Open Letter of Concern to 'Transgender and Intersex in the Arts, Science and Society', Dresden 18.-20.1.2012
Peaceful Protest against 'ISHID' Genital Mutilators, London 19.09.2011
>>> Video 'Three Vigils' (10:24)
Open Letter of Concern
Dear organisers, speakers, participants and sponsors of the international & interdisciplinary conference "Transgender and Intersex in the Arts, Science and Society"
As a human rights advocacy group taking a stand against the daily genital mutilations in children's clinics for four years, we are pleased that your conference starting today in Dresden "will also stress the political, legal and social dimensions" of intersex (Programme) and "will make the people concerned heard and raise public awareness" (Press Release 9.1.12).
As "leading scientists of intersex research" (Press Release 9.1.12), surely you are well informed
• that at least one in thousand children are born with "atypical" genitalia, and that according to studies by the doctors themselves, 90% of these children are submitted to "corrective" cosmetic surgeries, without an actual medical need
• that survivors of such surgeries have been denouncing them as "immensely destructive of sexual sensation and of the sense of bodily integrity", as "western genital mutilation", "medical crime" and "fundamental human rights violation"
• that stopping cosmetic genital surgery for children remains the first demand of virtually all organisations of survivors from the beginning until today.
However, considering the publicly available communications regarding the conference, our human rights advocacy group cannot recognise, how the conference will actually
a) adequately address the problem of the daily mutilations of children with "atypical" genitalia, let alone "raising public awareness", and
b) which speakers will focus on a praxis to actually stopping these daily mutilations, or otherwise "make the people concerned heard", and "stress the political, legal and social dimensions" of problem of the daily mutilations.
Also the organisers and most of the speakers surely are well informed
• that for years, the people concerned have been criticising the common practice of using of intersex as a central theme in the field of science and politics while disregarding the actual ongoing mutilations, and denounced this practice as harmful, unacceptable, and appropriation.
Further, the organisers and speakers surely should be well informed
• that within virtually all the scientific institutions directly or indirectly involved in the conference, in their pediatric surgeries departments, exactly the denounced mutilations are taking place undisputed, year in, year out, actually being done to helpless little children, a.o. at:
- TU Dresden
- Humboldt-Universität Berlin
- Freie Universität Berlin
- Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
- Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
- Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
- University of London
- University of Leeds
(Exceptions that prove the rule: In case of institutions lacking pediatric clinics, e.g. Universität Siegen and Manchester Metropolitan University, the mutilations still take place at the closest available facility, e.g. Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg and Central Manchester University Hospitals.)
The human rights advocacy group Zwischengeschlecht.org is deeply concerned that, at an international & interdisciplinary conference sporting the notions "Intersex" and "Society" in its title, of all things the daily genital mutilations, as well as the voices and concerns of the actual survivors, seem to be disregarded.
In the name of people afflicted or threatened by childhood cosmetic genital surgery, we kindly ask the organisers, speakers and participants to let us know:
1) Are you informed, which institutions directly or indirectly involved in the conference, perform a) which and b) how many cosmetic genital surgeries on children?
2) Please state your position regarding cosmetic genital surgeries on children.
3) Why are survivors of childhood cosmetic genital surgeries not adequately represented at the conference?
4) Are you ready do contribute to actally ending the daily genital mutilations in children's clinics? If yes, how? If no, why not?
We would be pleased to receive your feedback.
Daniela Truffer (President)
The human rights advocacy group Zwischengeschlecht.org demands the prohibition of cosmetic genital surgeries on children and minors and „Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!“
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO, Nov. 6th 2010
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium', May 21st 2011
>>> Open Letter of Concern to 'IV. ISHID World Conference 2011', September 18th 2011
Peaceful protest outside the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, host of the
infamous 'ISHID 2011 Live Surgeries', with Open Letter to be delivered to GOSH,
London September 18th 2011 >>> Video 'Three Vigils' (10:24)
Articles in Other Media:
• Campaign against corrective surgery on children born with indeterminate genitalia
• Hermaphrodite wins damage claim over removal of reproductive organs
• Intersex Shadow Report: "End forced genital surgery now!"
• Campaign against forced prenatal steroid "therapy" for "hermaphrodites"
• Hermaphrodites speak out in Solidarity with Caster Semenya
English Articles on Zwischengeschlecht.org:
- The Hounding of Caster Semenya and the Extermination of Hermaphrodites in the "Developed World"
- "Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC and IAAF deny responsibility
- IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests for Female Athletes, Mandatory Surgery for the Intersexed
- "Justice for Santhi Soundarajan and Caster Semenya!" - Hermaphrodites rally against IOC and IAAF, 19.11.09
- Open Letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC), 19.11.2009
- IOC's (Non-)Answer to the Open Letter by Zwischengeschlecht.org
Published on Thursday, January 19 2012 by DT1192-GANDI