Negesa and Semenya - Human Rights Violated in 'Sex Testing'

Women track and field athletes are abused and harmed by "sex testing" regulations, Human Rights Watch has revealed in a report. The regulations target women in running events between 400 meters and one mile, and compel women they target to undergo medical interventions or be forced out of competing.
The 120-page report documents the experiences of more than a dozen women athletes from the Global South who have been affected by sex testing regulations. Women perceived as "too masculine" may become targets of suspicion and gossip, and may have their careers ended prematurely. The standards of femininity applied are often deeply racially biased. As Annet Negesa, a middle-distance runner from Uganda and South African star athlete Caster Semenya discovered...


Annet Negesa, a Ugandan runner, holds a photo of herself racing in the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Negesa was targeted under sex testing regulations and instructed to undergo a medically unnecessary surgery in 2012.


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