Open letter to City of Edinburgh Council

To City of Edinburgh Council In response to a Freedom of Information request City of Edinburgh Council referenced regulations 15/16 of The School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1967, which states that the Sanitary Accommodation's for pupils are to be split half for boys and half for girls. This applies for both WC’s … Continue reading Open letter to City of Edinburgh Council

Open letter to East Renfrewshire Council

Dear East Renfrewshire Council Regulations 15 & 16 of The School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1967 state that the Sanitary Accommodations for pupils are to be split half for boys and half for girls, this applies for both WC’s and wash areas. The Regulations make no reference to unisex or ‘gender neutral’ … Continue reading Open letter to East Renfrewshire Council

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

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