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April 2021: Press Release – NGO CSW must reinstate wrongly removed WHRC exhibit hall and booth

[Download PDF copy here.] WHRC was delighted to be involved in NGO CSW65 in March 2021. Attended by around 25,000 people from all over the world, the event was the ideal place for WHRC to promote our Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights, which campaigns against the replacement of sex with ‘gender identity’ on the grounds that it undermines women and girls’ rights. Our webinar, recorded during the event, featured women from across the globe sharing their evidence of the harms that ‘gender identity’ ideology has caused in their country. It is available on our YouTube site here.

On 26 March 2021 the exhibit booth and handbook advert of WHRC for NGO CSW65 were removed from the NGO CSW65 forum virtual platform. We paid $1000 and $500 respectively for these, a considerable outlay for an organisation funded entirely by donations. We were informed that our removal was because Jo Brew, WHRC co-ordinator had ‘disrupted discussion’ during an event and made ‘offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, political affiliation, age, race, national and/or ethnic origin, immigration status, language, religion, or indigeneity’.

WHRC co-ordinator, Jo Brew, contests this, “My only comment in chat during the whole event was that the opening meeting was inspiring and that I was looking forward to the NGO CSW65,” she said. “It is therefore impossible for me to have done the things that the NGO CSW/NY says that I have. Chat transcripts from conference events would confirm this.”

Furthermore, seven women from WHRC were removed without warning from the Joyful Disruption on 26 March. They received emails to say they had been removed for ‘sustained disruption’ but had not disrupted anything or broken any of the stated “safety” guidelines.

WHRC have asked the NGO CSW/NY to reinstate the advert and exhibit hall booth, but have received no response to a series of emails.

For more information contact WHRC press officer at [email protected]

January 2021 - read the WHRC submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act here.

In the UK there is no "gender identity" law.

WHRC statement: The Women’s Human Rights Campaign welcomes the news, reported in the Sunday Times on 14 June 2020, that the UK government has shelved plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act to allow self-identification of sex. We ask that it continue to listen to grass-roots women’s organisations as it reaffirms its commitment to single sex spaces as set out in the 2010 Equality Act and investigates the role of heavily funded lobbying organisations such as Stonewall in contributing to the unauthorised replacement of the protected characteristic of sex with “gender identity” throughout public life.

14 June 2020 - UK government to scrap proposed changes to the GRA which would allow self-ID. Plans are also likely to include national guidelines on provision of women-only spaces and safeguards put in place to bolster the 2010 Equality Act on single-se provision. The government also seeks to prevent children under 18 from accessing any treatment that would permanently alter their bodies. Article in The Sunday Times here.

The current age to access medical treatment without the consent of a parent or public authority is 16 in Scotland, 17 in England and 18 in Wales.

Latest news:

The UK government halts plans to alter the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to make it easier to change gender. Times article here.

Verdict in Harry Miller case - February 2020 - police found to have acted unlawfully over "transphobic" tweets. Article here.

Kate Scottow found guilty of sending "transphobic" tweets. Article here.

Maya Forstater loses employment tribunal. Tribunal finds that belief in biological sex is not "worthy of respect in a democratic society". Article here.

Click here to read a recent blog from think tank Murray Blackburn Mackenzie: "Gender recognition reform in Belgium: Lessons for Scotland"

Click here to read an excellent article containing up-to-date info on sex-based rights.

Click here to read a summary of the current situation in the UK from Feminist Current.