Image Credit: Aude Nasr / @ahlan.my.darlings
This Intersex Awareness Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is proud to announce our 9th annual cycle of grantee partners as part of the Intersex Human Rights Fund (IHRF). This year was the IHRF’s biggest yet, awarding nearly $600,000 in grants to 62 groups in more than 50 countries, and over $210,000 in additional support for movement-building and capacity-strengthening work, such as intersex regional convenings and workshops. The IHRF supports organizations, projects, and campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity, and self-determination of intersex people. When we celebrate the activists working on the ground for intersex rights, we increase their visibility as part of our LGBTQI+ communities.
The violent and entrenched anti-gender practice of government policies and laws shaped by the sex and gender binary has devastating consequences for intersex bodies. As one of the only philanthropic funds exclusively supporting intersex people and advocacy, the Astraea Foundation is proud to work with our 2023 grantee partners fighting for intersex freedom.
We are steadfast in our support of our intersex siblings. Four of our most recent grantee partners working for intersex rights are:
- Tanzania – Tanzania Voice of Humanity (TVH) is the only intersex-led group in Tanzania, that actively promotes intersex rights through public awareness initiatives and facilitating connections between medical and non-medical institutions. Their work includes documenting the mistreatment of intersex people and sending advocacy letters to the Ministry of Health of Tanzania.
- Australia – Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) works to strengthen regional and international intersex networks and advocates for intersex rights, including submitting reports to governing bodies. IHRA engages their community with trainings, screenings, and panel discussions IHRA also organizes Family Day, a day of activities for intersex people and their families.
- Ecuador – Colectivo Intertulias was founded in Ecuador in 2014 as a space for solidarity and peer support for intersex people. They support the development of policy proposals furthering intersex rights, and raise awareness about the barriers intersex people experience when trying to access public accommodations and exercise their human rights.
- Asia – Intersex Asia is a regional network of intersex activists, organizations, and communities in Asia, including China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. They support regional organizing and learning, and collaborated with the Asian Development Bank to develop an intersex inclusive safeguard policy focusing on LGBTQI human rights.
When we support intersex communities, we fight anti-gender policies and norms. When we celebrate intersex people, we ensure they are not invisible.
This Intersex Awareness Day, the Astraea Foundation is excited to collaborate with Aude Nasr, a freelance illustrator based in Marseille, France. To learn more about Aude, please visit @ahlan.my.darlings on Instagram.
2023 Intersex Human Rights Fund Grantee Partners*
*Note: We do not publicize a number of our courageous grantee partners because of security threats they face in their local contexts, so organizations may be missing from this list.
African Intersex Movement
Asociación Peruana de Personas Intersexuales
Associação Brasileira de Intersexos (ABRAI)
Bilitis Resource Center Bulgaria
Campaign for Change
Collectif Intersexe Activiste – OII France (CIA-OII France)
Comunidad De Lesbianas Inclusivas Dominicanas (COLESDOM)
Egalite Intersex Ukraine
Groupe Intersexe Désirs (GIDE)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
InterAction – Association Suisse pour les Intersexes
Intersex Advocate Trust Zimbabwe
Intersex Anatolia/ Intersex Turkey/ Intersex Shalala
Intersex Asia Network
Intersex Community of Zimbabwe
Intersex Human Rights Australia
Intersex Ísland – félag intersex fólks á Íslandi
Intersex People’s Human Rights – ISIO Finland
Intersex Persons Society of Kenya (IPSK)
Intersex Society of Zambia
Intersex South Africa (ISSA)
Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ)
IVIM/Organization Intersex International Germany (OII Deutschland)
Key Watch Ghana
Mulabi – Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos
Organization Intersex International-Chinese (Oii-Chinese)
Organization Intersex International Europe (OII Europe)
Rainbow Identity Association
Rede Jacob – Apoio a Familia e Pessoa Intersexo
Roma Women of Vojvodina
Tanzania Voice of Humanity
Trans Smart Trust
Verein Intersexuelle Menschen Österreich (VIMÖ)
Vivir y Ser Intersex