Gender identity

Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 2: Implications of the Draft Law on Self-Determination

Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 2: Implications of the Draft Law on Self-Determination

Germany may soon close a troubled chapter on its legal provision for gender recognition, ending the decades-long reign of the 1980 Law on Transsexuals (Transsexuellengesetz or TSG), in favour of...
Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 1: The Law as it Stands

Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 1: The Law as it Stands

Germany may soon close a troubled chapter on its legal provision for gender recognition, ending the decades-long reign of the 1980 Law on Transsexuals (Transsexuellengesetz or TSG), in favour of...
Semenya v Switzerland: Divided ECtHR Significantly Advances the Human Rights Protection for Intersex Athletes (and all professional sportspeople in general) – Part II

Semenya v Switzerland: Divided ECtHR Significantly Advances the Human Rights Protection for Intersex Athletes (and all professional sportspeople in general) – Part II

Part I of this blog (available here) discussed the facts of the case and laid down the jurisdiction issue. Part II continues the discussion on procedural view and elaborates on...
Semenya v Switzerland: Divided ECtHR Significantly Advances the Human Rights Protection for Intersex Athletes (and all professional sportspeople in general) – Part I

Semenya v Switzerland: Divided ECtHR Significantly Advances the Human Rights Protection for Intersex Athletes (and all professional sportspeople in general) – Part I

Should women with variations of sex characteristics be excluded from professional women’s sports competitions? In recent years, this question has spurred considerable controversy around the globe. In July 2023, the...
Balancing Gender Rights: Pakistan’s Federal Shariat Court’s Verdict on Self-Perceived Gender Identity

Balancing Gender Rights: Pakistan’s Federal Shariat Court’s Verdict on Self-Perceived Gender Identity

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 (the ‘Act’), passed by Pakistan’s Parliament in May 2018, marked a significant milestone following a decade-long judicial effort aimed at safeguarding the...
Horizontal Reservation for India’s Transgender Community: Can the Supreme Court Deliver?

Horizontal Reservation for India’s Transgender Community: Can the Supreme Court Deliver?

India’s queer community is struggling to realise its civil rights on multiple fronts. The Indian Supreme Court has begun hearing petitions on marriage equality from a panoply of petitioners, including...
Gender-based Violence, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Christian Values in Zambia

Gender-based Violence, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Christian Values in Zambia

Since 2019 the Sistah Sistah Foundation (SSF) has marched in protest of sexual and gender-based violence in Zambia. Zambia’s national Gender Based Violence (GBV) statistics allege that a total of...
Depathologising Gender Identity at the United Nations: A Call to South Africa

Depathologising Gender Identity at the United Nations: A Call to South Africa

On 29 March 2023, a cross-regional group of countries led by Argentina, called for United Nations Member States to implement laws and policies based on self-determined gender identity. This reform...
Uganda’s Draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023

Uganda’s Draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023

After an unsuccessful attempt to propagate the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, the Ugandan Parliament yet again decided to reintroduce the Bill in March 2023. The Ugandan Parliament, led by...
The Forgotten I in LGBTQIA+: ECtHR Turns its Back on Intersex People

The Forgotten I in LGBTQIA+: ECtHR Turns its Back on Intersex People

Image Description: Picture of two fists, with the letters LGBTQIA+ written across the knuckles in rainbow colours On 31 January, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its first-ever...
Equality Doesn’t Always Mean Integration: The Right to Education for Neurodiverse People

Equality Doesn’t Always Mean Integration: The Right to Education for Neurodiverse People

Image Description: A young woman with pink hair is tossing her head in joy. Proponents of the rights of people with disabilities widely subscribe to the social model of disability:...
Surrogacy in India: The Need for Inclusive Laws

Surrogacy in India: The Need for Inclusive Laws

Image description: Seven women sit on a panel in front of a banner entitled “National Consultation on Surrogacy Issues” in New Delhi, India Recently, a petition challenging surrogacy laws in...

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