NACWG Plans to Legislate Candidate Quotas, but who are they targeting?

The First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) published their First Report and Recommendations today. It details what had been their focus in 2018 and by grouping the issues identified across three themes, Leadership, Accountability and Creating Conditions, have made the following recommendations. Leadership • Create a ‘What Works?’ Institute to develop … Continue reading NACWG Plans to Legislate Candidate Quotas, but who are they targeting?

CENSUS BILL – Who exactly is driving this change?

In October 2018 the Committee called for evidence in relation to the proposals outlined within the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, namely to introduce voluntary questions about gender identity and sexual orientation, and add a reference of “gender identity” to the mandatory Sex question within the schedule of matters of the census bill.  The Committee then … Continue reading CENSUS BILL – Who exactly is driving this change?

Edinburgh Schools Guidance

Implications of transgender schools guidance for female pupils Like many Scottish local authorities, the City of Edinburgh Council has an Equality, Diversity and Rights Framework. The current framework covers a four year period from 2017 to 2021. You can read or download this document here. Appendix 1 (p.8) lists Outcomes, Objectives, Actions and Measures that the … Continue reading Edinburgh Schools Guidance

Women’s Sport Information Sheet

There is a growing pattern amongst sporting institutes who are announcing they have a trans inclusive approach to participation in sports.  This extends to individuals who do not have legal recognition of their preferred sex.  There are many examples worldwide but I will limit examples below which directly affect Scotland. 1/ LGBT Youth Scotland guidance … Continue reading Women’s Sport Information Sheet

Prison Information Sheet

This Prison information sheet contains links to policies, media articles, legal findings and expert opinions. It may assist anyone who has concerns in this area and is wanting to raise them with their MSP for example. Please feel free to share its link with others. This is a link to the Scottish Prison Service Policy. … Continue reading Prison Information Sheet

What’s the priority, Gender or Sex?

In May 2018 the Scottish Government published their first 'Position Statement’ on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women Article I For the purposes of the present Convention, the term "discrimination against … Continue reading What’s the priority, Gender or Sex?

Councils’ ‘gender neutral’ school toilets ignore Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s call for a Human Rights approach

Last year the Scottish Government opened a public consultation for possible changes to the regulations that govern school toilets and many objections to the option of introducing gender neutral toilets were made. Strong calls from the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) emphasised the importance that "school toilet facilities (be) compliant with human rights … Continue reading Councils’ ‘gender neutral’ school toilets ignore Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s call for a Human Rights approach