Women and Free speech

Posted on 10-04-21 by West Dorset CLP Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

This CLP notes:

The debate around proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act requires sensitivity and respect for different opinions within the Labour Party.

This CLP believes:

There are legitimate concerns to be addressed when balancing the need for support and dignity for trans people with the need to maintain protection for women's sex- based rights, as enshrined in the Equality Act 2010;

The reaction by many party members to the activities of organisations such as Woman's Place UK, including denouncements from previous year's Labour Party conference and aggressive demonstrations outside its fringe meeting, is very concerning.

This CLP resolves:

To encourage constituency parties across the country to follow good practice established by Hornsey & Wood Green and Tottenham CLPs' Women's Forums in creating spaces for women and LGBT activists to come together to discuss the issues in a spirit of respect and comradeship;

To make clear it supports the right of women to self-organise and freely campaign and advocate for women's sex-based rights;

and supporters of trans rights to organise and campaign, free from intimidation, at Labour Party events and among Labour Party members.

Referring to: Work, Pensions and Equality

The Work, Pensions and Equality Policy Commission is charged with developing Labour’s policy on social security, poverty and equalities.

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