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Aych McArdle is a community advocate and LGBTI+ human rights defender based in Tāmaki Makaurau. In 2016 they ​received a scholarship​ ​to participate in​ ​ISHR's "Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme" ​in ​Geneva to participate in an intensive training programme on how to use UN mechanisms in grass roots activism. ​While in Geneva ​Aych also had the opportunity to participate in the 32nd UN Human Rights Council which saw the adoption of the historic SOGI resolution establishing a mandate for an independent expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN.

Aych has worked across many rainbow community organisations and initiatives in Aotearoa and brings a wealth of experience in working in the "in-between" spaces. Currently the research and human rights expert at the Intersex Trust of Aotearoa New Zealand and a Local Advisory Member of CCS Disability Action. Aych will bring the perspective of the Rainbow community in relation to mental health and well-being, and how insurance product design can unintentionally cause adverse mental health outcomes for members of this community.

Aych join's the FSC panel on changing minds - a review of mental health environment issues for the insurance sector, and reminds us that sometimes the best contribution we can make to the health of others is acceptance.



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