Since the UN Commission on the Status of Women first met at Lake Success, NY in 1947, discussions of women’s equality have focused on the equal treatment of women as compared to men. But what will happen if men can simply self-identity as women? What will happen to the definition of women in international human rights treaties and all the corresponding protections for women? What will happen to progress made on countering violence against women if single-sex spaces like public restrooms, shelters for battered women, and women’s prisons are forced to open to any man who claims to be a woman? What will happen to women’s empowerment and access to social protection systems if any man can claim to be a woman and when women can be punished for dissenting from gender ideology? What will happen if medical professionals are pressured to tell girls who are uncomfortable with puberty that their bodies are the problem and that “sex-reassignment” hormonal and surgical interventions are the solution? Join us as a panel of experts, including a sexual assault survivor, a radical feminist, a Muslim researcher and writer , and a pediatric critical care physician discuss how the gender identity movement threatens to erase women’s historic protections and future progress.
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