KNCHR embarks on nationwide data collection on Intersex persons

A Task Force on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya has embarked on Nationwide Data Collection aimed at recognizing Intersex Persons.

This taskforce follows a gazette notice no. 4904 and was formed by the Attorney General in May 2017 with membership from Kenya Law Reform Commission, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Office of the AG and Department of Justice, Directorate of Immigration and Registrations of Persons and National Gender and equality Commission.

Speaking at the launch of the nationwide data collection, Kiambu County,woman representative, Gathoni wa Muchomba who is also a member of the taskforce said that the team will ensure the rights of intersex persons were protected and promoted as well as give them an identity in the society.

We will develop a prioritized implementation matrix clearly stating the immediate, medium and long term reforms governing intersex persons, Wamuchomba said.

The chairperson of the taskforce Mbage Ng’ang’a said that their aim was to provide a comprehensive data regarding the number, distribution and challenges of the intersex persons.

This taskforce will also examine the existing policy, institutional, legislative, medical and administrative structures and systems governing Intersex persons,” said Ng’ang’a.

Ng’ang’a added that the number of intersex people in Kenya was unknown owing to little information about them but they would collaborate with community-based organizations to identify and to register them with Intersex Persons Society of Kenya [IPSK].

We have given out questionnaires in hospitals, schools and churches and we are also conducting face to face interviews, created focus groups discussions and online platforms for people to freely open up about these persons, he said.

The taskforce has been consulting broadly with all stakeholders including; medical professionals, judicial officers, media practitioners, parents of intersex children and other stakeholders globally to enable these persons to be recognised.

Source: Kenya News Agency