Public Meetings

06 December 2021, Bowmar Community Centre, Alloa: The Implications of Self-ID in Scotland’s Schools and Prisons

Speakers: Rhona Hotchkiss (LGB Alliance), Maren Smith (For Women Scotland), Eva Comrie (ALBA)

02 September 2021, Women’s Rights Demonstration, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Speakers: Marion Calder, Kate Coleman, Rhona Hotchkiss, Lisa Mackenzie, Caroline McAllister, Shereen Benjamin, Susan Dalgety, Lisa Keogh

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

Guest speakers: Susan Smith, Venice Allan, Magi Gibson, Shereen Benjamin, Gillian Philip, Lucy Hunter Blackburn, Victoria Whitworth

07 March 2020, Demonstration, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Speakers: Lucy Hunter Blackburn, Fatina Liza, Susan Smith, Nicole Jones, Victoria Whitworth, Shereen Benjamin, Malcolm Clark, Marion Calder


Shereen Benjamin: pdf

Nicole Jones: pdf

Victoria Whitworth: pdf
Video clip on YouTube.

Lucy Hunter Blackburn: pdf

Video clips of Rhona Hotchkiss here, here, here and here.

Our thanks and all credit to Jamie Hunter for the photographs:

And a fab photo from Twitter!

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

Maureen O’Hara, Women’s Human Rights Campaign
Nicola Williams, Fair Play for Women

A transcript of Nicola William’s speech is available here.

Rhona Hotchkiss

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:

24 May 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: Lessons form Canada

Our live tweets from our @ForwomenScot Twitter account give a comprehensive account of the meeting – they’ve been compiled here.

Bec Wonders
Meghan Murphy
Trina Budge, Susan Smith, Bec Wonders, Meghan Murphy and Marion Calder.
Photo credit: Jamie Hunter



31 January 2019, Apex Hotel, Edinburgh

Rosa Freedman
Maggie Mellon
Susan Smith

The written notes from our guest speakers are available here:

Speakers: Rosa Freedman, Maggie Mellon, Susan Smith and Chair: Marion Calder.
Photo credit: Bryndis Blackadder
Susan Smith and Marion Calder. Photo credit: Bryndis Blackadder