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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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 …

BDMRR Bill Deferred – Press Release

Campaign Group Welcomes Hon Tracey Martin’s Announcement Auckland, 26 February 2019 – Campaign group Speak Up For Women has welcomed the announcement by Hon Tracey Martin that the controversial Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill will be deferred. The group, which formed in August 2018 to oppose the Bill, has been calling for the …

Professor Alison Heather interviewed by Ryan Bridge

Professor of Physiology at Otago University Alison Heather speaks to Ryan Bridge on Magic Talk about the implications of allowing transwomen to compete in women’s sports competitions. Professor Alison Heather will be a guest speaker at the Speak Up For Women event on Tuesday 26th February at the Ellen Melville Centre in Auckland. Tickets can …

Speak Up For Women interviewed on Magic Talk with Sean Plunket

Following the publishing of an article on The Spinoff written by Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, Sean Plunket invited our spokeswoman Ani O’Brien onto Magic Talk to discuss whether this was an appropriate use of power.

Transgender ideology and the law – NZ Law Journal

Labour MP joins line-up at Speak Up For Women event – Press Release

Auckland, 19 February 2019 – Speak Up For Women NZ have today announced the addition of another speaker to the line-up for their event ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Self-ID’ on Tuesday 26th February. Labour MP Hon Louisa Wall will be joining Professor Alison Heather, Professor Rosa Freedman, and Barrister Julian Norman to discuss the potential …