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.