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Petition to keep sex mandatory question on the census

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PlonitbatPlonit Thu 12-Oct-17 16:12:02

I know that many Mumsnetters are concerned about changes to the status of women and girls, including collecting data about sex in the census - which is vital for equality monitoring.

There's a petition to the government at the moment.

Keep the category of sex a mandatory question in the 2021 Census.

We oppose the published tentative recommendation by the Office of National Statistics to make sex a non-mandatory field in the 2021 Census. We demand that sex remains a mandatory question in the Census and is included in all government demographic data collection in accordance with SDG5 commitments.

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Data collection disaggregated by sex gives us vital information for policy making and distribution of resources. If implemented, the ONS recommendation will make widely acceptable that sex becomes a voluntary question. This will render useless equal opportunities monitoring designed to combat sex discrimination. It will influence governments worldwide making difficult the monitoring of imbalances resulting from sex-selective abortion, female infanticide and unequal treatment of girls and women.

Currently has 824 signatories, which I'm sure does not reflect the number of people in the UK concerned about this issue. Do sign, do share if you agree.

WitchBitchHarpyTerfThatsMe Thu 12-Oct-17 16:55:46


MiddleagedManic Thu 12-Oct-17 16:59:59


Thelilywhite Thu 12-Oct-17 17:48:08


ErrolTheDragon Thu 12-Oct-17 19:36:46

I've already done it.

TheHumanRace Thu 12-Oct-17 19:50:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BubbleLamp Thu 12-Oct-17 21:56:40

Signed as has my husband.

ChiefClerkDrumknott Thu 12-Oct-17 22:05:08


Berthatydfil Thu 12-Oct-17 22:07:36

I signed and shared it and my 82 yo dm did too

AnneTwacky Fri 13-Oct-17 06:08:00


LineysRun Fri 13-Oct-17 06:09:26

Thank you for posting this.

MorbidMuch Fri 13-Oct-17 06:39:53


CountFosco Fri 13-Oct-17 06:59:16


PlonitbatPlonit Fri 13-Oct-17 08:42:45

Thanks to everyone for signing for this. Please also share and ask your friends to sign. Personal approaches work. If everyone who has already signed (1,240 so far) asks another two and they sign and do the same, it will snowball quickly.

AccrualIntentions Fri 13-Oct-17 08:44:30


DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 13-Oct-17 09:00:27

Signed. flowers

scalliondays Fri 13-Oct-17 09:11:58

Signed and shared as well

duvetdaysgone Fri 13-Oct-17 09:57:38

Signed 👍

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 13-Oct-17 10:19:50


zurichgnome Fri 13-Oct-17 10:43:20

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

AccioWine Fri 13-Oct-17 11:01:13

Also have signed. As have my husband, mum, dad & sister.

BlueCows Fri 13-Oct-17 11:30:04


NeedingSolutions Fri 13-Oct-17 11:42:11


XJerseyGirlX Fri 13-Oct-17 11:49:21


Casmama Fri 13-Oct-17 11:53:25


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