Photo: Peaceful Vigil #2 vs. "4th I-D$D Symposium" Intersex Genital Mutilators, Glasgow 07.06.2013
INFO EVENING: Brussels, Sun 7th 6 p.m. @
9 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Ghent, Mon 8th - Sat 13th
@ Het Pand + New Zebra + Ghent University + Ghent University Hospital (see below)
Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs), i.e. non-consensual, medically unnecessary, irreversible, cosmetic genital surgeries, and other invasive 'therapies' on children with variations of sex anatomy, have been perpetrated systematically since 1950 all over the 'developed' world.
IGM Practices include clitoris amputation/'reduction', castration, 'masculinising genitoplasty', forced vaginal dilatation, imposition of hormones, human experimentation, forced excessive genital exams, photography, and medical display.
IGM Practices cause lifelong serious physical and psychological suffering and trauma, including loss or impairment of sexual sensation, painful scarring, impairment or loss of reproductive capabilities, lifelong dependency of artificial hormones, significantly elevated rates of self-harming behaviour and suicidal tendencies, and lifelong mental suffering and trauma.
For 22 years now, survivors as well as human rights and ethics bodies have denounced IGMs as fundamental human rights violations, and called for legislation to end them.
IGMs @ 'D$Dnet School', '5th I-D$D', and Ghent University + Clinic:
'D$Dnet' is the latest multi-million-Euros perpetrators "research" project without adaequate involvement of intersex persons and their organisations, and openly advocates “multiple surgical interventions [...] for genital reconstruction to a male or female appearance. The gonads are often removed to avoid [alleged] malignant development.” Accordingly, topics at the '1st D$Dnet Training School' include the whole range of IGM pactices, e.g. “Vaginoplasty, Dilation, Urosurgery (male)”, and the 'D$Dnet School' takes place at Ghent University's 'Het Pand' Congress Center.
While the '5th I-D$D Symposium 2015' has to be commended for once more facilitating participation of intersex people in a “parallel session”, and for the very first time to also include a guest lecture on human rights, it still gives a platform to notorious persistent perpetrators, including IGM paediatric endocrinologists, e.g. Olaf Hiort (Lübeck, Germany), Ieuan Hughes (Cambridge, UK), and Christa Flück (Bern, Switzerland), and leading specialised IGM paediatric surgeons, e.g. Alexander Springer (Vienna, Austria), Joao Pippi Salle (Doha, Qatar / Toronto, Canada), and Piet Hoebeke (Ghent, Belgium).
The Ghent University and its Clinic and their IGM specialists are involved in both the 'D$Dnet' and the 'I-DSD' events, and continue to advocate and perpetrate IGM practices – despite the acknowledged fact, that e.g. in medically unnecessary "hypospadias repair" surgeries, often dangerous complications are frequent and inevitable. Typically, the University Clinic's "Multidisciplinary D$D Team" is lead by a paediatric enocrinologist, and paediatric urology surgeons make up the most prominent and biggest discipline represented. Only last year the Ghent University + Clinic hosted an infamous Genital 'Live Surgery' Event.
Help reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!
• INFO EVENING Brussels:
Sun 07.06.2015 18:00 @ Rainbowhouse
Rue Marché au Charbon, 42, 1000 Brussels
"Intersex Genital Mutilations – and the Struggle to End Them"
Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org)
Presentation followed by Q&A / Discussion
• 9 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Ghent, Mon 8th - Sat
"STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"
'1st DSDnet Training
Monday 08.06.2015: Het
#1: 12:30-17:30 Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 (near entrance)
Tuesday 09.06.2015: Het Pand + Ghent
#2: 08:30-11:00 Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 (near entrance)
#3: 11:30-15:00 Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 (near main entrance)
Wednesday 10.06.2015: Het
#4: 08:30-13:30 Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 (near entrance)
Thursday 11.06.2015: New
#5: 08:30-18:00 New Zebra, Zebrastraat 32 (near entrance conference)
Friday 12.06.2015: New Zebra + Ghent University
+ University Hospital
#6: 08:30-09:30 New Zebra, Zebrastraat 32 (near entrance conference)
#7: 10:00-14:00 Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 (near main entrance)
#8: 15:00-18:00 Ghent University Hospital, Corneel Heymanslaan (near main entrance)
Saturday 13.06.2015: New
#9: 08:30-14:00 New Zebra, Zebrastraat 32 (near entrance conference)
Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium 2013' (PDF)
>>> Picture Report: Protests vs. '4th I-DSD Symposium', Glasgow June 7-9 2013
>>> VIDEO of the 'I-DSD' Protests in Glasgow | Excerpt Featured on ABC Nightline
>>> 'I-DSD': 'Cruel and inhuman' surgeries - Press Release 07.06.2013
Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview • What is Intersex? • How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB) >>> Table of Contents
IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy? • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB) >>> Table of Contents