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MBM Stage 3 Briefing on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

The effects of a Gender Recognition Certificate Since embarking on reform, the Scottish Government has refused to state its view on what getting a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) means under the law governing single-sex spaces and anti-discrimination protections for women.…

20 questions on GRA reform and gender self-declaration (revisited)

Over three years ago, in anticipation of a draft Bill on gender recogntion, we published a blog asking 20 questions on how the Scottish Government expected that a reformed GRA based on self-declaration would work in law, the evidence base…

‘At least as rigorous’? Does the ‘overseas track’ imply anything about the prospects for UK recognition of Scottish Gender Recognition Certificates?

The BBC recently reported that the UK Government may not recognise Gender Recognition Certificates (GRC) issued under the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, when passed. This would mean for example, that a GRC applicant in Scotland who was born in…

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,…

The erosion of single-sex hospital accommodation in Scotland

Outcry at failure to end mixed sex hospital wardsALMOST nine months after the Scottish Executive promised there would be no mixed sex wards in hospitals it emerged yesterday that there are still 34 wards where male and female patients are…