Women Speak Scotland supports the promotion and protection of women’s sex-based rights. We recognise the life-long impact that being born female has on women’s experiences, opportunities and relationships.

We believe in the right to freedom of speech. We believe we should be able to discuss and research women’s rights and protections – in academic institutions, political and legal circles, on social media, within publicly funded organisations, and in cultural spheres – without fear of physical or emotional attack, harassment or threats to our livelihoods.

The website provides information about campaigns and actions which support women’s rights, or which counter the current misogynistic campaign against free speech and democratic discourse on issues of sex and gender.

The website is published by an informal network of feminists. We welcome comment and contributions from everyone who shares our values and concerns, regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, social class or political affiliation.



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Women & Social Security Survey: Winter Heating Assistance

Scottish Women’s Convention have put together a short survey to gather women’s views on Winter Heating Assistance in Scotland. Share your views here.

Our Bodies Our Rights in Lockdown

Engender and People First have developed a survey to find out how the pandemic has affected disabled women. In particular, they are seeking your stories of how services have adapted and how that has affected your access to support systems, whether friends and family, social care, parenting support and schools or health services, including but not only reproductive and sexual health. More information can be found here and the survey can be accessed here.

UrGENT Actions

This election Send a Letter to the Political Parties for free!

If you receive campaigning material from any of the political parties or candidates standing for election in Scotland, check if a reply-paid envelope is included among the leaflets. If you are lucky enough to find one, use it to tell the candidate and/or party how you really feel.
Write a brief letter about your concerns for women’s rights. If you no longer feel you can vote for the political party, make this clear. Post it using the reply-paid envelope.

#Womenvotingwithourfeet

A fantastic grassroots campaign by women of all ages and backgrounds from across Scotland. Women Speak Scotland supports our ‘Sole Sisters’ and we are pleased that they endorse our Manifesto!

Check out their website and follow them on Twitter. Do you fancy organising your own shoe protest?

There are a number of incredibly important cases that currently require sufficient funding to enable the women and men to see it through in court.

A summary of all the Judicial Reviews, Employment Tribunals, and Appeals since 2018 can be found in the document linked below, along with links to the crowdfunding pages.

Please donate if you are able to and spread the word about them if you can. Thank you.


In focus…

For Women Scotland – Stop the Scottish Government redefining “woman” to include men

Raquel Rosario Sánchez – Bullying and Harassment Enabled by Bristol University

Stand With Maya!

NEWS

Employment support not targeted at women following Stirling job losses

The Yogyakarta Principles: women’s rights were not considered

Gary Powell: Why we should say no to surrogacy

Women’s manifesto aims to put pressure on Scottish parties to ‘reaffirm sex-based rights’

RECAP: Watch The Scotsman’s election virtual hustings

The Scotsman is holding eight virtual hustings to cover the regional list areas. It will take place every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm and can be watched either at The Scotsman’s website or their Facebook page. People can submit questions in advance for the candidates by emailing them to scotsman.livestream@jpress.co.uk and including their full name, age, location and occupation. Questions can also be asked live on the Facebook page.

Watch the ones that have already taken place from the links below:

Lothians (16 March)

  • Miles Briggs (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Sarah Boyack (Scottish Labour)
  • Lorna Slater (Scottish Greens)
  • Catriona MacDonald (SNP)
  • Fred Mackintosh (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Derek Winton (Reform UK)

South Scotland (23 March)

  • George Galloway (All For Unity)
  • Paul McLennan (SNP)
  • Craig Hoy (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Laura Moodie (Scottish Greens)
  • Carol Mochan (Scottish Labour)
  • Catriona Bhatia (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

West Scotland (30 March)

  • Ross Greer (Scottish Greens)
  • Jamie Greene (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Michelle Campbell (SNP)
  • Neil Bibby (Scottish Labour)
  • Katy Gordon (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Peter Morton (Renew Scotland)

Glasgow (6 April)

  • Ivan McKee (SNP)
  • Pauline McNeill (Scottish Labour)
  • Sandesh Gulhane (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Carole Ford (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Kim Long (Scottish Greens)
  • Ruth Wilkinson (Women’s Equality Party)

Central Scotland (13 April)

  • Neil Gray (SNP)
  • Mark Griffin (Scottish Labour)
  • Haroun Malik (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Paul McGarry (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Gillian Mackay (Scottish Greens)
  • Peter Krykant (Independent)

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