Speak Up For Women fought to urgently defend 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.

Now, that we have succeeded in having the BDMRR Bill deferred our focus turns to how we can advocate best for women and girls as the Bill goes through consultations. Make sure to subscribe to our mailing list to keep up to date with all of our activities.

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

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Speak Up For Women's public event in Auckland on 26 February opened up debate about sex self-ID. The speakers presented rational and insightful discussion on the rights of women and of transgender people. We had the meeting recorded so that more people could benefit from the insight of our distinguished guests: Professor Alison Heather, Professor Rosa Freedman, Barrister Julian Norman, and MP Louisa Wall.

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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Time to recognise ‘TERF’ as abuse as Scottish Politician is suspended – Press Release

Wellington, 16 May 2019 Women’s group, Speak Up For Women, are calling for New Zealand politicians to take note of the progress being made in the UK in regards to stopping the harassment and denigration of women with the term “TERF.” Gregor Murray, a Scottish politician who represents Dundee’s North East ward, has been suspended …

SUFW call for urgent conversation following investigation into sexual assault by transgender prisoner – Press Release

Wellington, 10 May 2019 Speak Up For Women is dismayed to learn that a transgender prisoner being held in Christchurch Women’s Prison is being investigated for sexual assault against a female prisoner. While the investigation is ongoing, it is the women of Christchurch Women’s Prison who Speak Up For Women is concerned about. “It has …

Women’s group warns sacking of gender critical tax expert is a sign of things to come – Press Release

Wellington, 8 May 2019 Speak Up For Women NZ says the sacking of a gender critical British tax expert in the United Kingdom serves as a warning of what is to come if New Zealand doesn’t take a restrained approach to proposed hate speech laws and begin to have reasonable open conversations about sex, gender, …

Feminists support petition against teaching gender ideology in schools – Press Release

Auckland, 12 April 2019 Speak Up For Women NZ congratulates National Party MP Jo Hayes for accepting a petition, signed by more than 40,000 New Zealanders, calling for the Ministry of Education to remove learning intentions for teaching gender diversity in the sexuality education guide. “Funding interest groups to teach gender identity ideology as fact …

Most New Zealanders do not support sex self-ID – Press Release

Wellington, 28 March 2019 Despite mostly positive coverage of transgender issues by New Zealand media, Kiwis are not convinced that sex self-identification should be passed into law. Media reports that a ‘small but vocal minority’ oppose sex self-identification are simply not true; a recent survey, commissioned by Speak Up For Women and conducted by Buzz …

NZ women join global call to reaffirm women’s rights – Press Release

Wellington, 15 March 2019 – Today marks the global launch of ‘The Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights’. The Declaration is the output of a global feminist movement to put pressure on the UN to reaffirm women’s existing rights. It is a clear call to law and policy makers to retain the sex-based biological definition of …

Global Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights

SIGN DECLARATION Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights On the re-affirmation of women’s sex-based rights, including women’s rights to physical and reproductive integrity, and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls that result from the replacement of the category of sex with that of ‘gender identity’, and from ‘surrogate’ motherhood and related …

Videos from the ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Self-ID’ event

Speak Up for Women’s public event in Auckland on 26 February opened up debate about sex self-ID. The speakers presented rational and insightful discussion on the rights of women and of transgender people. On the eve of the event the government announced the Birth Deaths and Marriages Bill (BDMRR) has been put on hold to allow time …

SUFW Speech from ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Self-ID’ event

Speech delivered by spokeswoman Ani O’Brien on Tues 26th Feb 2019 Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Well, I had an entirely different speech planned for today, but instead I will begin by thanking Minister Tracey Martin for making the decision to defer the Births, Deaths, Marriages, Relationships Registration Bill. Minister Martin may not …

Women’s rights AND trans rights discussed at public event – Press Release

Speak Up For Women event a success Auckland, 27 February 2019 – Last night campaign group Speak Up For Women held an event ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Self-ID’ in central Auckland. Less than 24 hours after Hon Tracey Martin announced the controversial BDMRR Bill will be deferred to allow for adequate public consultation, the event …