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…

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…

Letter to Scotland’s Chief Statistician on the Working group on sex and gender identity in data (20 January 2020)

20 January 2020 Dear Roger,Thank you for meeting us last week to discuss our views on sex and gender data, and your plans for making recommendations for Ministers. We appreciated your willingness to hear our concerns, which we are now writing to place on the record.We would like to reiterate our view that biological sex…

Letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: MBM position on data collection (11 September 2019)

Our letter can also be downloaded here 11 September 2019 Dear Committee Members, We have been made aware of a letter co-signed by a number of LGBT organisations in relation to the sex question in the census that ascribes certain views to us, as based on a recent article published in the journal Scottish Affairs.…

Letter to the CTEEA Committee: key issues on the census sex question (11 September 2019)

11 September 2019 Dear Committee Members, We note that as part of its preparation for the 2021 Scotland census, National Records of Scotland (NRS) are planning to commission testing which looks at the effect of offering different forms of accompanying guidance for the sex question. The guidance is important because this has the effect of…

Letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: EU legislation on the census (7 October 2019)

Our letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: EU legislation on the census can be downloaded here. 7 October 2019 Dear Committee Members, We would like to draw to your attention to EU legislation on the 2021 census that we think may be of relevance to your ongoing scrutiny of the census…

Chief Statistician’s Working Group on sex and gender identity data

In December 2020 the Scottish Government published the Chief Statistician’s draft guidance on the collection of data on sex and gender for public bodies. The draft guidance advises that public organisations should not ask questions about biological sex, except where relevant to medical treatment, while ‘legal sex’ should only be collected ‘in a small number…

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