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On October 26th Intersex Awareness day celebrated another year of standing against and stamping out shame, secrecy and unwanted genital cosmetic surgery when it comes to Inersex children.

Many organizations and politicians have grabbed the opportunity to reflect and take action internationally since 2003. 

On Friday 25 October 2013, the Australian Senate published a report on an inquiry titled the Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia.

2014 saw the Senate of the German Land of Berlin issued a statement calling for self-determination for intersex people. Also that year the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City, Distrito Federal, held a visibility event on intersex issues.

Just last year in 2016 multiple governmental bodies, alongside many civil society organizations made statements and the South African government acknowledged a need for action to prevent human rights violations, and Kenya held their first event.

Intersex Awareness Day is held globally on October 26th, with remembrance day being held on Novemember 8th in honour of Herculine Barbin. Herculine, an intersex person determined female at birth but later reclassified as male by a court of law, after an affair and physical examination, remains an inspiration for such an important cause and day for action.

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