The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that it was updating its manual on “gender mainstreaming” based on the premise that “gender identity exists on a continuum and that sex is not limited to men or women.”
The WHO indicates that it is renewing this manual “in the light of new scientific evidence and conceptual advances on gender, health, and development”.
The manual will be updated in collaboration with the United Nations University's International Institute for Global Health, and a period for comments and contributions will be open during the summer and fall of 2022.
According to the project description shared by the WHO, many controversial issues have already been implemented, including a segment on “intersectionality” – aka the partial overlap – between different types of identities based on power dynamics, all inspired by feminist studies inspired by existentialism and Marxism.
Likewise, although these changes were born out of different debates and adaptations, they do not seem open to discussion on their determined idea of “going beyond binary approaches to gender and health to recognize the diversity of gender and sexuality.”
As these are more political issues than scientific or medical, the decisions are being based on political processes. Most of these ideas are born from groups of activists and human rights “experts” without accountability, who are usually close to these groups and are financed by a few rich, highly powerful countries or by billionaire philanthropists.
The WHO has become politicized at an accelerated pace in recent years, as evidenced by the abominable update it issued on abortion, in which it demands the removal of all barriers to access to abortion – including conscientious objection.
As with the current renewal, funding for these updates has been provided by pro-abortion groups.
Another of WHO's most recent policy renewals has been its manual on “transsexualism,” which no longer refers to the condition as a mental health disorder, but as a state of “gender dysphoria” in its new section on sexual health.
This redesign was prompted by strong pressure from transgender activists who no longer wanted to be labeled as suffering from a pathology, to be able to undergo hormone treatments and surgeries whose costs would be covered by insurance companies or their respective national health systems at taxpayer expense.