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

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keeping-sight-of-womens-rights-in-policy-and-law Our background 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…

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

This letter may also be downloaded here By email 18 August 2020 DearMany 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…

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 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 and Public Order Bill, as it passed through the Scottish Parliament. Our primary concerns were…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing (September 2020)

This blog can be downloaded as a briefing here 1.       Introduction In April 2020 the Scottish Government published the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to consolidate existing hate crime legislation, introduce new protected characteristics, introduce new provisions for stirring up hatred for all characteristics, and abolish the common law offence of…

Opaque and overdue: the Scottish Prison Service trans prisoner policy review

Opaque and overdue: the Scottish Prison Service trans prisoner policy review This article, published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, looks at developments on the Scottish Prison Service trans prisoner policy review between December 2018 and December 2020. The article as follows: At the time of writing, the review process remains elusive. Indeed,…

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 statements about the nature of sex and gender identity, in ordinary language. The risks here…

The placement of trans prisoners

In response to a parliamentary question by Johann Lamont MSP on how acquisition of a gender recognition certificate (GRC) affects a prisoner’s legal rights in relation to accommodation, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice stated that ‘Acquiring a gender recognition certificate does not and will not give a prisoner any new legal rights’. Johann Lamont (Glasgow)…

MBM statement on recording in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

Recorded crime statistics allows stakeholders, policy-makers and researchers to analyse and monitor offending trends, develop our understanding of offending behaviours, and to target resources and services. To ensure these statistics are valid, reliable and consistent, the data criteria of what is being measured needs to be clearly defined. However, for the purposes of collecting data…

Recording sex in the criminal justice system: MBM letter to the National Advisory Council on Women & Girls

As part of the current NACWG spotlight on justice, we would like to draw your attention to a recent case which we think raises questions about how sex and gender are recorded within the criminal justice system, and reported by the media. In this case, a ten-year-old girl was physically assaulted by a seventeen-year-old [at…

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