Gender recognition reform: are women’s concerns valid?

In an interview on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland on 10 September, the First Minister stated that women’s concerns about GRA reform were “not valid” and that it “does not change in any way, shape or form any legal…

Gender recognition reform and international developments

The current reliance on 'international developments' in relation to gender recognition reform is under-researched and misplaced. The Scottish Government needs to look much more critically at the precedents legislated for in other countries and to consider how gender self-declaration laws…

MBM statement on Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement on GRA reform

“The consultation on the previous draft Bill raised serious questions that currently remain unanswered. These include a failure to address the interaction between self-declaration and the operation of single-sex exemptions under the Equality Act 2010, and a failure to define…

Missing data, cost cutting, and delayed publication

The Scottish Government has now published the independent analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. In total 17,058 responses were available for analysis, the vast majority submitted by individuals (16,843), with a…

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…

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.

Our view on sex, gender identity and policy-making

We recognise that both sex and self-identified gender may be relevant to people‘s lived experiences, and believe that public authorities need to ensure that the interests of everyone are balanced fairly, in the least discriminatory way possible.To achieve this, public policy-making needs to recognise the importance of sex as a protected characteristic under the Equality…

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