What’s Current: UK High Court rules guidance on census allowance for sex self-identification must be changed

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  • UK campaign group Fair Play for Women challenged a policy by the Office of National Statistics allowing sex self-identification on census data. A High Court judge found the policy to be unlawful and ordered that the guidance should be changed to state that individuals must report the sex listed on their birth certificate or gender recognition certificate.
  • According to a report from the World Health Organization, nearly one in three women around the world have experienced physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. The largest-ever study regarding violence against women also stated that the situation has not improved over the past decade.
  • An anonymous whistleblower employed at US Washington State’s Corrections Center for Women reports an influx of male convicts identifying as women being transferred to the facility. According to the employee, a woman was recently raped by a male inmate who identifies as transgender.
  • A bill proposed in Oregon to decriminalize prostitution and commercial sexual solicitation has drawn criticism from politicians and a local human trafficking non-profit. Nita Belles, founder of In Our Backyard, says that she is against the bill because it will only further harm victims of sex trafficking. Belles states: “There are no independent studies anywhere that show that by normalizing the sex trade or decriminalizing it that it makes it safer.”
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.