Public Sector Equality Duty #AsktheMinister

On Thursday 6/12/18 the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee met with Christina McKelvie MSP , the Minister for Older People and Equalities for an ask-the-Minister session. In the week or so leading up to this session the Committee had taken the move to ask members of the public via Twitter and Facebook for … Continue reading Public Sector Equality Duty #AsktheMinister

Scottish Prison Service Policy written by trans lobby group

There was an article in The Times Scotland about 'Women are being put in danger because Scottish prison chiefs allow male-bodied transgender inmates to live in female-only areas of jails, campaigners have warned' which stated - "Scottish Trans Alliance did not respond to a request for comment last night. However the org has previously defended … Continue reading Scottish Prison Service Policy written by trans lobby group

Controversial LGBT school guidance which discards single sex spaces and sports

Government funded school guidance has been issued across Scotland, endorsed by Children's Commissioner, charities, LA's etc which discards the need for single sex spaces/sports No Equality Impact Assessments were carried out, neither by the organisations who compiled the guidance nor the Local Authorities who have distributed it amongst their schools. As a mother of daughters … Continue reading Controversial LGBT school guidance which discards single sex spaces and sports

#AsktheMinister

On Thursday 6th December 2018 the Equalities and Human Rights Committee will take evidence from Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities. The Committee used Facebook and Twitter to request questions from the public, a selection of which will be put to her. Here are the questions I asked via my Twitter Account @Scottish_Women … Continue reading #AsktheMinister

Census Bill to change question on Sex to Gender Identity

The Govt want to make amendments to the Census by adding in questions on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. This means a change in legislation is needed. Some questions are voluntary and some required with threat of penalty if unanswered. The Sexual Orientation question will be voluntary, just like the question on religion is. However, … Continue reading Census Bill to change question on Sex to Gender Identity

Letter to MSP about Anti-Bullying policy

Dear I am concerned about the recent media reporting of the increase of sexual harassment and sexual violence occurring within schools, not only in Scotland but across the U.K.. In 2016 both the Scottish and U.K. Governments held inquiries into the sexual harassment of children in school which revealed an alarming, epidemic rise of incidents. … Continue reading Letter to MSP about Anti-Bullying policy

Transgender groups lobby Government to change the Equality Act 2010

Trans groups are simultaneously lobbying the UK Government to change the protected characteristics and scrap single sex provisions within the Equality Act 2010 AND being funded by the Scottish Government to develop guidance and deliver training to policy makers, organisations and service providers. Can anyone see that there might be some conflict here? We already … Continue reading Transgender groups lobby Government to change the Equality Act 2010