Kenya to Collect Census Data for Intersex Citizens

Ryan Muiruri, founder of the Intersex Person Society of Kenya. Photo credit: Ryan Muiruri, via Facebook

Kenyan authorities will include an intersex category on the census along with “male” and “female” in the gender section starting at the end of this month. 

There are over 700,000 intersex people in Kenya, and the BBC reported that they frequently face violence and discrimination. The new category on the census is aimed at collecting information about their needs to better their lives. 

"Getting information about intersex people in the census will help people understand the challenges we go through," Ryan Muiruri, founder of the Intersex Persons Society of Kenya (IPSK), said, according to the BBC. "Being included in the census is a big achievement for us.” 

Kenya is the first African country to include intersex people in anti-discrimination