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Intersex Human Rights Fund - Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

Intersex Human Rights Fund

The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people.

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Astraea launched the Intersex Human Rights Fund in 2015 to honor the resilience, creativity and growth of intersex activism and to ensure the human rights of intersex people.

We recognize that the entrenched practice of organizing the world into the sex binary and gender binary has alarming and rights-violating consequences for intersex bodies. People with intersex variations face invisibility, stigma, discrimination and violence. Intersex babies, children and teenagers are widely subjected to normalizing, non-consensual, harmful surgeries and other medical interventions, with life-long consequences, including but not limited to sterilization and genital mutilation. There are very few legal frameworks to protect intersex people from multiple forms of discrimination and institutional violence. While intersex activism has been growing around the world, intersex issues and communities remain starkly under-funded, receiving less than a fraction of 1% of global foundation funding for LGBTQI people and/or women and girls.

The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people. 

Astraea particularly seeks proposals from intersex activists who have never applied for a grant or received foundation funding. Groups with small or no budgets, staff or structures are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

How to apply

The Intersex Human Rights Fund provides grants once a year. We make grants with the support and participation of the Intersex Fund Advisory Board, a body of seven intersex activists covering all regions of the world who inform our grantmaking strategies and decisions.

 We are sorry to inform you that we are not accepting unsolicited proposals for the Intersex Human Rights Fund.

 The Intersex Human Rights Fund currently funds 60 intersex organizations all over the world. In line with the IHRF’s commitment to providing accompaniment and support beyond grantmaking, acknowledging the increased challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and faced by intersex organizations and activists in all regions, and mindful of our capacity limitations, we have suspended our open call for applications until further notice.

 We will continue supporting our current grantees (through renewal grants) and regional movements, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, through our capacity-strengthening and movement-building programs and funding. 

 If you are an intersex activist or an intersex-led organization looking for funding, we recommend sending us an email at intersexfund@astraeafoundation.org with your organization’s name and contact details so we keep you in our records and inform you when we are next inviting new groups or have an open call for applications.

 We thank you for your interest in the Intersex Human Rights Fund.

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