Intersex children subject to "unnecessary" medical treatment

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UN Free & Equal campaign’s video celebrating contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to communities around the world. UN Photo/Malia Hurwitz

Children, whose gender cannot be defined as male or female are often forced by their parents to undergo surgery in an attempt to "normalize" their bodies, according to a UN official.

Charles Radcliffe, head of the UN Free & Equal Campaign, said that this medical procedure could leave "terrible scars", such as incontinence, loss of sexual sensation and mental illness.

The UN is calling for a ban on "unnecessary" treatment for children with no clear gender also known as intersex children.

Andita Listyarini spoke to Mr Radcliffe and began by asking for a definition of intersex.

Duration: 2'06"

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