Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

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.

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News roundup – week ending 01 Dec 2018

Sunday

Busy day in The Times newspaper today:

   

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Hostelling Scotland and Serco (Caledonian Sleeper and Northlink Ferries) Update

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:

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News roundup – week ending 24 Nov 2018

Just to keep on top of current events we thought we’d try a weekly roundup of all the stories/news/research/anything of interest.

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GRA 2004 – Consultation results

Press Statement – Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

Note: The Scottish Government’s report of 23 Nov 2018 on the GRA consultation: https://www.gov.scot/publications/review-gender-recognition-act-2004-analysis-responses-public-consultation-exercise-report/

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.

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‘Proposals to Allow Self-identification of Gender’ Debate

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.

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Women and Girls in Sport

As part of their monthly spotlight ‘Have your say’ section, the National Advisory Council on Women and Girls requested feedback from individuals and groups on the topic of Women and Girls in Sport.  They asked:

  • What are the biggest equality issues, in Scotland, around women and girls in sport?
  • What needs to change, in Scotland, to improve opportunities for women and girls in sport?
  • What actions should NACWG recommend to improve gender equality in sport, in Scotland?

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