Kenya, like all other parts of the world, gets births of intersex children, even though this has been kept away from the public. Medicalisation of such infants is also a secret, despite the danger that it poses to the rights of intersex persons. Recent court cases gave the public a view of intersex persons’ challenges in the Kenyan society. However, anecdotal evidence demonstrates that medical surgeries are routinely done on infant intersex children, albeit in secret. Such surgeries violate the human rights of intersex persons and lead to severe physical and psychological consequences for the victims. Today, forced medical surgeries on intersex people have been recognised as a violation of the human rights of intersex persons and the theories that underpinned them discredited. This article examines medicalisation and its implications of the human rights of intersex persons in Kenya.
KEY WORDS: intersex, medicalisation, forced, surgeries, human rights.