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?

Sexual Harassment & Sexist Bullying of schoolgirls excluded from Anti-Bullying guidance

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 Sexual Harassment & Sexist Bullying of schoolgirls excluded from Anti-Bullying guidance

Gender Representation Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 #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 Gender Representation Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 #AsktheMinister

Trans Lobby Groups tactics for changing legislation

The Trans Lobby Groups tactics for changing legislation, policies, guidance and practice has pretty much been consistent in recent years when you start to look back over everything they've been successful in changing. There's only two and they are really very simple. #1 We are already doing it #2 It won't make a difference to … Continue reading Trans Lobby Groups tactics for changing legislation

Census Bill Written Submission

I welcome the proposal to amend the 2021 Census to enable data to be collected on Sexual Orientation and Trans, however clarity and further public consultation is required before the term ‘Gender Identity’ is written into any legislation. The Explanatory Notes accompanying the Bill state - “Sex already includes the gender with which a person … Continue reading Census Bill Written Submission

U-turn on controversial LGBT school guidance

Scottish Government have done a U-turn and no longer endorse this controversial transgender school guidance. This guidance has been distributed across all Local Authorities, many of which presumably adopted it on the understanding it had full Government backing. The statement came as a result of threatened legal action over the guidance. The govt deny ever … Continue reading U-turn on controversial LGBT school guidance