“Intersex Genital Mutilations as a Harmful Practice”: Briefing for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Geneva 21.01.2015

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The aim of the briefing was to argue the case for recognising IGMs as a harmful practice and to promote the development of a holistic framework to eliminate all IGM practices. For the first goal we can claim a success so far with the Q&A on Intersex during the Committee’s 68th session initiated by the CRC chair, criticising early intersex surgeries as a “harmful practice” and urging Switzerland to discuss legislation.

The web version of the briefing (>>> PDF 3.14 MB) includes references and annotation.


  • IGM: A Survivor’s Perspective
  • Intersex Movement History
  • Intersex is NOT THE SAME as LGBT
  • What are IGM Practices?
  • Variations of Sex Anatomy
  • IGM 1 – “Masculinising” Surgeries
  • IGM 2 – “Feminising” Surgeries
  • IGM 3 – Sterilising Procedures
  • Overview: Further IGM Practices
  • How Common is IGM?
  • Countries with Less Access to Paediatric Surgery
  • IGM: Historical Overview
  • IGM: Human Rights Perspectives
  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice

The call for the development of a holistic policy to eliminate all IGM practices (slide 61)

>>> Reporting live from the 68th CRC Session in Geneva, 20–21 January 2015

>>> 2015: CRC condems IGM as “Harmful Practice” and “Violence on Children”

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
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