The netherlands : the sex of the citizens will no longer be mentioned on the id card - The Point

After the Germans, the Dutch will also have an identity card on which their sex would be more appropriate. It is this that has informed the minister of Educatio

The netherlands : the sex of the citizens will no longer be mentioned on the id card - The Point

After the Germans, the Dutch will also have an identity card on which their sex would be more appropriate. It is this that has informed the minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven. In a letter to Parliament seen by Agence France-Presse Saturday, the minister, also in charge of the Emancipation, has expressed its intention to remove the registration of sex on identity cards " from 2024-2025 ".

Ingrid van Engelshoven wants to " minimize to the extent possible the unnecessary mention of sex ", which will, however, remain mentioned on the passports, mandated by the european Union. "The netherlands would not be the first member State to have an identity card without reference to gender. The German identity card does not mention sex, " writes the minister. Ingrid van Engelshoven believes that citizens should be able to " shape their own identity and to live in freedom and security ".

Recognition of a third gender

"This is great news for people who are experiencing day after day of problems with this gender category on their identity card," said the Dutch organisations for the defence of the rights of homosexuals and other sexual minorities. "And this is good news for anyone who thinks that hiding your underwear does not concern either the government or the authorities," they added in a press release. The netherlands have also made a step towards the recognition of a third gender in 2018, when a citizen born intersexué had obtained of justice the right not to be required to register as a man or a woman on her birth certificate.

Updated Date: 04 July 2020, 11:33

You need to login to comment.

Please register or login.

RELATED NEWS