Women Speak Tasmania are holding a Q & A forum Review of Transgender Law Reforms

on  Monday 18th March at the Friends Meeting House in North Hobart between 6-7.30pm.

This forum comes after a sustained campaign over many monoths by some in the trans rights lobby and their supporters to silence women’s voices on legislative proposals which will impact on the human rights of girls and women.

At the coming Quaker Yearly Meeting to be held in London in May, a Discussion document by Quaker Life Central Committee has stated:

‘We affirm the right of women’s organisations to critique and explore the nature of

gender identification and respect their right to freedom of speech. We recognise that

some Friends will find such organisations supportive and of comfort and respect their

right to make their case. We do not accept that the critique of transgender identities in

the political sphere is necessarily transphobic. We affirm our welcome to such

organisations to meet publicly or privately on Quaker premises.’

Speakers at the forum will include Tessa Anne, Jo Pinkiewicz, Bronwyn Williams and Isla MacGregor with Chair Jennie Herrera.

Women Speak Tasmania welcome all members of the community to participate in what will be a lively and robust discussion on the issue that will commence debate in the Legislative Council next week.

Bronwyn Williams is a retired lawyer and social worker

Isla MacGregor is a women’s human rights and free speech advocate

Women Speak Tasmania is a network of women and their supporters based in Tasmania. We operate as a secular group. We are not aligned with any political party or ideology. We share research and information on a broad range of women’s rights issues. These include – female only spaces, services, groups and facilities; the sexualisation of girls and women; pornography/prostitution and the harms of the global sex trade; surrogacy as a violation of women’s human rights; and ending male violence against girls and women. We understand that sex-based oppression affects all women, and underlies all abuses of female rights. We support the right of women to speak freely about the inequities and discrimination they experience. We aim to give a voice to girls and women in the pursuit of justice, peace and security. We support full autonomy and personal freedom for all women.