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?
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.
An article, published today, by Edinburgh Live mentioned our group:
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:
Since our letter to the First Minister, the SNP Councillor Gregor Fisher Murray has resigned from his positions as Children’s Convenor and Equalities Spokesperson. However, he still remains as Councillor for Dundee and a member of the SNP. See the article in the Courier of 10 August 2018: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/703892/childrens-convener-resigns-following-row-over-expletive-laden-social-media-outbursts/
This is our response: Continue reading
Dear Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister,
We are a group of 51 women from various professions and walks of life across Scotland, and who are very concerned at the climate of misogyny and violent threats against women currently being fomented by the culture of trans ideology.
In particular we are concerned at the very recent behaviour of SNP councillor Gregor Fisher Murray when he launched an expletive ridden tirade of abuse at women who were expressing their concern over threats against lesbians defining their own boundaries and their own sexuality. Please see the article in today’s The Courier: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/685759/childrens-convener-issues-grovelling-climbdown-over-expletive-laden-twitter-outbursts/
This is not the first time that he has displayed such impulses, previously having attacked those who want 50/50 representation as ‘feminist shite’.
Gillian Martin’s non-aggressive comments of some years ago had consequences for her but Gregor Murray’s behaviour, which is recent and repeated, have had no such repercussions for him. We call upon you to send a clear message, that discourse around these matters must be respectful and non-threatening. The fact that this person identifies as non-binary clearly hasn’t prevented him from adopting intimidating behaviour typical of male aggressors, and promoting blatant sexism. Women’s and children’s rights are not safe in his hands. He is not acceptable as an ‘equalities spokesperson’, nor as convenor of a children and families committee. We call upon you to stand up for women and send a message that this language and behaviour will not be tolerated in the SNP.