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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A blow to free speech as Women’s Rights campaign censored – Press Release

Speak Up For Women’s posters taken down Auckland, 11 February 2019 – Today, campaign group Speak Up for Women has received notification from Phantom Billstickers that their poster campaign calling for public consultation on the controversial Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill will be removed from over 60 sites from Auckland to Invercargill, in a …

Let’s talk about sex self-ID – Press Release

Public meeting called to discuss sex self-ID Auckland, 11 February 2019 – Today, campaign group Speak Up For Women has announced a public meeting in Auckland, featuring international speakers at the forefront of the global debate on sex self-identification laws. Several MPs have been invited to the event, to be held 26 February in the Ellen …

Women’s voices must not be silenced

  Women’s voices must not be silenced in the discussion around sex self-ID and gender ideology Speak Up For Women is concerned about the censoring of feminists and women who speak out against sex self-ID, and against the ways in which gender ideology is becoming increasingly normalised in language and culture. Women must be able …

Speak Up For Women interviewed on Magic Talk with Peter Williams

Law Society complaint laid against Wellingtonian of the year – Press Release

  Law Society complaint laid against Wellingtonian of the year Wellington, 28 January 2019 – Prominent lawyer and 2018 Wellingtonian of the Year, Steph Dyhrberg, has had a complaint made against her to the law society, following an expletive-filled Twitter outburst where she called women ‘whores”. Ms Dyhrberg’s comments demonstrate the intensity of the debate over …

Call to Attorney General – Press Release

Calls for clarity grow: How will sex self-ID impact human rights? Wellington, 19 January 2019 – Campaign group Speak Up For Women is calling on David Parker to fulfil his obligation as New Zealand’s Attorney-General by clarifying how sex self-ID will impact the human rights of women and girls. A bill proposing controversial changes to …

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 …