Event: Sex matters in a sexist society

Public meeting co-hosted by Labour Women’s Declaration and Labour Peer David Triesman during Labour Party conference week

Why does sex matter in a sexist society?

Join us in Brighton on Tuesday 28 September 2021 from 6 to 9pm for an evening of talks and discussions on women’s sex-based rights with Labour politicians and activists. Hear from those campaigning to retain and strengthen women’s rights across all sectors on why this is also a vital issue for the Labour Party. Support our freedom to discuss these issues in a respectful atmosphere. Click here to book.

The evening includes a special focus on girls and women’s right to participate in single-sex sport at all levels.

This will be the first opportunity for many Labour members and supporters to hear directly from the Labour Women’s Declaration and from our sister organisation, Lesbian Labour.

Labour Women’s Declaration supports the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to women’s sex-based rights as set out in the Equality Act 2010. Thousands of members have agreed with us and signed our Declaration:

Speakers confirmed so far include: 

Three Labour activists who are also leading researchers and academics on fairness for women in sport

  • Emma Hilton, Development Biologist, University of Manchester and Sex Matters;
  • Jon Pike, Philosopher, Open University Gender Critical Network;
  • Cathy Devine, Independent Researcher;

Plus speakers from the main campaigns within the Labour Party for women’s sex-based rights:

Chair: Ceri Williams, Labour Women’s Declaration Working Group.

Q and A with speakers and additional panel members including Labour MPs and peers.

Reception 8pm – 9pm: An opportunity to chat with other attendees and panel members.

The venue will be notified to attendees by email on the day – close to conference centre, wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs: labourwomensdeclaration@gmail.com

Covid safety: We are adhering to the venue’s capacity guidelines, seating will be well-spaced, an air filter will be in operation during the meeting, attendees are asked to wear masks at all times when possible, and we ask all attendees and stewards to do an LFT Covid test on the day.

Support the event: If anyone would like to add an extra donation, to help us cover costs, you can do this via ‘add-ons’ on the tickets page, whether you are attending or not.

We look forward to seeing you there!

(Image with many thanks to Sofia Luna)

What you can do to support our campaign

Announcement by Liz Truss on the Gender Recognition Act Consultation and Reform   

It is possible that an announcement will be made on 23rd September. When and if Liz Truss makes an announcement we will issue a statement in response which we will publish here on our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Actions we urge you to take right now!

  1. Use our briefing – speak to people– friends, family, colleagues, fellow Party and Trade Union members. Use our evidence based briefing discussions about the single sex exceptions and GRA reform. We prepared this briefing initially for MPs and Peers, but supporters have asked for copies to support them in their discussions with MPs and in their CLPs and Trade Unions. It has a useful executive summary for people in a hurry.

Read the executive summary and/or download a full copy here.

  1. Invite us to speak to your CLP or Women’s Forum – Email: labourwomensdeclaration@gmail.com.
  1. Do you live in a Labour constituency?
    In the past month we have sent a separate letter and our briefing to all female and then all male Labour MPs. If you would like to amplify our message by forwarding our letter and briefing with a personal note from you to your local MP, please email us at: labourwomensdeclaration@gmail.com.
  1. Are you voting in the Labour NEC Elections?
    In July, we wrote to the 124 candidates for the NEC elections who had supplied an email address, asking them three questions about where they stand on women’s sex-based rights. We have received 25 responses. Most have been positive and supportive of women’s sex-based rights, and several candidates have signed the Declaration as a result of us our approach. In fact more candidates have signed our Declaration than have signed the LCTR trans pledge which calls for the expulsion of party members who wish to discuss their concerns about sex-based rights. We are not publishing their replies in order to protect candidates, especially women, from the abuse which comes with standing up for women’s rights.
  1. Register for our first webinar – Tuesday 20 October 7.30 pm

“Labour Women’s Declaration – speaking up for women’s rights in the Labour Party”

Book your free place via Eventbrite here.

  1. Link up with other party members in your country or region.
    If you are not already in touch locally with other gender critical Labour Party members please email us with the name of your CLP, and we will try to put you in touch, in confidence, with others nearby.
  1. Take action in Scotland
    Our supporters in Scotland are involved with the excellent cross-party campaign For Women Scotland, and we are supporting their crowdfunder to take the SNP government to Judicial Review on its redefinition of the word woman. See here for our formal response to the consultation on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill and here for our response to the Scottish gender recognition reform bill consultation.
  1. Take action in Wales. In Wales, the devolved administration is led by Labour and our Welsh sisters are active in challenging the Welsh Government’s misunderstandings in relation to the concepts of sex and gender. For further information, please see the Lleisiau Merched Cymru Facebook page or email: lleisiaumerched@hotmail.com

YouTube channel & website launch

We’ve been quietly working away behind the scenes, adding our previous articles and press releases to our new website, ahead of it ‘going live’ today. Not only that, but we’ve also set up a Labour Women’s Declaration YouTube Channel.

Our first videos are from last month’s #ExpelMe Rally. Links to all these are below. (You can also read transcripts of some of the speeches here and find out about attempts to silence women attending the rally here).

So welcome to the website, thanks for reading and please share it (and our future posts) with those you think will be interested. Spreading the word is an important part of what the Declaration is about.

Visit the channel, via the links below, to hear from those who spoke at the event:

Mary Mason introduces the rally              Message from Johann Lamont MSP

Kiri Tunks of WPUK                                        Bev Jackson of LGB Alliance

Prof. Selina Todd                                              Lucy Masoud

Debbie Hayton                                                   Lachlan Stuart

Paul Embery                                                       Julie Bindel

  • Please spread the word by sharing the videos, and our website, on social media! You can also subscriber to our YouTube channel and this site. (There’s a form below for the latter – see bottom left.)