The Status of Women In Scotland – All-Women Shortlists

UN Women invited submissions to the Commission on the Status of Women with information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. Our full submission can be found here but we have also turned each section into the following stand alone blog pieces:

Gender Representation on Public Boards Act I All-Women Shortlists I Census and Data Collection on Sex I Hate Crime and Public Order Act I Prisons I Women’s Services and the Genuine Occupational Requirement I Conclusions


  1. The political participation of women in Scotland has not yet achieved full equality, and, as such, still requires positive temporary measures to ensure women’s equal participation in the Scottish Parliament. In 2016 only 45 women were elected as Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), representing 35% of Scotland’s 129 MSPs. In the 2021 election the number of women MSPs rose to 58 (45%).
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Twitter thread re GRA Announcement

Link to Twitter thread: here
Archived here: http://archive.fo/nyZCD

Thread:
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

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Response to Gregor Fisher Murray’s Resignation as Children’s Convenor

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.

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Open Letter to First Minister

Dear Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister,

We are a group of 51 women from various professions and walks of life across Scotland, and who are very concerned at the climate of misogyny and violent threats against women currently being fomented by the culture of trans ideology.

In particular we are concerned at the very recent behaviour of SNP councillor Gregor Fisher Murray when he launched an expletive ridden tirade of abuse at women who were expressing their concern over threats against lesbians defining their own boundaries and their own sexuality.  Please see the article in today’s The Courier.

This is not the first time that he has displayed such impulses, previously having attacked those who want 50/50 representation as ‘feminist shite’.

Gillian Martin’s non-aggressive comments of some years ago had consequences for her but Gregor Murray’s behaviour, which is recent and repeated, have had no such repercussions for him.  We call upon you to send a clear message, that discourse around these matters must be respectful and non-threatening.  The fact that this person identifies as non-binary clearly hasn’t prevented him from adopting intimidating behaviour typical of male aggressors, and promoting blatant sexism.  Women’s and children’s rights are not safe in his hands.  He is not acceptable as an ‘equalities spokesperson’, nor as convenor of a children and families committee.  We call upon you to stand up for women and send a message that this language and behaviour will not be tolerated in the SNP.

Yours sincerely,

forwomen.scot