Mythbusting is back!

In February 2020 the Scottish Government confirmed Scotland’s next census will advise respondents to answer the question in line with their ‘lived sex’. However, in England and Wales, which is conducting a census in 2021, debate continues about the form of guidance that will accompany the sex question. This has presented opportunities for several mythsContinue reading “Mythbusting is back!”

Gender by default – New Zealand’s proposed approach to collecting data about sex and gender

New Zealand’s official data agency has proposed a ‘gender by default’ approach to how the government collects data about sex and gender. This proposal is part of a consultation being conducted by Stats NZ, New Zealand’s national statistical organisation and the body responsible for the country’s 2023 census. The consultation describes ‘gender by default’ asContinue reading “Gender by default – New Zealand’s proposed approach to collecting data about sex and gender”

Myth busting – The sex question in Scotland’s 2021 census

This Thursday (9 January 2020) the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee will consider evidence related to the design of the sex question in Scotland’s 2021 census. Although the question wording and response options are now confirmed (What is your sex? Female, Male), debate continues about the guidance that will accompany theContinue reading “Myth busting – The sex question in Scotland’s 2021 census”

Letter against changes to the sex question in Scotland’s 2021 census

  20 September 2019   Dear Members of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee We represent a diverse range of researchers, academics, practitioners and data users working in universities, higher education agencies and other organisations across Scotland and the UK. Together we possess a breadth of expertise in the collection and use of data on identity characteristics,Continue reading “Letter against changes to the sex question in Scotland’s 2021 census”