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’s organisations call on MSPs to reject Scottish Government’s proposal to reform the Gender Recognition Act
Read our joint statement that was sent to all MSPs.
Statement of Solidarity with Professor Kathleen Stock
Current and retired academics, students, alumni, university / college employees are welcome to sign this statement.
Complain about Cervical Screening Campaign
The Scottish Government continues to come up with ridiculous ideas to demean and endanger women. The latest Cervical Screening Campaign talks about ‘people’ being urged to attend smear tests since ‘two people’ die from cervical cancer in the UK every day. This is a shocking approach to women’s health. We need clear, unambiguous language that it is women, and only women, who are affected by cervical cancer. With many women unaware of what a cervix is or for those who are not fluent in English, vital healthcare information can be missed. It is unacceptable that women’s lives are being put at risk by avoiding simple, straightforward language to appease a minority.
Please write to your Constituency MSP to complain about the language used in this campaign. It’s also important to write to Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport (MinisterPHWHS@gov.scot) and Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care (CabSecHSC@gov.scot).
Don’t forget to write to your local newspaper on this issue as well so that other people are made aware of the impact on women’s healthcare by removing our ability to reference ourselves when addressing issues that affect us.
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.
Festival of Politics
This year’s Festival of Politics takes place from 20 – 24 October. Events that might be worth signing up for and raising questions to the panellists:
Safe city spaces for everyone – 20 October, 5pm to 6pm
Violence Against Women – 21 October, 5pm to 6pm
Black History Month – Political Representation – 23 October, 12pm to 1pm
Organisation to support female trade unionists
There is a new organisation being set up to support female trade unionists, so if you’re female and a trade unionist, you can join them as a founding member. You will need to be a Twitter user to get in touch with Fiona Macdonald (@Fiona44444).
Gender reform questions politicians must answer
Sole Sisters have published a set of important questions that we need the answers to. When an announcement on GRA reform is made, please contact all eight of your MSPs to ask them about the proposed plans and, in particular, the effect of self-ID on service provision for women and girls.
They also have a huge stack of information postcards that will need to be distributed all over Scotland! You can leave them on trains, buses, within library books, in pockets of clothing, in public toilets, cafes, GP surgeries….. the opportunities are endless. If you’d like to help out, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send some out to you.
Any donations to help with the costs of the postcards are gratefully accepted 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.