Dutch passport. Photo: Unsplash
Netherlands: gender banned on identity cards
The gender of Dutch citizens will no longer be mentioned on their identity card within a few years, announced the Minister of Education, Culture and Science.
Ingrid van Engelshoven has removed the gender of citizens from identity cards. The latter considers that this registration “useless”. In a letter to parliament, the minister, also responsible for emancipation, announced her intention to remove the inscription of sex on identity cards “from 2024-2025”.
It will however remain mentioned on passports, made compulsory by the European Union. “The Netherlands will not be the first member state whose ID cards omit gender. The German ID card does not include it,” the minister added.
Van Engelshoven believes that citizens must be able to “shape their own identity and live it in complete freedom and security”.
The Netherlands also took a step towards the recognition of a third sex in 2018, when a citizen born intersex obtained from justice the right not to have to register as a man or a woman on a birth certificate.
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