Forwomen.Scot response to Scottish Government consultation on GRA reform

Forwomen.Scot welcomes the further consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act.  We hope that the process will be evidence based and transparent, and will take into account all stakeholders viewpoints.  

We will be taking the time to read the consultation paper thoroughly before formulating a full response. It is of great concern that since the consultation announcement in June the Scottish Government has not met with any women’s groups, other than those it funds and who are broadly in agreement with the proposals.  Alternative viewpoints and concerns on the issue of self-identification of sex have not been heard and brings into question the Cabinet Secretary’s wish to reach consensus.

Forwomen.Scot plan to publish advice and guidance on how to complete the consultation and will shortly be announcing a public awareness campaign.

17 December 2019

Patrick Harvie’s Motion

The following was published by our Twitter account @ForwomenScot on 22nd January.
https://twitter.com/ForwomenScot/status/1087834571780120578


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.
http://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/20180126_Guidance_on_Motions.pdf

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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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