Meeting of GRARG 21st January 2021

Next meeting: FEBRUARY 18th 2021 Time 8pm

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86798717951?pwd=d2kzbnRUZGo1YitKRjJheDFjMy9KQT09

AGENDA

Set short and medium term strategy

Report on progress at next meeting.

End the conflation of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ in legal/policy/organisation’s documents. If this conflation can be removed, much of the difficulties with the current GRA will go.

Members to examine submissions to the recent WEC consultation to identify organisations that support this conflation/self ID and then write to them to ask to what extent women were consulted. SP awaiting response from NatWest, Artless will tackle Barnardos. SP letter to Natwest is here. Please share via Slack gcritical.slack.com if you have identified someone you wish to contact. Project deadline: End March 2021.

New group involving LibDem women being set up – will be interesting to hear of progress!

Consider how to contact the ‘unsure’ MPs on the spreadsheet – we will need to identify constituents. Write to them asking for clear statement of intent with regard to self identification and conflation of sex and gender.

Contact other groups to share this strategy – so we don’t duplicate efforts

SP to contact @SexMattersOrg and @RepealTheGRA

Every one to respond to consultations

See Slack channel for more discussion

And sign the Women’s Declaration on Sex Based Rights

Consultations

Standards Matter consultation
Closes 29th January 2021 at 5pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/standards-matter-2-public-consultation-and-public-sector-survey

Toilet Provision for Men and Women: Call for Evidence
Closes 29th January 2021 at 11.45pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/toilet-provision-for-men-and-women-call-for-evidence

How Can We Put Equalities At The Heart of Government

Closes 17th February 2021 no time given
Warning; our moles tell us this may be a way to undermine and attack Liz Truss

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/news/138432/how-can-we-put-equalities-at-the-heart-of-government/

Violence Against Women and Girls: Call for Evidence
Closes 19th February 2021 at 11.45pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-against-women-and-girls-vawg-call-for-evidence

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Closes 4th March 2021, no time given.

https://consult.education.gov.uk/safeguarding-in-schools-team/keeping-children-safe-in-education-schools-and-col/?fbclid=IwAR3kv11k6zcDpryWrPyIDy3WcIHQ6ivMDhJYpU9-GMqBiJ0bGvsR7SOuZ70

The Role of the GEO: embedding equalities across government
17th February 2021, no time given.
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/947/the-role-of-the-geo-embedding-equalities-across-government/

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