Women’s rights: cross party concern and Conservative electioneering

On Monday 11 July Merched Cymru and LGB Alliance Cymru were honoured to attend a cross-party event in the House of Lords, celebrating the vital importance of free speech. We were delighted to talk to MPs, including our own Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower) and Alex Davies-Jones (Pontypridd), Rosie Duffield, and Joanna Cherry, and meet in person many of the women we admire.

We couldn’t help contrasting the welcome and open discussion we enjoyed to the stonewalling we experience from the Senedd. Take note, please, Mark Drakeford, Hannah Blythyn, Jeremy Miles and other Senedd Members. The rest of the country is waking up to the importance of open debate and Wales risks being left behind in a quagmire of its own making. Continue reading “Women’s rights: cross party concern and Conservative electioneering”

The Forstater Judgment: implications for Wales

This is a landmark decision. Gender Critical beliefs are protected characteristic. Those who hold and express those beliefs are protected from discrimination. It is a comprehensive reminder of the liberal principles of freedom of speech and thought that underpin our democracy.

Maya Forstater has also achieved protections for those with whom she disagrees. Belief in Gender Theory is also recognised as a protected characteristic. This is not a judgment ‘against’ those who believe in Gender Theory; it is a judgment that protects them, just as it protects people who are Gender Critical.

As Peter Daly – one of Maya Forstater’s legal team – suggests, the significance of this judgment is difficult to overstate. Continue reading “The Forstater Judgment: implications for Wales”