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Intersex Human Rights Fund: Call for proposals (Deadline: 8 April 2016)

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is proud to announce a new call for proposals for the second cycle of the Intersex Human Rights Fund, launched in 2015 to honor the resilience, creativity and growth of intersex activism and to ensure the human rights of intersex people.

Submit by Friday, April 8!

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 and children are widely subjected to “normalizing,” non-consensual, harmful surgeries and other medical interventions, with life-long consequences, including sterilization and genital mutilation. There are 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 Fund is supported by the generosity of seed donors Kobi Conaway and Andrew Owen and a leadership gift from the Arcus Foundation.

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. Given the dearth of funding to intersex issues globally, intersex groups/projects based anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

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. If you have questions about how to complete the application, please reach out to Astraea staff at​ ​

Groups may submit proposals in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin or Russian.

More information about the fund, grants criteria and proposal form are on Astraea’s website here or during the twitter chat sessions.​

Please submit proposals via email at by April 8, 2016.

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