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Kenya to List Intersex Persons in the Upcoming Census

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) will enumerate intersex persons in the upcoming national population census slated for August 24-25, following the introduction of a third gender marker.

The country will be joining nations that have started the process adopting intersex identity into law, Germany having adopted the same in 2018 giving people an opportunity to register as intersex on birth certificates and passports.

The population of intersex persons is currently estimated at about 700,000 persons.

Previously, KNBS only listed people as either male or female.

The new marker was introduced by the bureau in December last year, after prolonged consultations.

Intersex persons say they’ve been denied basic services like registering a bank account and are forced to decide between being male and female while registering.

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Other than being prone to dropping out of school, suicidal thoughts due to stigma and seclusion, conditions affecting intersex persons are not covered in medical insurance covers.

According to Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) Commissioner Judy Waruhiu for the first time, the government will have factual data on intersex persons.

“This will help the Government while planning on health, education and even on the employment sector,” Waruhiu, who is also the intersex taskforce report implementation Committee Chairperson, said on Monday.

Parents have been asked to voluntarily offer information on their intersex children.

The outcome, according to KNBS will be announced after 3 months.

This will be the 24th census since the country gained its independence.

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Written by How Africa

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