OII Europe was founded in 2012, during the Second International Intersex Forum in Stockholm, to ensure the adoption of human rights for intersex people all over Europe. OII Europe works to end discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the fundamental rights of bodily integrity and self-determination. Advocating for the charter of rights outlined in the Malta Declaration of 2013, OII Europe campaigns for the respect of intersex people’s human rights on the European level and engages with governments, human rights organizations, commissions and the broader LGBTI activist movement. OII Europe also offers information and training to other NGOs and government bodies. The group raises awareness in the European public and among political stakeholders within the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the U.N.; works towards legal change and inclusion of intersex in EU anti-discrimination legislation and within the human rights framework of the CoE and the UN; and builds community building among intersex individuals in Europe. They have had a number of key successes with European policy and human rights bodies, including speaking in the Euroepan Parliament and presenting the the key human rights challenges intersex people face at the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics.
On Intersex Solidarity day 2016 (8th of November) OII Europe launched the website intervisibility.eu that contains information about intersex and the challenges intersex people face in 22 European languages. The website also contains audio-visual testimonials of intersex individuals and activists from all over Europe, as well as written information about the situation of intersex people in different European countries.
Check out our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video, featuring OII Europe Co-Chair Miriam van der Have: