A Woman’s Place is at the Lectern
Public Meeting in Oxford
Friday 25 October 2019 (Venue to be announced)
Doors open at 6:30pm, for 7.00pm start.
We are delighted to be back in Oxford with such an esteemed panel who will focus on academic freedom and the current difficulties being experienced by women, in particular (see speaker details below).
About Woman’s Place UK
Woman’s Place UK was founded in September 2017 to ensure women’s voices would be heard in the consultation on proposals to change the Gender Recognition Act. We had 5 demands and we didn’t expect the campaign to last more than 3-4 months.
Thanks to the support and actions of thousands of people all over the UK we had a big collective impact on the debate and, while we don’t expect to hear the results of the consultation yet, we know that the government has heard the voices of thousands of women.
At the same time, the debate has exposed the poor state of women’s rights in the UK. We have decided therefore to develop a broader campaign on the foundations we have built.
We will keep up the pressure on the government around the GRA and on councils and organisations to uphold equality law.
But there are other battles we need to fight too.
So we have made some New Year Resolutions to help us broaden the campaign in 2019 and have published our Manifesto:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. Her research focuses on women, feminism and working-class life in modern Britain. She is the author of the bestseller The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 and the authorised biography of playwright Shelagh Delaney, Tastes of Honey.
Susan Matthews is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow. at Roehampton University. Susan Matthews writes for Transgender Trend and has contributed to two edited collections on the transgender child. She works on the history of gender and campaigns for better care of young people with gender dysphoria.
Raquel Rosario Sánchez (WPUK)is a writer, campaigner and researcher from the Dominican Republic. Her work focuses on ending male violence against girls and women. She is currently pursuing a PhD with the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol.
Allison Bailey (Chair) is a criminal defence barrister at Garden Court Chambers, London. She has nearly 20 years experience defending in cases of serious violence and complex organised crime. Allison has always supported the rights of gender-reassigned persons to live full lives, free from discrimination, however, she believes that in matters of public policy and law, including safeguarding and statistical gathering and analysis, biological reality must always come before gender identity.
Meeting hosted by Woman’s Place UK https://womansplaceuk.org/
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