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shun discriminating against intersex persons stakeholders urged

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By Brighton Makori

Kisii Kenya 29 September 2021….Kenyans and government officers have been urged to shun discriminating against intersex persons and instead respect their rights and support them exploit their potential.

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights ( KNCHR) regional coordinator, Jacqueline Ingutia said there are 1,524  intersex persons nationally as per 2019 population and Housing census, some of whose rights are being violated due to ignore

Addressing the press on Monday at Mash Park hotel in Kisii County after launching a Ttask Force Report on Policy, Legal Institutional and Administrative Reforms regarding the intersex persons chaired by Mbage Njuguna, she appealed to government officers to offer the persons services they need as enshrined in the constitution.

She appealed to the media to sensitize members of the public on the rights of the intersex persons and bridge the gap. 

She noted that during puberty, the persons embrace one sex, adding they abused, discriminated against, stigmatized and arrested by police officers for impersonation, which, she noted traumatized and depressed them.

The Coordinator said the intersex persons are frustrated and some start abusing alcohol while others resort to criminal activities, ruining their lives.

The Coordinator said the persons have challenges when they join schools, stressing they use names on birth certificates which defines them as male or female.

The task force recommends recognition of intersex persons in law, effect expeditious  provision of birth certificates, Identification documents and passports to include the intersex.

“This should include flexible legislative and administrative procedures for amending sex markers in official documents and correcting the original official documentation’ says part of the recommendations.

The Task force also wants parliament to review laws to ensure equal treatment, respect and protection of the dignity of intersex persons within the criminal justice sector.

According to them kisii county has 38 intersex persons.