01 April 2022, The Claimants, London
Marion Calder attended “The Claimants” on behalf of FWS to talk about our judicial review win against the Scottish Government. Others talking about their legal cases on sex-based rights include Maya Forstater, Raquel Rosario Sanchez, Nicola Williams and James Esses – further info on the cases is here.
18-19 March 2022, Scottish Conservatives Conference, Aberdeen
We had a stand at the conference and spoke at a panel discussion hosted by Murdo Fraser MSP, alongside Lucy Hunter Blackburn (MurrayBlackburnMackenzie), Malcolm Clark (LGB Alliance) and Sinead Watson (@ImWatson91).
Lucy’s speech was mentioned in the Scottish Express article “Nicola Sturgeon’s controversial gender self ID law blasted as example of ‘bad lawmaking'”.
Sinead’s speech was mentioned in the Times article “Lawsuits will blame NHS, warns woman who detransitioned”
08 March 2022, Witches’ Well, Edinburgh.
On International Women’s Day, Scottish women lit candles to remember those who fell victim to the witchcraze which swept Scotland. We find it ironic that the First Minister today apologised to those who are safely dead, but said nothing about the ongoing campaigns against women, including women in her own party, who defend women and women’s rights today.
Somewhere in the region of 85% of the accused then were women, victims of a patriarchal society in which women often had to turn on their sisters to survive. We must never forget that madness and violence are not yet behind us. Nor are superstition, cruelty and hate. As we remember the women who died here in Scotland, we also think of those who continue to face persecution at home and abroad. We urge women in parliament to stand up for the most vulnerable today and to commit to ensuring that women are never again made scapegoats to serve the imposition of ideology.
The Critic published Elaine Miller’s reflection on witches: “Women won’t wheesht”
Gatherings were also held at the Witches Well, Paisley and at the Gallus Quines street art to the witches in Aberdeen.
05 March 2022, Women’s Festival, Alloa
See Forth Valley Feminist’s Youtube channel for videos of other speakers including Caroline McAllister, Elaine Miller, Alison Weir and Eva Comrie.
06 December 2021, Bowmar Community Centre, Alloa: The Implications of Self-ID in Scotland’s Schools and Prisons
02 September 2021, Women’s Rights Demonstration, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
See our page here for the text of some of the speeches, links to media coverage, and photographs.
20 July 2021, Demonstration, Glasgow Green
02 August 2020, Speakers’ Corner, The Mound, Edinburgh
07 March 2020, Demonstration, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Shereen Benjamin: pdf
Nicole Jones: pdf
Lucy Hunter Blackburn: pdf
Photographs: Our thanks and all credit to Jamie Hunter for the photographs:
29 February 2020, Central Library, Edinburgh, 1pm – 3pm.
28 February 2020, New venue announced on the day: Mercure Hotel (Glasgow Women’s Library cancelled our booking), 3pm – 5pm.
Two women-only meetings to discuss the impact of the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act on women, and to provide support in responding to the government’s consultation:
16 January 2020, Radisson Blu Hotel, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
A transcript of Nicola William’s speech is available here.
05 June 2019, University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education.
Women’s Sex-Based Rights: What does (and should) the future hold?
A brilliant panel of feminist scholars and activists addressed a packed meeting at the University of Edinburgh. The audience, which included activists, policy-makers, students, academics, MSPs, were privileged to hear from:
- Julie Bindel
- Professor Rosa Freedman
- Claire Heuchan
- Lucy Hunter Blackburn
- Dr Louise Moody
- Professor Sarah Pedersen
You can watch the video of the event here:
You can also read some of the texts of the speeches:
- Rosa Freedman (speech in video is slightly shorter due to time constraints)
- Lucy Hunter Blackburn
- Louise Moody
- Sarah Pedersen
24 May 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: Lessons form Canada
31 January 2019, Apex Hotel, Edinburgh
The written notes from our guest speakers are available here: