Stop the Scottish Government redefining “woman” to include men

We are challenging the Scottish Ministers over the redefinition of “woman” in the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 which we believe is outside the legislative competency of the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998 and in contravention of the Scottish Ministers’ duties under equality legislation.

The new definition includes some men, while, remarkably, excluding some women. This cannot be allowed to stand.

The Equality Act 2010 states that a woman is “a female of any age” and maintaining this definition is key to maintaining women’s rights and protections in law.

Permission has been granted for a judicial review and the hearing has been set for 7th January 2021.

More details about the case can be found on our Crowd Justice page where we are fundraising towards the legal costs. Please support us with donations, large and small, and sharing the page with your friends and family.

Forwomen.scot is a group of ordinary women from all over Scotland who have come together to protect and strengthen women’s and children’s rights.

The Scottish Government plans to amend the Gender Recognition Act to allow any man to self-declare himself to be a woman.  This would not require any medical treatment or surgery, or even any change in appearance.

Only 18 per cent of respondents in a national, independently commissioned poll agree with these proposals.

We are concerned about the consequences of these proposals to our sex based legal rights and protections.  Many organisations are acting as though it is already law, bringing in policies that encourage men to enter women’s and girls’ spaces.  Examples include hospital wards, refuges, toilets, changing rooms, school and girl guide overnight accommodation, hostels, university rooms, and prisons.  Medical treatment and research, crime statistics, programmes for women in politics and STEM subjects, and women’s sports are also adversely affected.

We believe:

– sex is immutable and is a protected characteristic;
– women are entitled to privacy, dignity, safety and fairness;
– women’s rights should be strengthened.

As our name suggests, we campaign on a positive, pro-women basis and we call for evidence based discussion and legislation.

Directors: Trina Budge, Marion Calder and Susan Smith

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More great comments!

"As a post-op transwoman of many years I am horrified at the SNP's proposed new GRA law and self ID'ing. It not only threatens women and girls it also takes away the safety net for people who are on their journey to transitioning."

If there were a "stirring up" category for sex in hate crime bill, perhaps comments by one bearded Scottish comedian would count. He very likely made the level of abuse targeted at Rebecca Addlington worse.

Fortunately for him, our gov isn't too fussed about the abuse women get.

Thanks as ever to the ever alert @mbmpolicy team.
And thanks too to @MarshadeCordova for continuing to champion an important element of @UKLabour manifesto - the "understanding & enforcement of #EA2010 #SingleSexExceptions in service provision" https://twitter.com/mbmpolicy/status/1322233773241651200

A man sent over 1000 nude photos to people as an incentive for them to fill in a consultation that would make it easier for male born people to access spaces for women and girls.
Same man mocks a woman for having to reiterate the point that we need penis-free spaces to undress.


@AffordableLeath @ScaryChildren @ForwomenScot @YSINational @amnesty I live in decriminalised NZ. Not only do the women hate the system, but the rate of violence against ALL women has increased to the point where we're the worst in the world.

I don't think the Nordic model will solve all problems, but it's a fuck load better than this.

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