MBM activity report: December 2020 to May 2021

The report on our activity for the six month period from December 2020 to May 2021 can be downloaded here 31 May 2021 Hate crime A substantial proportion of our time was spent scrutinising the Scottish Government’s controversial Hate Crime…

Review of party manifesto commitments relating to women’s sex-based rights

Against a backdrop of active debate about women’s sex-based rights, this blog reviews the manifestos for the five parties represented in the last Scottish Parliament, as well as those we could find for the other eight parties which are standing…

ForWomenScotland legal challenge to Gender Representation on Public Boards Act: putting the case in context

ForWomenScotland (FWS) announced earlier this week that they are seeking leave to appeal against the judgement in their case against the Scottish Government. Just as the Scottish Parliament went into recess for the election, Lady Wise found that the Scottish…

Closed doors and closing down debate: policy capture in the Hate Crime Bill

The Stage 3 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 10 March. The Bill has had an exceptionally difficult passage to date, prompting criticism from a range of organisations,…

ONS guidance for the sex question in the 2021 census in England and Wales

The next census in England and Wales will take place on 21 March 2021. For the past few years, both expert data users and feminist groups have been taking a close interest in the sex question and how this is…

MBM submission to Law Commission on hate crime laws in England and Wales

[This submission can also be downloaded as a briefing note.] We welcome the opportunity to respond to the Commission’s consultation on hate crime legislation in England and Wales. Our response draws on our scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft Hate…

Briefing for Stage 1 debate: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have prepared a briefing for MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which will take place on Tuesday 15 December. Our briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex…

Losing sight of women’s rights (again): A response to Cowan et al.

In August 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Scottish Affairs published our article ‘Losing Sight of Women’s Rights: the unregulated introduction of gender self-identification as a case study of policy capture in Scotland’, which considered how gender self-identification principles have become embedded…

Letter from Sir Bernard Silverman to Sir Ian Diamond (30 October 2020)

Letter sent by Sir Bernard Silverman, Chair of the Methodological Assurance Review Panel for the 2021 Census to Sir Ian Diamond, ONS National Statistician on Friday 30 October 2020. Copied to the signatories of this letter to Sir Bernard, and…

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