The Victorian Women's Guild promotes the rights and concerns of women and girls in the State of Victoria.
21 January 2021: the Victorian Parliament will, in the week of 2 February 2021, debate a nonsense bill which aims to ban 'conversion therapy.' Attempting to convert homosexual people is abhorrent but this terrible law conflates sexual orientation and gender identity and should be opposed on feminist grounds. See our page on the bill with a summary and links to reports.
2 December 2020: the UK High Court found yesterday that the as the use of puberty-blockers to treat gender dysphoria is experimental and without a sufficient understanding of the long and short-term consequences, children essentially cannot give informed consent to such treatment. See our media release about this critical challenge to the affirmation model for treating gender dysphoria and read the judgment.
Our concerns encompass many spheres of life in Victoria ranging across areas as varied as:
We have recently focused our campaigning on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill which allows people to change their birth certificate to record their gender identity, rather than sex; and which was brought to Parliament with no real consultation with the broader community, including women. We held a meeting to allow women's concerns to be given voice and you can view videos of the event on our Events page. The Bill passed Parliament on 27 August 2019. The Guild will monitor the implementation of this legislation.
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We support freedom of speech and value evidence-based discussion. We support the rights of transgender people to live their lives free from violence and discrimination, as we do for all people. We acknowledge that rights for all people is the basis of any fair and balanced society.
We acknowledge that Victoria is on land which was stolen from the Traditional Owners and pay respect to their Elders past and present and all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.