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Include women on decisions impacting women

The right to be consulted about changes in policy and practice where there is a risk of negative impact upon the human rights of female people and the right to free speech.

We are seeing with Bills that directly impact women such as the Victorian Conversion therapy bill, all other stakeholders that are not LGQBQTIA such as women or parental groups are excluded.

We are seeing bullying, censorship, de-platforming, doxing, demonising, threat of criminal action, and professional sanctions, which impact on reputation and loss of income due to loss of employment for those resisting a belief-based system of gender ideology and defending the class of ‘woman’ (biological females) as a separate ontological class.

We are seeing the chilling effect of the suppression of any discussion, debate, or open dialogue on gender ideology even in our universities, as it is true in other countries around the world. We are particularly concerned with the lack of data collected on the impact of legislative change to replace sex with gender, and the impact of males in female-only spaces.

Dr Lawford-Smith, an Associate professor at the University of Melbourne and a member of LGB Alliance Australia created a website last February to collect stories from women around the impact of these legislative changes on their experiences in formerly single sex spaces, such as toilets, changing rooms, women’s groups, and lesbian spaces. These stories had to be submitted anonymously to protect women telling their stories, given the violent threats women receive on social media for sharing such experiences (including threats of rape and murder). In the first two days, she received over 900 submissions and over 19,000 hits indicating there is a conflict of interest between females with males who self-identify as women, which governments are ignoring; this is also in opposition to gender ideology advocate’s argument that this data is not needed as no conflict exists between the sex-based rights of women and trans-identified males.

As a result of asking for women to share their personal experiences, Dr Lawford-Smith has had an open campaign led by Gender Identity advocates criticising her right to give women a voice, led against on behalf of the “LGBTIQ+ community”, with deliberate obfuscation to the fact Dr Lawford-Smith is herself a lesbian and therefore a part of this very community. In addition, she has received abuse and vitriol from many public media outlets, as well as calls for her to be removed from her position.

We have seen an Act recently instituted in legislation in the state of Victoria specifically stating its purpose is to ‘denounce: to condemn or censure openly or publicly a natural person or any organisation for failing to acquiesce to the (Gender Identity) legislation backed by significant criminal sanctions and substantial fines.’

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”


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