OII Francophonie

OII Francophonie’s history goes back to 2003, when it was founded as the ‘original OII,’ based in Quebec and Paris, from where the French name Organisation Intersex International derived.

OII Francophonie’s history goes back to 2003, when it was founded as the ‘original OII,’ based in Quebec and Paris, from where the French name Organisation Intersex International derived. OII Francophonie’s mission is to work towards the right to self-determination and the depathologization of intersex people, opposing the medicalized treatments that intersex children are subjected to. They also work to give voice to French-speaking intersex people and to raise awareness about intersex people’s experiences by organizing meetings and publications that include contributions from intersex scholars, activists and artists. Describing themselves as a feminist collective who does intersectional work, OII Francophonie supports intersex people throughout the French-speaking world through a ‘network of care’ that aims to work with respectful doctors. The organization is made up of volunteer members based in France, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, who are connected with other international intersex activists and organizations. OII-Francophonie hosted a summer school in Paris in 2006, with representatives from Canada, France, Belgium and the UK. They have been working with the Douarnenez Film Festival (France) since 2012 (film festival about minorities), and in June 2015, the Film Festival’s focus was on intersex visibility and included an international ‘residence’ for intersex activists. They are now working to strengthen the network and to develop organizational resources for French-speaking intersex organizations.

Collectif Intersexes et Allié-e-s (CIA)

Collectif Intersexes et Allié-e-s was founded in 2016 and is an intersex-led collective in France.

Collectif Intersexes et Allié-e-s was founded in 2016 and is an intersex-led collective in France. It was set up to act politically and act as the representation (porte-voix) for intersex rights in France. The group is made up of intersex volunteers, most of whom are assigned female at birth; and all belonging to the low-income / working class. The Collectif opposes the pathologization of intersex people and firmly believes in self-determination and bodily autonomy. They work towards the end of mutilation, sterilization and hormone treatments without intersex people’s consent, irrespective of their age. They believe that intersex people should have access to full information, including access to medical records and to non-pathologizing information. This involves creating and running support groups, exchanging and sharing knowledge of struggles and about intersex conditions. Another goal of the Collectif Intersexes is to advocate for the removal of sex and gender markers on legal documents. Whilst open to allies, the group was set up to be led by and for intersex people.