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

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

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

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

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

Which Guidance?

Council states that the introduction of Gender Neutral toilets within its schools is 'in line with guidance from the Scottish Govt'. Which guidance would this be? The Regulations surrounding school toilets hasn't changed, so where does this guidance come from? Having realised that the Regulations hadn't changed I thought that Parents should write to the … Continue reading Which Guidance?