Single Sex Service Provision

For women who experience male violence against women a sense of safety is essential to their recovery. It is only through recovery that women, and their children, can avoid and prevent further violence in the future.

For over 40 years single sex services have provided safe spaces for women and their children. These services are supported through the protected characteristic of sex in the Equality Act 2010.

This Act is essential not only to ensure that women are aware of who will be supporting them, but also know that their reality is understood by workers and women alike.

For women with little resources and options, this is essential. Although Women's services are available to all women, and women from across different income bases and backgrounds, are all at risk of male violence, it is those with the least that are more likely to use services, and for longer periods of time.

Single Sex Services for women therefore are a working class issue.

We welcome the guidance released by the EHRC regarding single sex provision, which can be read here. 

Our statement on the EHRC guidance.


Following our 30 minute meeting with the Gender Recognition Unit, without the Minister, we have now forwarded them our CEDAW report. We will be using CEDAW's human rights approach to monitor the legislative and cultural impact of any gender reform in Scotland.

Below is our letter to the GRU unit following our meeting and the CEDAW report.


Frontline Feminists Scotland's response to the Women's Aid in England statement.


Don't just rage, write!
Postcard campaign

Frontline Feminists Scotland launches a postcard campaign to raise awareness of the potential impact of gender reform in Scotland.

We recognise the need for gender reform to ensure the rights of the transgender community are realised. This however should not be at the expense of women’s sex-based rights, as protected by the Equality Act 2010.

We have chosen 2 statements for the campaign

“Rape is not a woman’s crime”. This postcard aims to highlight the risk if data on gender, rather than sex, is collected. It will be impossible to identify who is committing crime. It also increases risk to both the emotional and physical safety of women prisoners. In the last 18 months, 12 transgender women have been housed in female prisons. (Twelve trans sex offenders moved to women’s prisons in Scotland over past 18 months — RT UK News). If all of these offenders were included in crime statistics as women we would see a significant increase in “women” sex offenders. Only 1.5% if all sexual offenders are women. This would have an impact on public perception of risk and would influence strategic and policy decision making, as well as the development of service provision.

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‘By women for women’ Why we need single-sex violence against women services in Scotland A research and policy briefing by Dr Anni Donaldson

Union members

Frontline Feminists Scotland values the role of Unions in our society. Many of our members are also members of a Union and often look to them for guidance and support in our many roles in our communities.


Today we reach out to the membership Unions to support the voices of the vital violence against women and children services to be heard in the debate regarding single sex service provision, as protected by the Equality Act 2010.

Please find below a motion template for Union members to take to their Branches to ensure the continued union support for vital services for women and children who have experienced violence and abuse.

Legal Information

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Download the Equality Act 2010 here

Equality Act 2010: guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Sex Matters - Are Single Sex Services Legal

This document outlines the legal situation for single sex service provision.

Are single-sex services legal? — Sex Matters (sex-matters.org)

Scottish Sisters and the Struggle for Funding

Frontline Feminists Scotland join our sisters from Lanarkshire to look at the challenges to providing single sex services in Scotland. #143 Scottish Sisters and the struggle for funding — FiLiA

Sister Organisations

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Fair Play For Women is a campaigning and consultancy group which raises awareness, provides evidence and analysis, and works to protect the rights of women and girls in the UK.

More Relevant Information

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MBM factcheck on claims made about women’s sex-based rights and gender recognition reform during the 2021 Holyrood election campaign

MBM factcheck on claims made about women’s sex-based rights and gender recognition reform during the 2021 Holyrood election campaign – MurrayBlackburnMackenzie

A Woman's Place is fighting for women's services: Shonagh Dillon (15 April 2021)
Dr Shonagh Dillon discusses at A Woman's Place her research on the  clash between transgender ideology and women's sex based rights analysing the direct impact on the MVAW sector.  

Nurses request that health and nursing organisations withdraw from Stonewall’s Diversity Championship Scheme
La Scapigliata gives excellent overview of the concerns of nurses in relation to women's health care and the impact of Stonewall's Diversity Championship Scheme. A must for any single sex service.
Nurses request that health and nursing organisations withdraw from Stonewall’s Diversity Championship Scheme – la scapigliata