Police Scotland: Leaving the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

On 20 February 2023 the Daily Mail reported that Police Scotland had withdrawn from the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) scheme. The scheme is described by Stonewall as ‘the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian,…

MBM note to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee. 6 March 2023

This note provides a further update on our petition. We comment on recent responses to the Committee, submitted by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government, the Crown Office and Prosecution Service (COPFS). We also comment on the Bryson case, and its implications…

Briefing note on SPS Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment Policy

On Wednesday 22 February, the Scottish Parliament's Criminal Justice Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Keith Brown MSP and the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service Teresa Medhurst. In anticipation of that session, we have…

Lucy Hunter Blackburn: speech to the No Males in Female Jails demonstration, 9 February 2023

"One of the first times I spoke in public on women's rights was in June 2019, on this subject - what was happening in prisons in Scotland. I said then "I’ll start by making a general point, which is that…

Guest blog: does the Scottish Prison Service risk assessment for placing transgender prisoners protect women?

In the end, the only risk the SPS seems to be concerned about, was the risk to themselves. A guest blog by Dr Alessandra Asteriti Dr Alessandra Asteriti has an LLM and a PhD in international law from the University…

The SPS Equality Impact Assessment on its trans prisoner policy

This blog looks at the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) as part of developing its Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment policy. Background The SPS website lists all equality impact assessments (EQIA) they have carried…

Recording sex accurately in crime statistics: update on our petition to the Scottish Parliament

In light of the recent Graham/Bryson case, this blog updates the position on our petition calling on the Scottish Parliament: to urge the Scottish Government to require Police Scotland, the Crown Office and the Scottish Court Service to accurately record…

What does the Scottish Prison Service really think about the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

On 22 December 2022 the Scottish Parliament passed the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Bill amends the Gender Recognition Act 2004 for Scotland, allowing any person aged 16 years or over to change their legal sex based on a…