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News

News on events, campaigns and new information is included below. If you would like us to highlight anything in relation to women's rights contact us on frontlinefeministsscotland@gmail.com

Frontline Feminists Scotland have signed, in conjunction with 13 other feminists activists group, a statement in response to the Scottish Government intentions for gender reform.

This statement has been issued by 14 Scottish grassroots feminist and women’s rights organisations in response to the Scottish Government’s announcement that it intends to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA)[1]. The First Minister offered an assurance that this new legislation will “not… remove any of the legal protections women currently have”. We welcome that commitment to women’s sex-based rights. However a central feature of the proposed Bill is the introduction of sex self-ID and we do not believe that this can be compatible with the retention of existing women’s rights and protections under the Equality Act 2010. We use the term sex self-id instead of gender self-id because the most significant aspect of obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC) is that it allows people to engage in the legal fiction that they have become a member of the opposite sex, despite the biological impossibility of such an action. This contributes to widespread confusion, which makes it increasingly difficult to name, define or identify women, or to protect our single-sex spaces. We therefore call on all MSPs to reject this Bill in its entirety.

#HerWordsAreValid

Women are concerned.

We are concerned about the impact gender reform in Scotland will have on women's sex based rights, including their safety and recovery from male violence and abuse.

Specifically we are concerned that;

male bodied transgender women, who are convicted offenders, will be housed in women's prisons.
Self ID included in gender reform will reduce the ability of workers in the violence agianst women sector to risk assess male bodied people approaching their services.
Data collection will be near impossible if we do not include biological sex in data collection.
Government legislation and attached policy will not only what we should not say, to avoid offending people or inciting violence, but also what we MUST say.

Women's voices are being silenced when they are raising their concerns about the rights of women.

We believe all of these concerns are valid. Even if Scotland's First Minister does not.

We are therefore launching our latest campaign #HerWordsAreValid. this will amplify women's voices and concerns in relation to women's rights.

These will be the voices of women from all walks of life. To contribute your words or the words of other women email us on frontlinefeministsscotland@gmail.com or tag us in your social media.

Frontline Feminists Scotland Statements

Launch Statement

Opening statement of Frontline Feminists Scotland

Maya Forstater Statement

Frontline Feminists Scotland statement regarding the Maya Forstater ruling.

International Day Against Human Trafficking

Frontline Feminists Scotland statement on International Day Against 

Human Trafficking.

Our support for Murray Blackburn Mackenzie's petition

Read our submission supporting progress of PE18776/A - Accurately record

the sex of people charged or convicted of rape or attempted rape.

Statement on inclusion of GRA in Programme for Government

Frontline Feminists Scotland are extremely concerned at the First Minister’s

statement yesterday, (8th Sept 2021) that Gender Recognition Reform will progress

through the first year of this Parliament.

Campaigns

Support Marion Miller

Marion Millar is a mother, an accountant and a feminist from Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

On 28th April she received a phone call from a police constable. Citing the Malicious Communications Act, the officer demanded that Marion attend a police interview in two days time over ‘homophobic and transphobic tweets’. She still does not know which offending tweet or tweets have necessitated police intervention.

Read more and sign the petition here Petition In support of Marion Millar (ipetitions.com)

Consultations

Human Rights Commission Strategic plan

The Commission is currently running an open public consultation on their proposals for 2022-25. HRC want to hear from stakeholders, relevant organisations and people interested in their work in England, Scotland and Wales.

Our strategic plan for 2022 to 2025: have your say | Equality and Human Rights Commission (equalityhumanrights.com)

Glasgow City Council - Sexual Entertainment Venues

GCC is consulting on their Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy. Read Isabelle's blog on our website for more information that reflects our concerns about this policy.

Glasgow City Council (glasgowconsult.co.uk)

Events