The Problem with Prisons

In a devastating blow, The Divisional Court today ruled in FDJ v Secretary Of State For Justice that the Ministry of Justice’s policies in relation to the placement of high risk transgender women prisoners in the women’s prison estate are lawful. Ruling here The judge’s ruling will weigh heavily on the claimant, the 3400 women currently incarcerated in UK prisons, and the feminists and prison reformists that have been fighting for the rights of female prisoners. So what was t

Male rapists recorded as female

Today, The Times reports on an FOI submitted to the Scottish Government. Police Scotland said that if a rape or attempted rape was perpetrated by a “male who self-identifies as a woman . . . the male who self-identifies as a woman would be expected to be recorded as a female on relevant police systems.” This is not news. This is simply confirmation. This extraordinary assault on women's rights, without free consultation with us, or consideration of it's impact on us, is in ou

Why We Need A Caucus

When we can no longer talk, we know we need a caucus It’s mid afternoon on Good Friday. The world seems quiet and the sun is shining. But somewhere, in a WEP WhatsApp group in the South West there is a storm brewing. Or more accurately, it’s monsoon season. So what occurred? Within what seems like an alarmingly short time frame- just two hours- the South West WEP WhatsApp group was terminated. Shut down. Finished. Dead. Alive no more. A forum, built over a number of years, fo

A Call To Action- The Political Erasure of SEX: Oxford Uni Research

ACTION: #WomenCountSoCountWomen Sex and The Census: The census has a breadth and depth that allow us to accurately measure societal trends. As such, the census is a vital tool in measuring the position of minorities within our society and vital in measuring and monitoring women's changing situation. The data gathered by the census has been key in understanding the impact of economic and political policy on women, and key in developing new policy, budgets and strategy to tack

Gender neutral drafting & the erasure of women in law.

Dear Mandu, We contact you urgently re the Ministerial Maternity Bill that is currently being rushed through parliament this week. WEP members are concerned that the bill uses gender neutral language, replacing woman, mother & female with person/people. WEP members are also concerned that the consequences of this language has not been subject to appropriate oversight due to the hurried nature of this bill. This language sets a UK precedence in terms of legislative wording an

Trump's Out. Are Women's Rights In?

Our unity is our strength, our diversity is our power. Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris Trump has been a disaster for women. The list of grievances is long. Just three women held cabinet positions in the Trump administration. That's the lowest number of women since George H. W. Bush’s presidency, effectively dialling women's representation back 30 years. In 2017, President Trump disbanded the White House Council on Women and Girls. Then, in another sinister move, his Depar

Joint Statement on Liz Truss's Announcement

A joint statement on Government responsibility to uphold women’s sex-based rights WEP Sex-based rights caucus is thrilled to be part of the following statement alongside nine other sister organisations: We welcome this week's announcement by the Minister for Women and Equalities. We are pleased that she has struck a balance between improving the process for obtaining a GRC for trans people and restating the importance of women's sex-based rights. All of our campaigning has be

Letter Six... Debating women's rights & secondary trauma

CONTENT WARNING- Contains accounts of child sexual abuse & trauma Dear Mandu, Christine & Tabitha, Today we opened our inbox and found a searing and candid testimony from a Caucus member. She has asked us to share this deeply personal account with you as well as our readers. It is her hope that those policy makers debating her rights, may learn something from her. A foreword from the Caucus As the WEP self ID consultation turns its focus to the impact of self ID on our EVAWG*

Letter Five... #IStandWithMandu

Dear Mandu, We are writing to you today on behalf of all of the signatories of our sex-based rights declaration. We are writing to express our sincere concern and offer our heartfelt support to you as WEP leader. We have watched in alarm and horror at the personal abuse and harassment that has been directed at you online. Abuse for facilitating much needed policy discussions and political dialogue around women's rights. We unequivocally condemn this . It is deeply worrying th