THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has bemoaned the deprivation of national documentation on inter-sex persons, saying current national statutes only categorised hermaphrodites as male and female only.
A ZHRC report on the National Inquiry on Access to Documentation says there is need for national identity documents to have provisions of inter-sex.
“Parents determine sex of inter-sex persons at an early age before puberty or when children are old enough to identify themselves as male or female.
“The law does not accommodate inter-sex persons who wish to change their sex on their identity documents as their bodies transform at puberty,” reads the report which was launched in Bulawayo Thursday.
The report also revealed that close to 2, 3 million of Zimbabwean children below the age of 18 have no birth certificates, a development which has led to children dropping out of school.