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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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SUFW talk about the Wellbeing Budget with Sean Plunket

Sean Plunket invited Speak Up For Women to join him on Magic Talk to discuss the Wellbeing Budget and in particular the $3million set aside for gender reassignment surgeries over the next 4 years.  

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 …

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Press Releases

Feminists call on Government to defend women’s sport – Press Release

Wellington , July 19 2019 Feminist group Speak Up For Women is calling on the New Zealand Government to defend women’s sport in the wake of controversy following transwoman Laurel Hubbard taking the overall title in the over 87 kg women’s weightlifting competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa last week. Hubbard’s win put them ahead of …

Feminist group congratulates Minister of Justice on Human Rights Announcement – Press Release

Wellington , July 7 2019 Minister of Justice Andrew Little and the Labour-led government are to be congratulated for their principled and measured stance on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 194 recommendations for New Zealand to improve its human rights record as part of its five-yearly Universal Periodic Review (UPR) says feminist group Speak …

“These are not our crimes” – Press Release

WELLINGTON June 4 2019 Speak Up For Women are calling for dishonest reporting of crimes to stop. It has become common place to see crimes committed by trans-identifying males (transwomen) reported as women’s crimes and this, say the group, is an insult to women who commit only a fraction of violent crimes in reality. Today, …

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 …

Essays

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 …

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 …

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 …