Letter to Shona Robison on women’s ability to set boundaries based on sex

Yesterday we joined 28 other individuals and organisations, including many with backgrounds in campaigning on women’s rights and delivering services for women who have experienced male violence, in writing to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Reem Alsalem,…

GRA reform and the Equality Act: “not a single person who votes for that Bill will be able to say that they were not warned”

Yesterday, 4 October 2022, Lucy gave a presentation at an online seminar held by Woman's Place UK, A Woman's Place Is Working, on the importance of resolving the relationship between the Equality Act 2010 and the Gender Recognition Act 2004,…

The thin blue line: What inadequate protection for freedom of expression means in practice

This blog summarises why the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill needs to provide clearer protection for freedom of expression than is currently proposed by the Scottish Government. Some commentators have suggested that the Bill will criminalise making basic…

Response to emergency consultation on protection of freedom of expression in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Our response to the Justice Committee's emergency consultation on freedom of expression in Bill is provided below. A PDF version of the briefing can be downloaded here. The Issue Our concern is whether the law will provide a clear point…

Freedom of expression protection in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: the doors are still closed

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill extends the existing offence of "stirring up hatred" in relation to race, to a wider range of characteristics. As described here, the Justice Committee agreed with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on…

Legislating for hatred against women: the view from the coalface

This blog may be accessed as a briefing here The omission of ‘sex’ as a protected characteristic is a key area of contention in the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which is currently making its way through…