The European Commission launched a consultation to gather the views of the public on the measures taken by the EU Member States to address gender-based violence against women and domestic violence. The purpose of the consultation is to inform the Commission’s work on further measures for improved, coordinated prevention of and protection against this kind of violence.
OII Europe put forward a submission on “Preventing and combatting gender-based violence and domestic violence against intersex individuals”.
(From the introduction)
Available data shows that intersex persons, i.e., intersex women and men and non-binary intersex people, are among the most vulnerable groups of the population in regards to experiencing gender-based violence and domestic violence. In addition to the experiences of gender-based and domestic violence they share with other groups of the population, many intersex individuals experience, intersex genital mutilation (IGM), a harmful medical practice that is performed on them as result of their variation of sex characteristics, and which is a gender-based violence specific to intersex people.