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.