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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Letter to Peter Hope-Jones,
Head of Gender Recognition Unit

Women Speak Scotland met with the Gender Recognition Unit on 15 February 2022. We were given a 30-minute slot. This was a frustratingly short period of time in which to air our concerns and raise questions. Predictably, there was much that was left unanswered. However, we were encouraged to send in a follow-up letter as our questions might be addressed via this format. You can read about it and view the letter itself here.

For Women Scotland Campaign – Email your MSP and stand up for women’s rights

Ahead of the Scottish Government’s plans to bring forward a Bill to amend the Gender Recognition Act, For Women Scotland are encouraging us to contact all our MSPs to raise our concerns, express objections, and call upon them to vote against any move towards self-identification of sex.

They have set up a quick and easy way to contact all 8 of your MSPs using a template email here, but feel free to amend it to make it more personal to your views. Remember that personal and individual emails tend to have a better impact rather than lots of emails saying the exact same thing.

If you have already emailed your MSPs, please follow up the responses and, where possible, ask for a face-to-face consultation.

BBC Sounds – Nolan Investigates

Nolan Investigates looks at the influence Stonewall has in public institutions across the UK. They talk to a range of voices with a view on sex, gender and identity. Listen to the 10 episodes here.

The Trans Umbrella is older than you think

Gerry Davies has written an excellent article on the term ‘trans’ which encompasses a variety of ‘identities’. You can read it here.

NEWS & Articles

Ministers lose bid to redefine ‘woman’ for the boardroom

For Women Scotland: What Their Victory Means

Trans people can ‘change sex’ when filling out census form, court rules

Shereen Benjamin on Stonewall: “It is alarming that City of Edinburgh councillors would affiliate their council to this increasingly discredited organisation.”

Women’s groups unite in bid to secure safe single-sex spaces

New trans laws in Scotland could open up ‘loophole’ for rest of UK

Lesbians United launches in the United States with a social media campaign against child transition


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