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MBM statement on Scotland’s Census 2022 sex question guidance

The National Records of Scotland has announced that the guidance to be published alongside the 2022 census questionnaire to help respondents complete the sex question will advise people that they can answer based on their self-defined gender identity. A copy…

What does the new coalition government mean for opposition party privileges in the Scottish Parliament?

As a party of government, the Scottish Green Party will now have access to the resources of the civil service, via two junior ministerial roles and two dedicated special advisers. The question now is whether the Scottish Green Party will lose their opposition party privileges.

Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey

Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey In a recent press article, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey police Lisa Townsend stated that police forces should collect data on both sex and…

Gender recognition reform: consultation and transparency

Gender recognition reform: consultation and transparency On 20 August 2021 the Scottish Government and Scottish Green Party published its Draft Shared Policy Programme. This stated: “We will reform the Gender Recognition Act in a Bill introduced in the first year…

MBM submission to the Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland Working Group

This submission can also be downloaded here Introduction During the passage of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021, we wrote extensively on the proposed legislation and provided both written and oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament. Our work in this area, including our full submission to…

Petition 1876: Next steps and further action needed

Petition 1876: Accurately record the sex of people charged or convicted of rape or attempted rape Our petition closed for signatories on  5 July, with 12,834 signatures. We are very grateful to all those who signed and shared it.  All material relating to the petition is now published here…

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...

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