Webinar: Supporting Global Intersex Communities During COVID-19

Thursday, September 17th
10 am EDT/ 4 pm CEST/ 5 pm EAT

Intersex communities are amongst the most underfunded movements globally. The COVID-19 pandemic and surrounding politics have exacerbated the inequities already faced by intersex people. Increased isolation, exclusion from needed health services, loss of employment and income: these are some of the experiences reported by intersex-led groups about the impact of COVID-19. Since many intersex people are already drastically excluded from both local and national economies, there are serious concerns about what the pandemic could mean to the future of intersex communities and movements.

Join the Global Philanthropy Project’s Trans and Intersex Working Group and the Intersex Human Rights Fund for a grantmaker webinar on the impact of COVID-19 for intersex movements. Hear concrete recommendations in funder actions and practices; explore how to make your first intersex grant or grow your portfolio; listen and learn from intersex communities on how to do better grantmaking. 

The webinar will provide funders with insights about how COVID-19 is impacting intersex-led groups across global regions and offer space to strategize together about effective responses in the short, medium, and long term.

Please note: this webinar is intended for a limited audience of grantmakers only.


Hana Aoi,
Vivir y Ser Intersex

Ruth Baldacchino,
Senior Program Officer, Intersex Fund

Hiker Chiu
Oii-Chinese Founder
Intersex Asia Co-chair

Wiktor Dynarski, 
Program Officer Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations

Rebecca Fox,
Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund 

Dan Christian Ghattas
Executive Director of Organisation Intersex International Europe (OII Europe)

Zohra Moosa,

Executive Director, Mama Cash

Mphatso Sakala
Founder and Executive Director of Intersex Society of Zambia

Webinar Resources

Webinar PowerPoint

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Donor Recommendations (The State of Intersex Funding, 2017)

  • Fund work led by intersex people.
  • Provide flexible and stable funding to intersex groups.
  • Provide sufficient funding for paid staff.
  • Invest in anti-trauma resources and burnout prevention.
  • Invest in the organizational strengthening of intersex groups.
  • Support intersex activists to build community and national-level work, while they continue to advance work at the international level.
  • Educate your funding institution and your peers about intersex issues.
  • Decrease the barriers preventing intersex groups from finding and applying for funding, particularly by explicitly targeting calls for proposals to intersex groups and funding unregistered groups using intermediaries.
Photo description: Participants of the 4th International Intersex Forum in Amsterdam 
Photo credit: Ins A Kromminga


Global Philanthropy Project, February 2021

These briefs focus on: global LBQTI funding, the role of intermediaries and government embassies in global LGBTI funding, and funding for LGBTI sex workers.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, 2023

Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, May 2020

GPP, GATE, AJWS, Astraea, 2019.

Published on the AJWS Blog. Dave Scamell is the Director of International Advocacy at AJWS and co-chair of the GPP Trans* Funding Working Group. 

American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) and Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), 2017

Grantmakers Resources on funding Intersex movements.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
August 2016
Available in English, Spanish, Russian, and forthcoming in Chinese.

Authors: Somjen Frazer and Erin Howe, Strength in Numbers Consulting Group for the GPP Trans* Working Group in collaboration with Arcus Foundation and Open Society Foundations, 2015.

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