Via Irish Times Letters:
Across the sea in the UK, a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal found that having “gender critical” views is protected in law. This case was brought by a woman, Maya Forstater, as she was defending the view that biological sex is real after losing her job.
After the judgment, Ms Forstater’s solicitor made a statement “institutions that might have been expected to support women’s political organisation have been almost without exception conspicuous either by their absence, or by their active hostility”.
He brought a spotlight on Amnesty Ireland: “Amnesty Ireland went furthest of all by putting its name to a statement calling for people with Gender Critical beliefs to be ‘denied legitimate political representation’. Even typing that sentence feels implausible. Maya Forstater’s success demonstrates the irrelevance of these institutions. They are at risk of redundancy”.
But Amnesty Ireland was not alone in calling for women with gender critical views to have their right to representation removed.
Our very own National Women’s Council of Ireland also signed the letter calling for our rights to be removed, as did many other organisations.
The NWCI is in receipt of State funding. Does a State-funded body really have the right to call for the removal of rights from women who believe in the reality of biological sex?
Does the NWCI really have the right to abandon women because they do not share the same beliefs as the NWCI?
Previously: Hear Me Roar