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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Joint note on Scottish Government handling of gender recognition reform
A joint note was sent to Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Convener of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee. The note highlights the Scottish Government’s inadequate policy processes, its failure to engender an atmosphere conducive to a civilised public debate and its dismissal of concerns raised about the potential impact on women and vulnerable young people. The note is co-signed by Bayswater Support Group, Fair Play For Women, For Women Scotland, LGB Alliance, Sole Sisters, Woman’s Place UK, Women and Girls in Scotland, Women Speak Scotland and MurrayBlackburnMackenzie.
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.
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
Erskine – Bernard Jenkin
The Scottish draft Bill on gender recognition throws up uncertainties and would weaken women’s sex-based rights in the UK. Political dialogue is urgently needed