Joint Statement in Response to the EHRC Intervention

Merched Cymru is one of twenty campaigning organisations to sign a joint statement in support of the EHRC’s recent interventions with the UK Government about conversion therapy and with the Scottish Government about proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act to allow self-ID.

We are pleased that the EHRC has demonstrated its commitment to balancing and protecting the human rights of all protected characteristics. Continue reading “Joint Statement in Response to the EHRC Intervention”

Ireland’s gender self-ID experiment must not be replicated in Wales

The dogged determination of our sisters in forwomen.scot has helped some Scottish politicians realise that women make up half their population and might not want to vote for those who intend to remove their sex-based rights. They also have a handful of outstanding female politicians who have continued to speak up in the face of threats of rape and death.

There is no equivalent voice in the Senedd. Female politicians will doubtless have registered the vicious abuse of Helen Mary Jones of Plaid Cymru – enabled by her party leader – for daring to know that men cannot become women – and fallen silent. But at least a lack of legislative powers means that we don’t have self-ID here in Wales. Yet. Continue reading “Ireland’s gender self-ID experiment must not be replicated in Wales”

Scotland has a party supporting women’s rights. What about Wales?

So we now have a political party that is explicitly supporting women’s sex-based rights. But only if you live in Scotland.

In Wales, Plaid Cymru intends to deny women those rights.

Their Manifesto is clear:

“We support the reform of the Gender Recognition Act to introduce a streamlined, demedicalised process based on self-declaration … We will seek the devolution of powers necessary to introduce this change and will uphold trans people’s right to continue to access services and facilities in accordance with their gender identity.”

This manifesto commitment misrepresents existing law. Under the Equality Act 2010 having the protected characteristic of ‘gender reassignment’ means that someone is quite rightly protected from harassment, unfair treatment and discrimination because they are trans. It does not mean that they have a right to use spaces, services and facilities designated for the opposite sex. Continue reading “Scotland has a party supporting women’s rights. What about Wales?”