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Webinar: How to advance the Human Rights of Intersex Persons? Lessons learned from Finland
On June 30th, As part of the Pride-week celebrations, the Council of Europe SOGI Unit will host a webinar in co-operation with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the Council of Europe on the subject of advancing the human rights of intersex persons.
We are honoured to have Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights and Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality of Finland opening the meeting, highlighting the importance of the occasion.

Central to the discussions will be a study commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which investigates how the decisions made when an intersex child is born and the treatments the child receives in childhood and adolescence have affected their lives later down the line, as well as the experiences of the parents of intersex children in the Finnish healthcare system and society. The author of the study, Tikli Oikarinen, will feature as a panellist in the discussions on lessons learned in legislation and best practices.

Estimates of the share of intersex persons in the population vary from 0.02% to 1.7%, making them a significant, albeit largely invisible and underserved, group in Member States. Panel 2 will critically engage with the work done to date to ensure the rights of intersex persons in Member States to date, what remains to be done, and the next steps forward. This is a meeting of great significance at the Council of Europe, as the SOGI Unit’s mandate has only just been extended to include the human rights of intersex persons this year.

We will also be joined by a number of expert speakers and panellists including;

Ambassador Nina Nordström, Permanent Representation of Finland to the Council of Europe
Kaisli Syrjänen, Chair of NGO “Intersukupuolisten ihmisoikeudet – ISIO ry” Grassroots experiences of advancing Intersex-rights
Calleja Gabriella, Head SOGIGESC Unit, Human Rights and Integration Directorate, Malta
Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Director of Antidiscrimination Directorate, Council of Europe
Dan Christian Ghattas, Executive Director of International Intersex Organisation
Fourat Ben Chikha, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly-LGBTI General Rapporteur
Michael Farrell, First Vice-Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)-Council of Europe
Laurence Lwoff, Head of Bioethics Unit, Council of Europe
The discussions will be moderated by Eleni Tsetsekou, Head of the Council of Europe SOGI Unit.

Join us on 30th June 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
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30.06.2020 11:00-12:45
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