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 voters 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.

Tweets by @ForwomenScot

Two weeks ago, I read a bunch of tweets from @JoanMcAlpine about sex and gender. I texted my bestie: "Who is this woman? Where did she came from? I think I l love her!" Today, I saw a clip of her questioning @HumzaYousaf about crime statistics so I can confirm that I DO love her. https://t.co/7p01aGvv9a

“Brothels are concentration camps, where every type of pain & crime that can be committed against a human being converge. Prostitution is nothing more than the use & abuse of women & girls’ dignity,you can’t dress it up. I’m tired of it being called a job.”https://t.co/XJuUahSycH

@ForwomenScot @StuartPoet @ScotGovFM @WomenForIndy @scotgov Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies to foster good relationships between people with different protected characteristics - worth remembering, and predicated on acknowledging each characteristic is separately important.

We came into being when women were being told we couldn’t meet and talk about sex and gender. Women (and men) who insist on doing just that are still being threatened, attacked, silenced, reported and vilified. This needs to stop.

We need MSPs to ask q's and properly consider how gender self-id interacts with policy & law, be in relation to the census, recording practices or GRA reform. To criticise @RBFMaguire for thanking @JoanMcAlpine for doing so is a worrying development.

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