Feminists have spoken up

By Cassandra | November 19, 2019

When Massey University responded to activist pressure by cancelling the venue booking for Speak Up For Women’s Feminism 2020 event in Wellington, it proved to be a gift to the event’s organisers.  It ignited public debate around freedom of speech in our universities, and the group was invited to hold the event in the rather …

Feminism 2020 is going to Parliament

By Ani | November 14, 2019

When Massey University cancelled our room booking it was a blow not just to feminism in New Zealand, but to the principle and practice of free speech. However, following the disappointing decision by the university, MP David Seymour contacted us out of principle to invite us to speak at Parliament. We’re grateful to David for his …

Speak Up For Women’s submission to parliament: “gay conversion therapy” and counselling of gender dysphoric individuals cannot be equated

By Cassandra | October 23, 2019

Speak Up For Women is a non-partisan feminist group concerned about the emerging conflict between transgender rights and the sex-based rights of women and girls. We write to express our concern about the way in which the Petitioner has misrepresented the above Petition, and conflated “gay conversion therapy” with therapy designed to address gender dysphoria …

Speak Up For Women pleased government won’t scrap counselling for gender questioning children and adolescents

By Cassandra | October 23, 2019

Speak Up For Women is pleased the Select Committee has rejected a petition that called to end comprehensive counselling and psychiatric services for gender questioning youth. While we support a ban on gay conversion therapy, the petitioner, Max Tweedie, did not recognise and understand the difference between conversion therapy for gay and lesbian people and …

Sisters in solidarity: Speak Up for Women NZ and A Woman’s Place UK

By Cassandra | October 18, 2019

Kiri Tunks is a British trade unionist, socialist and women’s rights campaigner. She is a co-founder of A Woman’s Place UK (WPUK), an organisation set up in September 2017 to uphold the Equality Act. The Conservative government had proposed rewriting the law to eradicate single-sex spaces and safeguards for females. A large grassroots movement sprung …

Fait Accompli

By Kerry | October 18, 2019

This guest post was submitted to Speak Up For Women by LGBT For The Freedom Of Speech   Fait Accompli A ‘fait accompli’, French for ‘accomplished fact’, is something that has already happened, and unlikely to be reversed – a done deal. It is the phrase that dances across the tip of my tongue as …

Post-Massey-cancellation interviews on Magic Talk

By Ani | October 17, 2019

Massey University has announced that they will be canceling Speak Up For Women’s venue booking for our event Feminism 2020. On the same day, award-winning columnist, Rachel Stewart, quit the New Zealand Herald after editors didn’t publish her regular column because it was about Speak Up For Women. Sean Plunket had Ani O’Brien, Rachel Stewart, …

The Rachel Stewart column the NZ Herald were too scared to print

By Ani | October 16, 2019

Speak Up For Women is publishing Rachel Stewart’s latest column, as the New Zealand Herald did not publish it. Rachel is an award winning journalist and one of New Zealand’s favourite opinion writers. It seems in today’s anti-women political climate, some feminist opinions are not welcome at the Herald. Please note it was written prior …

Massey University, Speak Up For Women and Feminism 2020

By Kerry | October 8, 2019

On 23 September, Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event is to discuss the future of feminism. What are the big issues on the horizon for the women’s liberation movement to focus on? What …

Ani O’Brien speaks with Sean Plunket on Magic Radio about the backlash to Feminism2020

By Kerry | October 3, 2019

Speak Up For Women spokeswoman Ani talks to Sean Plunket on Magic Talk about Action Station petition to deplatform Speak Up For Women from speaking at Massey University.