Women Speak Tasmania
Fair Go for Queensland Women
Australian Lesbian Health Coalition
Feminist Legal Clinic Inc
Gender Critical Academics Melbourne
IWD Brisbane Meanjin
International Women’s Day (IWD – 8 March 2019) is recognised as an International day to remember and centre women’s rights and achievements.
A coalition of women’s organisations has written to the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, calling on them to establish a national inquiry into the expected and unexpected consequences of sex or ‘gender’ self-identification laws that are being proposed in several Australian jurisdictions.
Tasmania is currently considering legislation that will allow males to self-identify as female and have the change recognised at law simply by signing a statutory declaration’.There we all are – out and proud!
In November 2018 Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, publicly opposed the removal of sex markers from birth certificates being proposed by Labor and the Greens in Tasmania.
Australia needs to be examining the evidence from other international jurisdictions where poor consultation and lack of robust legal analysis of transgender law reforms has led to women’s and girls’ rights being negatively impacted.
On 25 February, New Zealand Internal Affairs MinistThere we all are – out and proud!er, Tracey Martin, announced that the controversial Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill will be deferred due to ‘inadequate public consultation’ on the bill’s proposed sex or ‘gender’ self-identification provisions.
Last month, after a man who self-identified as female was transferred to a women’s prison where he sexually assaulted two female prisoners, the UK Prisons Minister announced the Government is revising guidelines for transgender prisoners with a view to establishing “transgender wings”.
And, this week, UK health officials announced they are reviewing National Health Service policies that allow transgender patients to be cared for on women’s wards even if they have not undergone medical transition. The review follows a media investigation that revealed hospitals routinely allow male patients to share female wards if they self-identify as women.
Our government should also investigate the growing trend towards “medicalising” transgender identifying children that has accompanied transgender ideology, particularly in light of revelations that an internal review of the UK’s leading gender service for children, the Tavistock Clinic, found it “not fit for purpose”.
Many sporting bodies are now reconsidering their policies on transgender girls’ and women’s participation in women’s sports due to their recognised unfair advantage over natal feOn 25 February, New Zealand Internal Affairs MinistThere we all are – out and proud!er, Tracey Martin, announced that the controversial Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill will be deferred due to ‘inadequate public consultation’ on the bill’s proposed sex or ‘gender’ self-identification provisions
There we all are – out and proud!males. Most notably, Martina Navratilova’s outspoken position against trans identifying males in women’s sport has encouraged many other sportswomen to speak out.
Australian Lesbian Health Coalition, Fair Go for Queensland Women, Feminist Legal Clinic Inc, Gender Critical Academics Melbourne, IWD Brisbane Meanjin, Matrix Guild and Women Speak Tasmania, are confident a national inquiry into transgender laws, which is evidence based, objective and has particular emphasis on women’s and children’s rights, will lead to better outcomes for transgender people, women and children’.