Press Statement – Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee Meeting, Scottish Parliament, 06 December 2018
Forwomen.scot were grateful to the CTEEA Committee for listening to our concerns regarding the proposed changes to the census in Scotland.
We believe that, to be robust, a census must capture the most accurate population data possible. Many of our providers – especially in healthcare and social services – have clear need for the most accurate demographic information. This is especially important when considering the rights of women as they are more likely to access public services in Scotland.
In June 2018, one of our/ManFriday members put Hostelling Scotland’s policy of “regardless of transgendered status, we will book an accommodation based on how our guests choose to be recognised” to the test by checking into Inverness youth hostel as a self-identified man. See our earlier report and the Inverness Courier article.
We are now pleased to report that Hostelling Scotland have recently confirmed that all their hostels provide female only accommodation. See the email reply to an MSP enquiry:
The release of the results of the Scottish Gender Recognition Act consultation has been widely reported as proof that a majority of Scots support moves to allow self-identification of sex. This, of course, runs counter to all opinion polls to date which show overwhelming opposition to this idea. We have good reason to believe this is a gross misrepresentation of the view of the Scottish people.
Press Statement – Proposals to Allow Self-identification of Gender, House of Commons, 21 November 2018
Forwomen.scot was disappointed to hear of the extremely low turnout at the debate on ‘Proposals to Allow Self-identification of Gender’ in the House of Commons today. This debate is the most important on women’s rights in a generation and the outcome has the potential to negatively affect the lives of women and girls. We are grateful to David Davies for his unwavering support and saddened that so many of our erstwhile allies in the centre and the left of politics are so dismissive of women’s concerns.
Exterion Media, the company that controls advertising space for Lothian Buses, refused to display the dictionary definition of the word “woman” on the grounds that the message was “likely to offend” the general public.
Given that the photograph of the sticker was taken from a tweet posted online on 17 August we are really not sure how they failed to contact us for comment before publishing the article. Here is our response: