The issues, challenges and discrimination faced by intersex people are often not understood, even by medical professionals. But now, a newly formed network will help promote the rights of the community in Asia.

Intersex Asia was launched at the First Asian Intersex Forum, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, between February 8 and 11. It brought together 14 intersex people from Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
 
What
  1. Intersex Asia aims at working for the promotion and protection of human rights of intersex people in Asia, to be a representative voice for Asian intersex people and communities, and to ensure that the rights to life, bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination of intersex people are promoted and protected everywhere,” says Madurai-based intersex activist Gopi Shankar Madurai. He has been elected to the Intersex Asia Network and will represent the Indian Intersex community.
  2. An autonomous network, Intersex Asia aims to work towards the promotion and protection of human rights of intersex people in Asia, to be a representative voice for Asian intersex people and communities, and to ensure that the rights to life, bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination of intersex people are promoted and protected everywhere.
  3. Throughout Asia, lack of awareness about intersex issues from medical professionals leads to unnecessary and inhumane medical procedures, which include ‘normalising’ surgeries and treatments on intersex infants, adolescents and adults.
  4. Intersex children and adults are often stigmatised as they are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads, hormones and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.
  5. As intersex people in Asia, we live in a society that perpetuates discrimination, violence and killings of intersex people by a number of cultural, religious, traditional and medical beliefs and practices.