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New crowdfunder: Keeping sight of women’s rights in policy and law

Over the past two and a half years, we have researched and written about women’s sex-based rights and gender self-identification across different areas of public policy in the UK. We engage regularly with key decision makers and, within a short period of time, have established a strong record of impact based on careful research and analysis.

Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation: update (18 August 2020)

Many thanks for taking the time to speak to us last week, and updating us on the criminal justice statistics review. Thanks too for talking us through OSR’s proposed statement regarding the collection of data on sex and gender identity. We have had time to reflect on our discussion and write now with some further comments on both topics...

Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation (22 June 2020)

This letter may also be downloaded here 22 June 2020 DearWe would like to raise our formal concerns about the reliability of some of the statistics published in 'Criminal Proceedings in Scotland'. [1] This is a National Statistics for Scotland publication, which we understand means that it should meet identified user needs, are produced, managed…

MBM response to the UK Statistics consultation on inclusive data (26 March 2021)

(Sent by email, 26 March 2021) Dear Sir/Madam, Since 2018 we have undertaken extensive research and analysis on data collection in relation to sex and gender identity. Our work includes both oral and written evidence to the Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s census, a peer-reviewed publication that traced the development of ‘self-identification’ guidance on the sex…

The exclusion of sex and extension of stirring up hatred (Stage 1 debate briefing) (December 2020)

This briefing can also be accessed here Introduction This briefing was prepared for the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex from the hate crime protected characteristics, and aspects of the extension of the offence of stirring up hatred. Part…

Supplementary evidence on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: the meaning of transphobia (November 2020)

This blog can be accessed as a briefing here Background On 29 November 2020 we submitted supplementary evidence to the Justice Committee in the light of (a) an open letter currently circulating which has been signed by a number of parliamentarians and others (b) the Cabinet Secretary’s comments at the Justice Committee hearing on 24…

The ‘ordinary meaning’ of words: a reassurance that does not reassure (November 2020)

This blog may be downloaded as a briefing here 1. Background Discussing the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at the Justice Committee on 24 November, the Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf argued that he did not think a person would be committing a criminal offence in stating that sex is immutable (or arguing that ‘woman’…

Stage 1 questions for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice (September 2020)

This blog can be downloaded as a briefing here Background The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee began consideration of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 on Tuesday 27 October, and took evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Justice. This note sets out twelve questions to which we suggested MSPs seek answers from the Minister.…

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