“Do you stand or Sit?” is a common question that we are all familiar with or have asked at one given time in order to determine the gender of a person. To the intersex community this question is rather offensive, since their answer to it is a constant reminder of how different they are from other people.
A real life experience is told of an intersex who walked in to a ladies’ washroom but due her masculine physical appearance it raised eyebrows, which caused commotion in the institution, and almost lead to a mob justice kind of action since it was hard for this person to prove that they really are the person in the Identity Card they presented.
This is just one instance where there is a clear indication of a violation of Human Rights and subjection to violence.
Time and again the intersex community in Kenya has had to battle Stigma, Victimization, and Emotional oppressions from individual and the society at large just because they do not fit into the bracket of what the rest of us know to be “Normal”.
In light of this therefore, Gamafrica Foundation through the Let Me Be Me initiative in collaboration with the National Commission on Human Rights and other stakeholders have sort to come together to deliberate on the best way to sensitize the society about the intersex Community and the need to respect their rights seeing that intersex people are also human.
Nominated Member of Parliament for Special Interest Groups Hon. Isaac Mwaura is also on the front line in advocating and lobbyingy for recognition of the intersex community by our government systems to make it possible for them to acquire legal documents as required by the law through a petition to the parliament, which will be discussed by Parliament committee on 6th October 2016.