The Government has announced it intends making sex self-identification possible this year, as a priority. That would mean anyone could change the sex documented on their birth certificate by a simple declaration that they “identify” as the opposite sex.
Speak Up For Women have launched a campaign encouraging New Zealanders to oppose the law change. They point out that self ID undermines the rights females have fought for and would have consequences in relation to:
- Access to single-sex spaces and institutions (e.g. changing rooms, girls’ schools, women’s shelters, rape crisis centres, GirlGuiding, women’s prisons)
- Access to single-sex services such as caregiving, counselling and health professionals
- Meaningful records and statistics – e.g. crime, health, employment, pay gap
- Allocation of resources
- Female-only scholarships and quotas
- Sports teams
Speak Up is calling on the Government to return the BDMRR Bill to select committee. Despite the lack of public consultation and Crown Law’s advice that the Bill is flawed the government may try to push the law through. Please share SUFW’s website link far and wide.