Bodily integrity

ILGA-Europe (2013- present)

CRIN has partnered with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), supporting the development of their children’s rights strategy. Our collaboration with the organisation began in 2013 when we were invited to take part in and speak at a policy seminar where they explored the state of the human rights of children who identify as LGBTQI in Europe.

CRIN has brought many of these issues together under the umbrella of bodily integrity, an issue still neglected in most children’s rights advocacy. Until recently, advocacy has concentrated on female genital mutilation and initiation rites, but the most common forms of genital mutilation have yet to be openly debated and challenged from a children’s rights perspective, including non-therapeutic genital surgeries on intersex babies.

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Genital Autonomy (2013 - present)

CRIN has worked with Genital Autonomy since 2013, taking part in their annual conference in Keele (2013) and Frankfurt (2015). The organisation serves to promote, preserve and protect the health and well-being of male, female and intersex children by protecting them from unnecessary genital surgery or modification; and to promote the human rights of children in relation to genital surgery or modification as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights Of the Child.

Assisted reproductive technologies (2017 - present)

CRIN’s work on assisted reproductive technologies has involved working closely with a number of organisations. Our consultation paper raises complex and sensitive questions which States have yet to settle. In fact, national approaches vary widely and States have so far tended towards a singular focus on the rights of adults to found a family, overlooking the rights of children. What’s more, jurisprudence and legislation on the issues are still underdeveloped. Therefore with this area of work, we want to encourage discussion on the impact such medical technology can have on children’s rights. The current state of policy (or lack thereof) offers an opportunity to ensure that children’s rights are built into standards from the outset, avoiding the need for legal advocacy later.

In developing this area of work, we were in close consultation with the International Social Service (ISS), which works on child protection cases in the context of migration, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the International Disability Alliance, Disability Rights International, and Open Society Foundations.

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