The Swiss government has deemed the recognition of a third gender inappropriate
Swiss authorities believe that there are currently no conditions for recognizing a third gender or abandoning the traditional gender system, according to which there are only female and male genders. This is according to a statement published on Wednesday, December 21, on the government website.
"The principle of two genders remains deeply rooted in Swiss society," the Swiss Federal Council stated.
The statement noted that Swiss birth certificates contain information about a child's gender: it can be either female or male, the government recalled. It is forbidden not to specify gender at all.
As noted, there is no provision for indicating a gender other than male or female.
"Abandoning the two-gender principle would require numerous adaptations in federal and cantonal law," the report said.
In particular, the Federal Council noted, it would have had to amend the country's constitution in the section on military and civilian service, as well as numerous registries.
In July, it became known that the World Health Organization (WHO) is going to recognize the third gender on an official level. The organization intends to update its gender mainstreaming guidelines to declare that "gender is not limited to men or women.
They noted that the first edition of the manual dates back to 2011, now WHO has decided to update it for health leaders due to new scientific evidence and "conceptual advances in gender, health and development." The new manual will update "key concepts related to gender.
Last July, it was reported that the Argentine government allowed citizens who do not identify themselves as either female or male to put an "X" in the "sex" section of their passports. The aim of this initiative is to guarantee the right to gender identity to people who do not identify themselves as women or men.
The idea of gender diversity is actively promoted in the West.
On December 14, the Cambridge English Dictionary expanded the definition of the word "man. In addition to the definition of "male person," the definition of "man" now also refers to "an adult who lives and defines himself as male," even if he was of a different sex at birth.
The day before, on a similar principle, the Cambridge Dictionary expanded the definition of "woman" to include the phrase "an adult who lives and defines himself as female, even if he was assigned a different sex at birth.