The UAB studies the wellbeing and rights of intersex people

Projecte INIA: estudis intersexualitat i drets humans

A UAB research group forms part of Intersexuality and New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA), a new international network to create knowledge on the studies, policy making and practices in intersexuality as seen from a human rights perspective.


INIA has been in charge of facilitating the creation of a consortium of 21 organisations from 10 different countries working together in issues related to intersex people and those with a variation in sex characteristics, who do not identify as intersexuals, into a unique and intersectorial multidisciplinary network that includes internationally renowned experts from several countries. The new international research network will be made up of a group of 10 early stage researchers who will be working together to develop new knowledge that can contribute to the creation of public policies and political practices in a series of key areas.  

On behalf of the UAB, Marisela Montegro, researcher at the Department of Social Psychology, will coordinate the participation in the project of the group formed by Lucas Platero, Joan Pujol, and predoctoral researcher Svetlana Solntseva. The UAB group will be involved in the international training and dissemination events organised under the INIA framework, and produce specific material in the area of intersex subjectivity and the experiences of intersex people.  

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit the conventional definitions of woman or man. Importance is often given to the healthcare services, social rights and human rights of intersexuals. There continue to be several cases in which their human rights are violated and in which they are discriminated against, and researchers point this out as a reason to establish political responses in a number of sectors such as health, education and the law. They go on to say that, from a human rights perspective, the research issues worked on in this new network will be relevant to those responsible for creating public policies and providing support for the wellbeing and rights of intersex people, by sharing and contributing to the generation of specific knowledge.

The project receives funding from the EU's 2020 Horizon programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 859869).

This information is related to the following SDG

  • Reduced inequalities

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