Speak Up For Women is urgently defending the rights of women and girls, in opposition to the Government’s proposal that a person’s sex should be a question of choice, or self-identification, on birth certificates.

We believe that women’s voices must be heard in the debate around self-ID.

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We support respectful, evidence-based dialogue and freedom of speech. We support the rights of transgender people to live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Rights do not exist in isolation and a fair society balances the rights of all.

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Campaign Launch Press Release

Campaign calls for a halt to sex self-ID    Auckland, 14 January 2019 –  Today marks the start of a month-long campaign by grassroots group ‘Speak Up For Women’ calling for wider public consultation before controversial sex self-identification law is passed by the government. Sex self-identification means anyone can change the sex on their birth certificate …

What is to become of women’s sport?

Women’s sport has been in the news this year, with a growing controversy over the participation of transwomen in women’s competitions. Kiwi Laurel Hubbard represented New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games women’s weightlifting event at the Gold Coast last year despite having competed in the men’s events, prior to gender transition, in 2014. Towering over …

Reasons for Safeguarding Concerns With Self-ID

Speak Up For Women is often asked to provide proof that self-ID will result in harm. We believe this frames the issue the wrong way around. Sex-segregation has long existed as a principle in human rights law, for reasons of privacy, safety and dignity. We believe the onus must be on those seeking to change …

A Response To Louisa Wall

Louisa Wall’s opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald (29 November 2018) misrepresents our position. Speak Up For Women was formed in opposition to the government’s proposal that the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill be amended to provide that any person can change the sex recorded on their birth certificates via statutory declaration …

Louisa Wall deletes incorrect claims about CEDAW from social media

Embattled Labour MP Louisa Wall has deleted incorrect claims about gender identity and international law from her Facebook page. Ms Wall wrote on her Facebook page yesterday, “I stand by my comments that TERFs, or any group that proclaims trans women are not women and should not be able to self identify and therefore change …

Stop Hate Speech: We Call For Respectful Dialogue.

Stop Hate Speech Here’s the full recording of MP Louisa Wall’s hate speech targeting women during the Pride Hui earlier this week. The recording was made in secret by a hui attendee who will not speak publicly for fear of the attacks and threats they have already been subjected to. We demand that our MPs …

Don’t Call Women ‘Terfs’

The author is a male supporter of Speak Up For Women. His opinions may not reflect the opinions of all SUFW members and supporters. A Brief Foreword I don’t entertain the notion of a crossover between trans-advocacy and feminism. The ideologies are fundamentally in contradiction. Feminists have always posited that gender is a culturally-constructed system …

Response To Stuff

Speak Up For Women Respond To Stuff We were recently contacted to provide comment to Stuff as input to this article. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet their deadline, and so again, New Zealand mainstream media has not delivered balanced reporting on the BDMRR bill. This is deeply disappointing; below is the response we gave …

We Are Gender Critical Feminists. That’s It.

On 6 September, I held a public meeting in Wellington, as spokesperson for the organisation Speak Up For Women (SUFW). “Let’s talk about proposed legislation that would allow legal sex to be changed based solely on self-declaration,” prompted the publicity. “What could this mean for the rights of women and girls?” This is a fair …

BDMRR Bill and Children

Proposed changes to the BDMRR Bill (“self-ID”): effects on children/young persons under 18 Speak Up For Women has concerns about the impact of the proposed changes to the Births, Deaths Marriages and Relationships Registration (“BDMRR”) Bill in relation to children and young persons. The proposals remove the existing Family Court “gatekeeping” function, and the need …