Separating sex and gender

by Daphna Whitmore  12 March 2019  

Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 6.49.21 PMThe public have an opportunity to make submissions on gender identity being included in the Human Rights Act. The campaigning group Speak Up For Women are encouraging people to submit.

The Ministry of Justice have opened submissions on the recommendations from New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The submission time is just one week, and closes tomorrow.

I submitted that sex-based rights need to be protected as distinct from any gender identity inclusion.

There is a need to separate sex from gender identity. If there is inclusion of gender identity in the Human Rights Act that should only be if it is clearly defined as a distinct characteristic from sex. Sex-based exceptions need to be clear as  they exist to protect the rights of natal women.  Transgender people’s identities should not be given status  over women’s rights to sex-based exception.Gender identity ideology is a belief system I do not subscribe to,  however I  accept the right of others to believe in it, much like religion.  I thus support the inclusion of gender identity only  on the basis that it be clearly distinguished from biological/natal sex.

Here is the link to make a submission.