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Statement on Women and Equalities Questions, 22 July 2020

Today, the last day of this sitting before the summer recess, there were questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss. It had previously been said that a statement would come before the recess, responding to the GRA consultation. This did not happen, but questions alluded to that and related issues. Ms Truss’s

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Women Uniting media statement: Are women not extraordinary?

Are media outlets continuing to ignore women led organisations in favour of those led by men? Last Friday (19th June), several news outlets, including the BBC and the Independent, gave prominent coverage to the formation of a cross party political group, representing a number of political LGBT+ groups, calling it ‘an extraordinary move’. Members of the

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Govt commitment to women’s sex-based rights welcomed

Labour women say Government move supports proposal in Labour Manifesto – and urge Labour leadership to listen to women before responding. Full statement below… The Labour Women’s Declaration Working Group, on behalf of our nearly-5,000 signatories, welcomes the trailed forthcoming announcement of the Conservative government to abandon plans for new gender recognition legislation (as reported in

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We stand with J K Rowling

It has been difficult to persuade some people, including the Labour Party leadership, to listen to concerns about women’s sex-based issues. The nearly 5,000 signatories of the Labour Women’s Declaration, the women’s pledge signatories of other political parties, and people in many other group and individual contexts, have been patiently working to explain why biological

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Our letters to Keir Starmer

Back in April we wrote to new Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer to raise the issue of women’s sex-based rights and offer him a briefing on the subject. To date, we’ve received no response. This is our follow up letter – sent to him by email on 9th June. (As you can see it’s

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Letter to Women and Equalities Minister Liz Truss

Under the banner of Women Uniting, Labour Women’s Declaration group has joined with all the other political party women’s pledge groups, plus Fair Play For Women and FiLiA, in signing a letter to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss. It comes in response to a commitment she made, as part of giving evidence

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Scottish gender recognition reform bill consultation

The Scottish Government, back in December 2019, set out plans to amend the Gender Recognition Act in the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill . The proposals would allow any man to ‘self declare’ or ‘self identify’ himself to be a woman – and would not require any medical treatment or surgery, or even any change in

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Press release: Women’s rights rally targeted

Women’s rights rally targeted PRESS RELEASE – issued 11th March 2020 London: Masked protestors let off flares and intimidate attendees  A women’s rights rally, held at a venue adjacent to the Grenfell Tower Memorial Wall, has been disrupted by masked protestors who let off flares. Attendees thought that smoke bombs had been thrown and said

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Activists refute accusations of transphobia

PRESS RELEASE –  issued 12th February 2020 Thousands tweet #expelme in support of women’s rights and free speech Women members of the Labour Party have hit back at claims that campaigning for women’s rights is ‘transphobic’. The women are part of the same group which launched the Labour Women’s Declaration (LWD), which quickly gained almost 3,500

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Labour activists launch declaration on women’s sex-based rights

Labour activists launch declaration on women’s sex-based rights This article originally appeared in The Morning Star on 11th November 2019 Three hundred Labour party activists and supporters including three MSPs and 24 Labour councillors have launched a declaration on women’s sex-based rights – and are calling for more signatories. The declaration, which is being made

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