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

Campaign Aims

I have written about a number of different topics that are impacting negatively on women and girls in Scotland and I've tried before to come up with a list that I could publish here but it always got too long. However, what I did come to realise was that they were all based around the … Continue reading Campaign Aims

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

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

Update: Reply from the Scottish Government

On 22/8/18 I met with Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. This meeting covered topics such as the review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, the increasing Sexual Harassment and sexist bullying of school girls and how it was not explicitly named within the National Anti-Bullying Approach: Respect For All, … Continue reading Update: Reply from the Scottish Government