The Daily Telegraph have finally woken up to the fact that the NSW Woman of the Year allows males to enter.
Bureaucrats have quietly redefined the word “woman” in the annual NSW Woman of the Year awards, allowing men who “self-identify” as woman to enter and possibly win.
New nominations have just opened up for the prestigious government-run gong for 2022 and the first condition of entry states it is open to anyone who “identifies as a woman”.
The top prize has been running since 2013 and was most recently awarded to chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant, but the opening up of the rules to self-identifying men has sparked criticism that it renders the gong meaningless.
The Daily Telegraph failed to mention that in 2019-2020 a male was one of the finalists.
Binary have been campaigning on this issue for a number of years, with hundreds of Binary supporters asking the minister the essential questions, “How do you define the term woman?”
The publication asked Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor, for comment but didn’t ask her to define the term woman.
In response, Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the awards “celebrate the achievements of a diverse range of women and support the NSW Government’s commitment to building an equitable, inclusive and safe society”.
“In line with the Transgender (Anti-Discrimination and Other Acts Amendment) Act and the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, any person who identifies as a woman can be nominated,” she said.
Without a legal definition for the term woman, anyone can take advantage of the protections, rights and privileges of being woman.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said it is a ludicrous situation.
“Awarding men for appropriating womanhood is insulting and ridiculous. The Minister for Women, Women NSW and the female NSW Premier are all incapable of even defining the term woman. The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 doesn’t even recognise sex – that is male or female. How can the government celebrate or protect women of they can’t define them?”
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