Intersex people must be protected from discrimination and from unwanted surgery. Provision must be made for them to receive medical support where needed without insurance penalties.
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