Forwomen.scot was formed on the 20th of June 2018 and it’s rather fitting that, exactly one year later, Shirley-Anne Somerville’s statement in Parliament on the reform of the GRA gave recognition to many of the issues on which we campaign.
(Video and official report)
The shenanigans of
@scotgov regarding the announcement of proposals to reform the GRA are, to say the least, concerning. There are serious questions which now must be answered by @S_A_Somerville and @NicolaSturgeon #sexnotgender #WarOnWomen
It appears that Patrick Harvie MSP, in his enthusiasm to bring a Motion which, increasingly, appears to be motivated by personal animosity, may have overlooked the rules governing Member’s Business Motions.Continue reading
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.
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 is here.
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.
Since our letter to the First Minister, the SNP Councillor Gregor Fisher Murray has resigned from his positions as Children’s Convener 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.
This is our response: Continue reading