CEDAW must honour sex-based rights

The Women’s Rights Party is concerned that questions being circulated by a committee of CEDAW (the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 1979) appear to be considering a possible support for “gender identity” being included as a “right” in law.

Instead of affirming the sex-based rights for women which are clearly laid out in CEDAW, it appears that the Committee is considering re- interpreting CEDAW as providing rights to a “gender identity”, thereby including men who identify as women in the category of women.

If this path were followed, women’s rights would no longer have any protection under CEDAW and CEDAW would cease to have any meaning. It would not be the correct function of the CEDAW Committee to undermine CEDAW in this way.

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