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 BDMRR amendment that allowed self-id for gender identity in 2021, 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.
On 14 February 2022, LAVA ( Lesbian Action for Visibility in Aotearoa) sent a letter to David Parker MP, outlining the concerns regarding the submission process: Letter to the Honourable David Parker (scroll by date)
"69% of submissions on the BDMRR Bill were opposed to it, but this fact was not mentioned in the final report. 18-20% of the total submissions were ruled out of scope and disregarded. All of these were opposed to the Bill in its present form, and while not directly linked to SOP 59, should be acknowledged as representing the views of a significant proportion of those who took the time to make submissions.
No mention was made in the final report of points made, concerns raised and research referred to by those opposed to the proposed legislation. We challenge the report’s statement that one of the most commented on aspects of the SOP was that, under clause 22A, only people on the New Zealand birth register would be able to amend their sex on their birth certificate through a self-identification process. Very few submissions opposed to the proposed legislation even mentioned this."
In a Stuff article, from 2021 Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, a Green Party MP who sat as a government representative on the Select Committee for amendments to the BDMRR bill, and the Conversion Therapy Bill spoke about submitters with whom she disagreed:
"Being on the select committee hearing the submissions on BDMRR was difficult. The scale of misinformation, lies and scaremongering was staggering. The consistent misgendering and denial of human rights routinely made me furious. I maintained my composure (most of the time) knowing it was just a fraction of the discrimination that takatāpui, trans, intersex and non-binary whānau face every day." She did not hide her disdain or summary dismissal of concerns as well as this statement indicates. 70% of submitters had concerns about the amendment to the BDMRR bill, which passed in December 2021.
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.”