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New UN Treaty May Put Gender Ideology in International Law

Submitted by  Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, October 4 (C-Fam) In a new treaty, the General Assembly may scrap the definition of gender as “male and female” currently in international law and endorse a definition of gender as “socially constructed.” The new definition would open the door to 100+ “genders” in binding law.

The International Law Commission has asked the General Assembly to discard the legal definition of gender in international law as “the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society.” That hard-fought definition was decided in the Rome Statues creating the International Criminal Court and excludes any “meaning different from the above.”

The left-leaning commission proposed the change in a new treaty on the prosecution of crimes against humanity that will be reviewed by the General Assembly’s legal experts later this month.

In making the recommendation, the commission cites “several developments in international human rights law and international criminal law.” As evidence, the commission lists the non-binding opinions of human rights bodies and other international law entities who promote gender as a social construct, including the notions of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

The commission cites, for instance, the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, who has written that gender is “each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth.”

The report also cites the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, according to whom gender is not a biological reality but a “social construction” related to the “accompanying roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes assigned to women and men, and girls and boys.”

The legal effect of discarding the Rome Statute’s definition of gender will be to enshrine gender as a social construct in international law. It wouldn’t merely leave the definition of gender open to each country’s national legislation to define, as some may believe. Far from it. Because of the elaborate rationale in the report of the commission, dropping the definition will have the legal effect of defining gender in international law very broadly.

The request is likely to attract controversy in the General Assembly. The Commission told the General Assembly in the last two years that it would not change any of the definitions from the Rome Statute in this new treaty. And it has gone back on its word because of intense lobbying from LGBT groups.

Moreover, the commission wholly overlooks the fact that a majority of countries do not consider gender as a social construct. Indeed, the UN entities and bodies cited by the commission go further than most countries’ laws.

Through 2019, only seven countries allow gender change based on self-identification alone, according to the pro-LGBT group Amnesty International.

Even in the roughly 40 other countries where individuals are allowed to legally assume an identity different from their biological sex, countries restrict who may do so and under what circumstance.

In most countries identity change is only permitted after a psychiatric determination of gender dysphoria or a surgical operation to mutate the sexual physiognomy of an individual. In addition, some countries require individuals to divorce their spouses and do not allow individuals with children to change their gender.

The sixth committee of the General Assembly is scheduled to review the report of the International Law Commission, where the new treaty is contained between October 28 and November 6.


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A Question Of Identity: Third Sex To Be Recognized On Birth Certificate

Submitted by Yardbroom
Photo Credit: theguardian

Photo Credit: theguardian

Germany will become the first country in Europe to recognize a third or “undetermined” sex when registering births and so join a very small group of nations; if a report in the Suddentsche Zeitung is to be believed.  “From 1 November the babies born in Germany without clear gender-determining physical characteristics, will be able to be registered without a sex on their birth certificates”.

Australians have allowed citizens to mark their gender on a passport as “x” since 2011 and New Zealand followed suit last year.  Activists in both countries claim Legislation has helped curb discrimination against transsexuals and those of indeterminate gender.

Germany’s change is being seen as the country’s first legal acknowledgment, that it is possible for a human to be neither male or female.  This could have far-reaching consequences in many legal areas.  Justice Minister Sabine Leuthheusser – Schnarrenberger said: “the decision will have deep repercussions and will require “comprehensive reform” of all documents issued by the state.”

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Men From Mars, Women From Venus

Author’s name withheld – BU

When last you heard a male friend expressing his total disgust, in a member of the opposite sex, unable to understand why females thinks and acts the way they do.

I just returned from a visit to a friend who is a lawyer. While there I asked him why is it that members of the legal fraternity are seemingly more and more being bought before the Courts on money matters. He sharing jovially a matter of how he was wrongfully accused by a female, who believed he (the lawyer) was holding up funds, she believed was presented by her espoused husband in transit to her. She went as far as involving the police and even taking my friend to the disciplinary committee. As he explained, no moneys had passed his office but the husband in an effort to tease her left messages for her to think otherwise.

Why do we men and women always seem to be at each other? There are a whole lot of other examples of these differences I am sure.  You out there ponder even wonder as to why … here take a look at what the experts believe…

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Should Same-Sex Unions Be Legalized?

Submitted by Caswell Franklyn

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

I hate to get involved in an area where I have no personal experience or knowledge. I cannot speak to the attraction and sexual urges that some people have for their own gender. I am therefore writing from the perspective of someone who has been brought up and culturally conditioned to believe that homosexuality is immoral, sinful and should be condemned. However, I recognise that homosexuals are people like myself, and must be entitled to some basic rights. The question now is which rights, since some among us are saying that the lifestyle should be recognised as normal under the law.

I hope that all can agree that a society/country must put laws in place to ensure that it survives and continues to grow. It is therefore reasonable when laws are put in place to discourage and punish the misuse of harmful drugs, even though some might argue that the addict is only hurting himself. In reality, he is harming the society because he would eventually become a burden on the state.

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Men Are Letting Down The Side

Hartley Henry - DLP Political Strategist

There is an aspect of last Sunday’s presentation of keys to new home owners at Marchfield in St. Philip that impressed as well as depressed me. First, however, permit me a moment to put the observation in perspective.

Two weeks ago I visited the showroom of a car dealership in Warrens, St. Michael. It was one of those days when the urge to see what was new and available simply could not be denied. I was forced to wait about 25 minutes for personalized attention because there were quite a few persons in the display area enquiring about terms and conditions of sale agreements.

I did not recognize many of the faces but there were mostly young men, holding what is culturally referred to as both white and blue collar jobs. It was astounding to hear the price of some vehicles and observe the determination of some of these guys to purchase new sport utility vehicles, in particular, irrespective of the cost.

Some guys were willing to sign on the dotted line there and then and by the time I left the showroom I am certain the Sales Executive with whom I spoke had herself chalked up a minimum of three “relatively safe and secure” sale commitments. I was happy for these young men and admired their tastes and their determination to “move up” in life.

Political animal that I am, I thought to myself ‘well things in the country cannot be that bad if demand for $200 000 vehicles is so high’.

That episode streamed completely out of my mind, until last Sunday while attending the handing over of keys ceremony at the new Marchfield Housing Development. What struck me most as the names of new homeowners were being revealed, was that the vast majority was either single women or pairs of women; perhaps sisters, relatives or mere platonic friends. I cannot recall any new owner being a single male and certainly less than 40 per cent were couples in the traditional sense of a man and a woman.

I do not wish here to personalize the observation to those particular homeowners, but to speak generally now in the context of that barometer reading.

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A Step Too Far Or Fairness And Equality: Same Sex Partner's Legal Rights

Submitted by Yardbroom
Rosi & Kelli

Rosi & Kelli

A release from the Press Association (UK) Monday 31 August 2009, reported that female couples will be able to register both their names on the birth certificate of children conceived through fertility treatment.  Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. The move will give women in same-sex relationships the same rights as heterosexual parents, to have their names on their children’s birth documents.

“Home Office Minister Lord Brett said the move was a “positive change”.  He explained:  This positive change means that, for the first time, female couples who have a child using fertility treatment have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts to be shown as parents in the birth registration”.

I have put this submission forward in the interest of balance, so that a section of Barbadian society – though small – know that their concerns, not often addressed in other media in Barbados will be given a fair hearing on Barbados Underground (BU). I also hope the variety of views often expressed on BU are not stymied in this submission and that robustness is evident.  However, that robustness and freedom are tempered by responsibility and reason.

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Brother, Where Art Thou?

Hartley Henry - DLP Political Strategist

Hartley Henry - DLP Political Strategist

Men are truly in crisis! Ralph Boyce and his MESA group are giving promotion of the interest of men their best shot, but I am not sure the extent to which they are succeeding. I see some very alarming trends on the horizon.

I am not speaking here of the disproportionate number of females enrolling at tertiary institutions. Neither am I concerned, on this occasion, about the virtual takeover of the leadership of the public service by members of the fairer sex.  Indeed, there is also the matter of every other driver on the road being female.

None of these issues, though deserving of evaluation, is as striking to me as driving around Barbados on weekends and viewing the social scene. Take for example my “passing time” in the lobby of the Barbados Hilton last Saturday evening and observing as literally hundreds of persons arrived for what was clearly a dapper social event. I was not invited and I did not care to enquire of the occasion. What, however, was striking was the near 70 percent to 30 percent ratio of women to men. For every “male and female” couple that waltzed into that hotel, there were two and probably three of females only, comprising two, three or four individuals. I was in the company of a visiting associate from overseas and it was he who asked the alarming question “but where are the Bajan men?”

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Should We Expect More From LIME

Submitted by Adrian Loveridge

Adrian Loveridge

Its 06.45 hrs Monday morning and for nearly three hours I have been trying to make a number of overseas calls and send faxes throughout the region.

‘All circuits are busy’ is the recorded message you get and when I dialled 0, the operator who eventually answered, knew nothing about the problem and then gave me the wrong customer service number.

When I called the right number, a heavily accented person stated ‘try again in an hour or so’.

With declared profits of US$97 million in one trading year, is it unreasonable to expect a higher level of service delivery?

Now of course, when the service is restored all calls and faxes will be charged at a higher rate because it will be in peak time and charge rates.

Yet! No expectation of a refund or compensation for this appalling service.

Should we expect more from LIME?

Rihanna To Turn Spotlight On Domestic Violence


The recent incident which has attracted international coverage between international performing artistes Rihanna and Chris Brown has given a prominent face to the scourge of domestic violence (DV). While we agree that DV is endemic in all countries and carves across race, colour, creed and even sex, sometimes it helps when famous people fall victim because of the attention it attracts.

Reports we have read suggest that both Rihanna and Chris Brown were members of households where they witnessed domestic violence. Psychiatrists often share the view that DV begets DV and it requires a strong will and sometimes professional help for victims to break the cycle. Rumours have been rife since last year that this is not the first time Rihanna and Brown would have resorted to embarrassing displays of behaviour in public when attempting to reconcile disagreements.

Yesterday’s press has reported that Rihanna will be making a public statement soon. There was a hint in the report that Rihanna will be speaking directly to the issue of DV. If she does BU believes that this is a big positive that would have come out of the sordid episode. Rihanna as a poster girl or should we say spokesperson for DV would go a long way towards raising the awareness level to this malady which afflicts all communities. Continue reading

International Women's Day 2008

Today is a special day; it is International Women’s Day. It would be a very dumb man who would deny the importance of the woman to our existence. Never mind that today we live in a world that trivializes the existence of life. Procreation which is considered one of the most sacred acts of mankind, and one which can only be performed by a woman has now been relegated to Abortion Clinics which can now be visited on many street corners around the globe. What a sad state the homo-sapiens species have become. Back to the point of this blog! Barbados Underground congratulates all women for the strides they have made in the last twenty years. Gender equality is something we will always support even though we may differ with how some women apply interpretations!

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Can A Woman Ever Be Equal?

Military Mom’s are Stressed and in Need of Help


Photo U.S. Specialist Jennifer Fifield of the 2nd Battalion of the 12th Cavalry Regiment attends a briefing at the forward operating base of Liberty camp April 1, 2007, before leaving for a mission in Baghdad’s northwest Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya. Mothers in the U.S. military are stressed, poorly paid and need more help caring for their children, according to a report issued by Congress on Friday. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Military Mom’s Stressed and in Need of Help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mothers in the U.S. military are stressed, poorly paid and need more help caring for their children, according to a report issued by Congress on Friday.

Nearly half of all women in the active-duty military have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and 24,475 women are there now, the report by the Joint Economic Committee said.

Yet child care services are not keeping up with longer and more frequent deployments, said the report, released to coincide with Mothers’ Day in the United States on Sunday.

Moreover, women get only 6 weeks of leave after the birth of a child, it found. — read full article


Picked up on this story while reading some of the international blogs and BU readers may ask how is this relevant to the Barbados scene. The punch line in the story seems to suggest that the US female soldiers deployed in Iraq all appear to be of the lowest rank and therefore the lowest paid. The idea that the USA is a co-educational system and one would assume that if one in seven soldiers in Iraq is a woman then there should be a high probability that that should be reflected in the number of senior female officers in Iraq as well. Why is it that in every other area of the society the success of women who are penetrating the glass ceiling is evident but not the army. It just seems that men have an innate belief that we must protect our women. Perhaps the fact that US female soldiers are lowly placed in rank is to act as a disincentive,

Here in Barbados we quibble about the merits and demerits of co-education but in the USA which is regarded as the freest of all democratic countries the old but innate primal male characteristic is still alive!

Does Mia Mottley Qualify For The Job As Prime Minister Of Barbados?

The archaic ministers of the Howard Government are at it again. Whether it’s controlling access to abortion or accusing Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Gillard of the heresy of being “barren” it seems as if women’s bodies, choices and lives are a recurring obsession with them. And we thought we had enough of these hijinks with Hilarious Hilaly running around comparing women to “cats meat”.

Does it scare anyone that we have these men in authority with their perverse perceptions of female sexuality influencing policy??

The boys club of politics seems like an oversized fraternity- unable to deal with the presence of real women as equals and competitors in modern life they resort to puerile jibes at their opponent’s femininity as a way of discrediting them. It’s a recurring theme in politics- Whether its Bush feeling up Germany’s Chancellor at an international conference or US Presidential hope Hilary Clinton being accused of getting plastic surgery- these insults are so cheap their laugable. Grow up!!

Source: Wo-Magazine Blog

Recently you must have heard in the news the “political storm” which broke in Australia when Liberal Senator Bill Hefferman on the government side, questioned whether Julia Gillard who is the deputy leader of the opposition Labour party, “could fully understand her voters because she was barren”. Here at BU we immediately thought of Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley who from all reports appear to be childless and is poised to make a serious challenge to leadership of the BLP in the near future -according to some people close to the party; a previous attempt failed. However BU will not use such a crass way to describe a woman’s right to not mother or bear children if she so desires to have a career instead or ….

To describe Mia in politics is very strange though, we are tempted to think enigmatic. We all may agree that she stands head and shoulder above most of her colleagues in the Lower House. Her demonstration of a sharp intellect and capacity to speak with clarity on multiple issues, often with very little preparation rivals some of the greats like Tom Adams and Don Blackman. We scored the NISE speech she delivered at the Hilton last year very high on the scale. If only the boring CEO at NISE is able to operationlize much of what she challenged Barbadians and Barbadian businesses to do. Oh well that is another topic!

Mia is such an important political figure on the Barbados scene that she has already prompted two BU articles!

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Men Continue To Suffer Abuse From Women Daily ~The Men Haters Like Cynthia Forde-MP and Nalita Gajadhar-Feminist; Should Go and Fly a Kite !

More than 830,000 men fall victim to domestic violence every year, which means every 37.8 seconds, somewhere in America a man is battered, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey. While more than 1.5 million women are also victims, everyone — no matter their sex –deserves help




At BU we think it is a reasonable conclusion to make that a Barbados society mirrors what is described in the quote above. Are we not sick and tired of hearing Nalita Gajahdar and Cynthia Forde spouting their feminist crap? Well in the case of Cynthia Forde we understand why. Why do these women feel that by bashing men that it makes them part of the solution? Why can’t they accept that although the incidences of women abusing men whether physically, verbally and emotionally is not as prevalent as men on women, it does still happen! In the famous words of Rodney King why is it that the Bureau for Gender Affairs does not foster an environment where the genders can “just get along”. We all have grown up in our villages and terraces where we have heard stories of women who constantly “nag” and “cuss” our men. The men often time remain silent to ensure that there is peace in the household especially when there are children around.


Ralph Boyce: Men are abused too
by CARLOS ATWELLMEN MUST BE ABLE to control their emotions better, said president of the Men’s Educational Support Group (MESA) Ralph Boyce, but society must remember they also got abused.He told the DAILY NATION in an interview Sunday that women had greater access to education and employment and as such, were in greater control and were also subjecting men to verbal, emotional, as well as physical abuse.He was responding to statements made by Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Cynthia Forde, which appeared in the SUNDAY SUN.Forde said women “had to know they had to stand up and not be dependent on the men” and “the approach by males to resolving challenges with women by using brute tactics” must stop.

Saying it was “wrong” to focus only on violence against women, Boyce called for a sustained programme which looked into why abuse took place.

“We cannot talk about numbers as any abuse is wrong, but it is also wrong to focus only on violence against women. If men are being targeted as the abusers, then money should at least be targeted into finding out the psychological reasons behind the abuse,” he said.

Boyce said MESA received $1 000 a year but $1 million had been allocated for women’s shelters. He said they had never been informed as to whether there would be any shelters for men.

Forde expressed her willingness to work with the National Organisation of Women and the Bureau of Gender Affairs, but Boyce said it was equally important to work with MESA.

“We don’t condone any violence and men need to realise the other person does not belong to them; but women must also learn that if someone has been kind, protective and fair to them, that person should be treated with some kind of emotion, justice and fair play,” he said.

Nation News 

Although at BU we do not always agree with Ralph Boyce and the Men’s Educational Support Group (MESA) we applaud his effort so far to highlight the many concerns of men. We accept that we still live in a male oriented society but this does not mean that the rights of men must remain in abeyance. It is interesting to note from the quoted article MESA receives $1,000.00 per year when compared to one million for women for shelter. There can be agreement, if only from observation, that the men appear to be the gender in need of the shelter given the many characters we see around Bridgetown. BU remains fearful that more and more men will become marginalized in this process as more females ascend to more decision making positions in the country. We did a little unscientific experiment, we Google “gender affairs Barbados” and we were shocked at the results which came back. The majority of the results dealt with women issues. It is also insightful that when BU dialed 431-0850 which is the number listed in the 2006-2007 telephone directory we heard a recording that “the number we had reached is not I service”, perhaps indicative of the importance which all concern place on this division within government.

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