My written submission to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 15 May 2022.
Why is Caroline Nokes pushing so hard against current Government policy?
Today’s* bill is as bad as feared
Sophie Grace Chappell and Debbie Hayton
The Gender Recognition Act was debated by Sophie Grace Chappell (SGC) and Debbie Hayton (DH) on Mornings with Kaye Adams (KA). BBC Radio Scotland, Monday 21 February 2022.
If anyone can change their legal sex – just because they want to – then what it means to be a woman becomes no more than a feeling in a man’s head. No wonder that a growing number of women are concerned about the Scottish Government’s proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
The Council of Europe is peddling a fantasy
When it gathered in Strasbourg on Tuesday* to condemn “the extensive and often virulent attacks on the rights of LGBTI people”, the Council of Europe singled out a small collection of the most inhospitable countries. It contained the usual suspects — Russia, Turkey, Poland, Hungary — but also a more surprising addition: the United Kingdom.
The UK has left the European Union, but we remain a member of the Council of Europe. The CoE is an older and larger organisation — hence the inclusion of Russia and Turkey — and is built around the European Convention on Human Rights. This week’s meeting revealed just how empty some of those human rights have become.
The Women and Equalities Select Committee have just published another report into the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act. The inquiry was launched in October 2020, and written submissions were collected over a year ago. Oral evidence was heard in the early part of this year, but the committee waited until four days before Christmas – in the midst of another Covid storm – to share their findings.