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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SCOTLAND HATE CRIME BILL – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AMENDMENTS: CALL FOR VIEWS – Deadline 10:00 AM MONDAY, 22ND February
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is issuing a short timescale call for views on the options proposed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice for the inclusion of amendments into the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3 on freedom of expression.
The amendments are set out in this document. There are four options being proposed.
If you are interested in sending your views on the draft amendments, please send these in a Microsoft Word document to the Committee by 10.00 am on Monday 22 February. Your views can be written in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Your submission should be a maximum of 4 to 6 sides of A4.
Please send your submission by email to: email@example.com More information here.
Sex and the Census: Call to Action
Woman’s Place UK have sent copies of the report Sex and the Census to every Member of Parliament, Member of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly Member. They have also sent copies of the report to Members of the House of Lords who sit on relevant parliamentary committees.
WPUK are asking everyone to write to their MP/MSPs/AM:
- Draw their attention to the Sex and the Census report
- Ask to meet with them, as their constituent, to discuss your concerns about sex and data collection and about policy capture of key issues relating to sex
- Read the report yourself (or the executive summary)
- Go to the meeting ready to ask them about the implications of not collecting accurate data on sex.
They have provided a template letter and further information here.
GC Academia Network launched
– A new website has been launched by a group of academics who are concerned about the ‘no debate’ culture in academia that is preventing an open and critical engagement with theories of sex and gender. They would like to hear stories from gender critical university staff (academic and professional services) and students.
Court rejects self-employed mothers’ sexual discrimination case
– The charity Pregnant Then Screwed has lost its legal challenge against the government for indirect sexual discrimination over the amount of support self-employed mothers received.
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.
People, groups and projects that require a bit of help getting off the ground.
Some things worth keeping an eye on to see how they develop.
The campaign website hasn’t been launched yet, but worth keeping an eye on. Also reported in Scottish Legal News.
There’s been an outbreak of slates… Read about them here.
In support of J. K. Rowling
Women Speak Scotland published an open letter in June 2020 in response to the accusations of transphobia and online threats aimed at J.K. Rowling. We call on all those who support free speech and are concerned by the levels of aggression and censorship directed towards women who disagree with gender extremism to read and sign our letter. We would especially love to have more signatures from women in Scotland.