Briefing Notes: Stage One Debate on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
For Women Scotland was delighted to have had the opportunity to give evidence at committee stage regarding proposed changes to the 2021 census.
We fully support the proposal to gather data with regard to gender identity and sexual orientation and, due to the sensitive nature of these questions, that this should be done on a voluntary basis. The census is an ideal way to gather detail on small populations to better enable provisions.
The committee also considered calls to conflate sex and gender identity within the compulsory M/F question or to add the category “other”. The Stage 1 report was clear in recommending that these characteristics should remain distinct and that a non-binary option should not be added.
Mermaids are not clinicians or experts in child development but political campaigners promoting an ideological and experimental approach to children. They claim the NHS gender clinic, the Tavistock Centre, has a “48% suicide attempt risk” – the clinic says the true rate is less than 1%. And yet they are to be rewarded with a £500K grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Archive: http://archive.is/bW1Ed
A good article in the Sunday Times about the proposed census changes, which quotes Woman’s Place UK: “The inclusion of a third option to the question on sex would indicate a departure from the scientifically grounded theory of human sexual dimorphism … If the Scottish government believes that human beings are not sexually dimorphic, then ministers and the chief scientific and medical officers must provide evidence to support that claim.” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-for-gender-id-question-in-next-census-qcfzv69x5
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.