We started Woman’s Place UK in September 2017 to ensure women’s voices would be heard in the Government consultation on proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act. We had 5 demands.
Thanks to the support and actions of thousands of people across the UK, our campaign has had a significant impact on the Gender Recognition Act reform debate as well as raising awareness of how self-ID dismantles the laws and protections designed to promote safety and equality for women and girls.
However, the debate has exposed the poor state of women’s rights in the UK. We are therefor compelled to develop a broader campaign on the foundations we have built. Whilst we will keep up the pressure on the government around the GRA, and on councils, institutions and organisations to uphold equality law this collective action must be translated into positive social change for women and girls. There are other battles we need to fight too.
This New Year’s Eve, we resolve to broaden our campaign with our new 5 demands:
1. Women have a right to self-organise
Women have a right to self-organisation, to speak and to be heard free from fear of abuse, threat or vilification in public and political discourse and in academia. This should be actively facilitated by those with civic or legal responsibility for promoting equality.
Watch the film of Ruth Serwotka at the launch of our New Year Resolutions
2. The law must work for women
The law must be strengthened to ensure that all women who want or need single sex spaces (including toilets, health provision accommodation, prisons, sports, sexual and domestic violence services) are able to access them without resorting to extraordinary measures. Service providers should be supported in offering such services through legal and financial means and clear guidance must be issued on the exercising of such rights.
Watch Lucy Masoud at the launch of our New Year Resolutions
3. An end to violence against women
Government must make the end to male violence against women and girls a priority. Sustainable funding for independent women-led services for women subjected to VAWG must be fully resourced by central government alongside the implementation of statutory relationships and sex education in all schools.
Watch Karen Ingala Smith at the launch of our New Year Resolutions
4. Nothing about us without us
All organisations, committees and politicians speaking on issues of material concern to women to demonstrate that they have widely consulted the women they represent and serve and that such consultation informs their action and their policies.
Watch Kiri Tunks at the launch of our New Year Resolutions
5. Sex matters
Rigorous collection and analysis of sex-based data and high-quality research must be central to the development of any services, policies or actions which address women’s needs or which challenge sex discrimination and inequality.
Watch the film of Philipa Harvey at the launch of our New Year Resolutions
Read the statement from Raquel Rosario Sanchez which was read out at the meeting.
We will continue to organise public meetings and work to make sure women’s voices are heard in all matters of concern to them.
Thank you for everything you have done to build the campaign in 2018.
Wishing all of us the best for 2019.
We believe that it is important to share a range of viewpoints on women’s rights and advancement from different perspectives. WPUK does not necessarily agree or endorse all the views that we share.