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Gender choice: are you Mr, Ms or Mx? (Aust)

first_imgThe Australian 23 May 2016Family First Comment: Australia has officially lost their way!“In February, the Australian ¬Bureau of Statistics issued a “standard for sex and gender variables, 2016” which listed an “other” category. “The inclusion of the ‘please specify’ write-in facility for ‘Other’ allows respondents the opportunity to describe their sex using a term they are comfortable with, while also maximising the potential for analysis of the responses provided.” Imagine the phone call – “Which gender are you? I’ll read out the 55 options….”Gonna be a looooooong phone call. :)  Government departments facing a July 1 deadline to comply with new federal gender guidelines are introducing new categories alongside male and female on forms and advising staff to refrain from assuming a person’s gender based on their name. Thousands of voters updating their personal electoral details ¬before this year’s federal election have been given an option to list their gender as unspecified, as part of a broader push to eradicate ¬gender-based assumptions.The Australian Electoral Commission has also recently started accepting Mx as a title, with a -default gender of indeterminate. This year’s census on August 9 will be the first where people are provided the option to identify as male, female or “other”.In February, the Australian ¬Bureau of Statistics issued a “standard for sex and gender variables, 2016” which listed an “other” category. “The inclusion of the ‘please specify’ write-in facility for ‘Other’ allows respondents the opportunity to describe their sex using a term they are comfortable with, while also maximising the potential for analysis of the responses provided,” the standard states. Government agencies are following the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, updated in November last year, and issued by the Attorney-General’s Department. The ABS said the guidelines meant it had advised staff they “should refrain from making assumptions about a person’s sex and/or gender identity based on indicators such as their name, voice or appearance, and suggests that when interviews are conducted interviewers should read out the question and all response options.”http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/gender-choice-are-you-mr-ms-or-mx/news-story/426ae8ffaddfa2e48740930438f4afeblast_img read more

Uhuru extends nationwide curfew for a further 30 days

first_imgThe President further directed all sporting facilities including stadia be availed by the Ministry of Health for isolation purposes.“Government Institutions including all sporting facilities, stadia and educational institutions and other government facilities, upon designation by the Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe as a public health facility, shall be availed to the Ministry of Health for isolation and quarantine purposes,” said the President.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament Also Read  PPRA faults Mochache for irregular procurement of PPEs at KEMSA President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew for a further 30 days in a bid to curb COVID-19.The President who was speaking during a press briefing on COVID -19 situation in the country ordered police to spare no individual even politicians who will be found out after curfew hours without being an essential worker.“The Inspector General of Police shall ensure that his officers spare no mheshimiwa, or individual, regardless of social status or rank, who is either out after curfew or who flaunts the health protocols without being an essential worker.  The rules are for all of us, and rank or status does not exempt you from them,” warned President Kenyatta. He directed the Ministry of Health to develop protocol to temporarily retain retired ICU staff to ensure adequate stuffing in health facilities to address the surging numbers of those infected by COVID-19. Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more