Author: Kath Murray • Page 3
The erosion of single-sex hospital accommodation in Scotland
Outcry at failure to end mixed sex hospital wards ALMOST nine months after the Scottish Executive promised there would be no mixed sex wards in hospitals it emerged yesterday...
3rd December 2022
How strong are the Scottish Government safeguarding amendments?
At Stage 2 of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, the Scottish Government accepted that attaching a criminal offence to making a false declaration is not a watertight deterrent...
2nd December 2022
‘There’s no evidence’: a titanic error
This blog considers a statement made by the Director of Stonewall Scotland on 28 November in which he suggested questions for MSPs considering the current Gender Recognition Reform Bill....
30th November 2022
Lisa Mackenzie: speech at rally outside HMP Cornton Vale, 26 November 2022
In April 2012, I began a new job working for the Howard League for Penal Reform. In my first week, I attended the launch of the report of the...
26th November 2022
Passport control: checking the argument for self-declared gender recognition certificates
At Stage 2 of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill Scottish Labour MSP Michael Marra lodged two amendments that sought to align the process for obtaining a gender recognition...
19th November 2022
Women, sex and the Equality Network: lifting the fig leaf
Discussion on the relationship between the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill and the Equality Act has largely focused on the law as it is. This blog looks instead at...
17th November 2022
Statutory declarations and even muddier waters
In rebutting criticism of its proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 the Scottish Government has placed considerable weight on the provision that requires applicants to make a...
15th November 2022
Setting the minimum age for a GRC: a question of responsibility
One of the most contested issues in relation to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill concerns the proposal to lower the minimum age for acquiring a Gender Recognition Certificate...
8th November 2022
Amending the Gender Recognition Reform Bill: how to clarify the relationship with the Equality Act 2010
Introduction In the Stage 1 debate on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, which took place on 27 October, several MSPs raised the need to clarify the relationship between...
31st October 2022
Still no answers
We are aware that women are writing to their eight MSPs to ask about their position on gender recognition reform ahead of this Thursday’s Stage 1 debate. This blog...
25th October 2022