OII Europe was founded in 2012, during the Second International Intersex Forum in Stockholm, to ensure the further adoption of Human Rights for intersex people all over Europe. They are building a sustainable organization with an increase in staff hours, which allowed them to organize the 3rd European Intersex Community Event & Conference in September 2019 in Zagreb, with 68 participants -the largest human rights based gathering of intersex people globally to this date. The event was also an opportunity for a 2-day study visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia, where OII Europe Steering Board Members and Staff met with law and policy makers, students and NGOs and gave TV interviews. This visit was a big step towards increasing the visibility of intersex issues in the Balkan region. In 2019 they also published an illustrated testimonial book #MyIntersexStory –Personal accounts by intersex people living in Europe. In 2020 they started a project on Intersex Refugees and Asylum Seekers. They are using social media and infographics to communicate on surveys and findings, and they continue their work of translating their brochures into many European languages. During covid-19 they organize a number of online community events to help keeping up the morale of the European intersex community -such as weekly virtual campfire, where with talks, games, and movies; or daily check-ins on the main community chat and other forms of outreach.
Check out our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video, featuring OII Europe Co-Chair Miriam van der Have: