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 Melville Centre, including Tracey Martin, the Minister in charge of New Zealand’s Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill, which contains a controversial provision to allow sex self-identification.

Professor Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading, UK, and Barrister Julian Norman, will discuss the legal conflicts inherent between sex self-ID, New Zealand’s Human Rights Act, and the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 

Professor Alison Heather, Professor of Physiology at University of Otago, will provide analysis of the physical advantages pertaining to male bodies, and explore the impact sex self-ID could have on women sports.

Ani O’Brien, Speak Up For Women spokesperson, says: “We’re delighted to have three internationally acknowledged experts on the impact of sex self-ID legislation join us in bringing this much needed conversation to the New Zealand public.

Ms Martin has previously declined to meet with us and has not responded to media requests for comment, which is an unusual stance for a Minister to take on their own Bill. We strongly encourage Ms Martin and other MPs to come along to hear from women who are experts in this field”

The public are welcome to attend, with tickets from just $5

Event location: Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Pl, Auckland

Date: 26 February

Time: 6:30pm – 8pm

  1. What a wonderful line up of speakers! Personally I think Tracey Martin should attend the meeting, along with Grant Robertson, the Sports and Recreation Minister, and Kelvin Davis the Corrections Minister. Let’s hope that the right of citizens to debate government legislation in a peaceful manner is respected.


  2. Well, let us hope we don’t get the usual cries of ‘transphobia’ for actually daring to have a cool, collected debate on this subject. I am not holding my breath. Trans activists don’t seem to realise, we are not against them but for women and girls to maintain their protected status. One should not cancel out the other.


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