Target: Pauline Moreau, Chair of European Institute for Gender Equality
Goal: Allow transgender people to change their gender without being forced to undergo a sterilization procedure.
Members of the transgender community who wish to change their gender are often forced to undergo a sterilization procedure. This practice is entirely outdated and represents a major source of discrimination.
At the moment, a total of 22 European countries require transgender people to be sterilized when legally changing genders. Forced sterilization has been condemned by the U.N. and other health and human rights organizations, who claim that it represents a grave violation of some of the most fundamental human rights.
Fortunately, it would seem that the world is beginning to realize the unfair and barbaric nature of the situation. Several nations, including Ireland, Malta, and Norway, have done away with forced sterilization, and France just recently announced that it has banned forced sterilization. Instead, transgender people need only to notify authorities if they wish to change their gender.
While it is encouraging that some countries have outlawed the practice, forced sterilization remains a persistent problem. Sign the petition below to demand an end to this violation of human rights.
Dear Ms. Moreau,
I am writing to bring your attention to the cruel and unjust practice of forced sterilization. In most European countries, transgender people who wish to change their gender are forced to undergo an operation that prevents them from ever having children. This practice is a clear violation of basic human rights, yet 22 European nations still require it.
The movement to end the practice is already underway; several nations have banned it in recent years, and France just became the latest country to outlaw forced sterilization. Though this progress is encouraging, there is still a lot of work left to be done. I urge you to do everything in your power to ban this custom.
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