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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There’s been an outbreak of slates… Read about them here.
Ask your MP to support women and VOTE FOR the Sexual Exploitation Bill
– Deadline FRIDAY, 5th February 2021
Dame Diana Johnson MP has introduced a Sexual Exploitation Bill into the UK Parliament. If passed, this would establish a Nordic Model approach to prostitution law and policy in England and Wales.
If you live in the UK, please contact your MP to ask them to support women and vote for this Bill. The campaign group Nordic Model Now! has provided information on how to do this, including a 2-minute tool to send a template email.
If you live in Scotland, it is likely that SNP MPs will abstain from voting on the Bill due to a general principle of the SNP not voting on issues that only affect England and Wales. However, prostitution legislation and policy in any part of the UK will affect all the other parts, and Scotland has recently had its own public consultation on prostitution. Therefore it is important that we take this opportunity to show that there is considerable support for the Nordic Model in Scotland as well.
CAPTURED! The Full Story Behind
The Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy
– Report from Transgender Trend on how UK professional counselling bodies were hijacked by an unaccountable activist network
Hate Crime Schools Guidance from Crown Prosecution Service
has been permanently withdrawn
– Safe Schools Alliance UK reports on the application for the Judicial Review of the CPS participating in Stonewall’s ‘Diversity Champions’ programme
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.
Next in court…
11th and 12th February 2021
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.
Bill has just been introduced into the Scottish Parliament.
Engender had submitted a response to the consultation on this issue.
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.