A Woman’s Place is Speaking Out!
Public Meeting in Bristol
7pm Thursday 8 February 2018 (Venue to be announced)
Stephanie Davies-Arai Communication skills trainer and author of Communicating with Kids. Founder of TransgenderTrend, a group of parents based in the UK, who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose ‘gender non-conforming’ children as transgender.
Lynne Harne Academic and lesbian feminist activist, former Research and Policy Officer with Rights of Women. She is speaking on behalf of the Lesbian Rights Alliance concerned about the impact of current political and legislative developments on lesbian rights, freedoms and visibility.
Jo Bartosch Founder of Chelt Fems and now co-director of Critical Sisters, which exists to offer a platform to voices critiquing the twin man-made beliefs of gender and religion. She will talk about her journey from acceptance to alarm concerning gender identity legislation.
Judith Green Service user of single-sex provision for survivors. She is speaking on behalf of Woman’s Place UK which exists to promote women’s voices being heard and consulted on changes to legislation, and to retain, extend and strengthen exemptions in Equality law.
Chaired by Raquel Rosario Sanchez, Writer and Researcher. She specializes in ending male violence against women and girls and is currently pursuing a PhD with the Centre for Gender and Violence at the University of Bristol.
The meeting will discuss proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004.
In July the government announced a consultation on their proposal to ‘demedicalise’ the process of changing gender, so that people can self-identify as the gender they choose, without any need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
But what exactly is ‘gender’, and what will be the impact of self-identification on women and on women’s rights?
Will this reform spell the end to single sex spaces and the provision of single sex services, such as those provided by rape crisis centres and women’s refuges?
Will the changes make it harder to gather accurate data on the pay gap between men and women; on domestic violence against women; and on the health services women require?
Come and have your say on this controversial proposal.
Meeting hosted by Woman’s Place UK
The Woman’s Place UK Five Demands:
1. Respectful and evidence based discussion about the impact of the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act to be allowed to take place and for women’s voices to be heard;
2. The principle of women only spaces to be upheld – and where necessary extended.
3. A review of how the exemptions in the Equality Act which allow for single sex services or requirements that only a woman can apply for a job (such as in a domestic violence refuge) are being applied in practice;
4. Government to consult with women’s organisations on how self-declaration would impact on women only services and spaces;
5. Government to consult on how self-declaration will impact upon data gathering – such as crime, employment, pay, and health statistics – and monitoring of sex-based discrimination such as the gender pay gap.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
ID is required for each person attending and must match the name on the ticket.
There is no minimum age. Babes in arms are encouraged. Please consider the suitablity of the event if bringing children. No unaccompanied children.
What can I bring into the event?
For the security of all attendees, please don’t bring excessive belongings to the event. Bags may be searched.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email BristolWPUK@gmail.com
We aim to get back to you within 48 hours.
What’s the refund policy?
Tickets bought may be refunded up to seven days before the event. Organisers reserve the right to refund and cancel any tickets ordered. A collection will also be made to cover costs of the meeting.
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.