GWD Webinar – Green Party Governance, Policy & Law

Jude English, Co Chair of Green Party Women, in discussion with Sarah Phillimore about the success of recent Gender Critical court cases including Shahrar Ali vs GPEW, and what this means for the Green Party. Sarah is a family law barrister working in child protection law and a co-founder of the campaign group ‘Fair Cop’.

A transcript is available on YouTube

Webinar links Green Party, Governance and Law 26.2.24

 

Save the Date! – GWD Webinar

The Green Women’s Declaration will be holding our next webinar at 8:00 PM on Monday 26 February with special guest Sarah Phillimore in conversation with Jude English, chaired by Zoe Hatch.

Green Party Governance, Policy & Law: Sarah Phillimore in conversation with Jude English

Sarah is a family law barrister working in child protection law, an author and a co-founder of the campaign group ‘Fair Cop’. Sarah and Jude will be discussing the favourable outcome of cases for Jo Phoenix and Rachel Meade and examining them alongside the recent Shahrar Ali vs GPEW judgment. They will consider how these rulings impact on future legal action that is threatened against The Party for its continued unfair and discriminatory treatment of Gender Critical members.  If you would like to pose a question to Sarah or Jude please email us in advance

Register now at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsd-moqzwjHtyLqSl3kXhO4J2m1DbYwpAG

 

 

Green Women Speak Out

Why we need a Green Women’s Declaration

In this Webinar, three Green Party members speak about their own lives. They address why the protection of single sex spaces for women is important to them; how the eradication of women’s sex-based rights has affected them and their communities and, above all, why the Green Party needs to urgently make the changes necessary to allow for open and respectful debate amongst its membership. Followed by Q&A. In a General Election year, it is vital that Green Party policies and practice address the needs and rights of women.

Chaired by Zoe Hatch with guests Shabanah Fazal, Annie, and Lucy Watson.

Transcripts:

 

Green Women Speak Out: Why We Need a Green Women’s Declaration

GWD WEBINAR

Monday 22 January 2024
7.30-9.00pm

In this Webinar, three Green Party members will speak about their own lives. They will address why the protection of single sex spaces for women is important to them; how the eradication of women’s sex-based rights has affected them and their communities and, above all, why the Green Party needs to urgently make the changes necessary to allow for open and respectful debate amongst its membership. Followed by Q&A. In a General Election year, it is vital that Green Party policies and practice address the needs and rights of women. Please join us to find out more about our views. All welcome!

Email questions in advance to info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk

Speakers:

Shabanah Fazal: “I am an ordinary Green Party member, retired secondary teacher, mother and grandmother. I voted for decades for Labour but became disillusioned with them over the Iraq war. I joined the Green Party for their core environmental purpose; pro-European stance and also because at that time, unlike Labour, a couple of prominent Greens were willing to stand publicly for sex-based rights and respectful debate.”

Lucy Watson: “Former committee member of Green Party Women and Green Party Disability Group. Currently suspended for expressing my opinions, on the Party’s closed internal women’s forum, about Gender Identity Theory being made into law and public policy”

Annie: “I joined the Green Party because I believe that climate change is the most important issue of our time. But the Green Party also needs to help create a fairer society for all, and that ‘all’ should include women.”

Chair: Cllr Zoe Hatch, Green Party Women Co-Chair

Zoom registration:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIod–przgjH9KEp3cgiTO2kqikL3MOVM2f#/registration

Watch the GWD Webinar

Watch the Green Women’s Declaration webinar in which women from the Green Party of England and Wales who have been suspended by the party for their Gender Critical views discuss how the process is the punishment in the complaints system. Chaired by Pallavi Devulapalli with guests Dawn Furness, Emma Bateman, Alison Teal and Zoe Hatch, which took place online at 7:30pm on Monday 4th December 2023.

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Take Action!

So many of you have already emailed us or spoken out on social media in abject shock and horror in response to the stories you heard during our webinar. Until now, the complaints process has been masked by a veil of secrecy. That means very few members have been able to truly understand the extent of our broken systems and how they are being weaponised to silence Gender Critical voices.

Many of you have also asked how you can help to further our aims to support women speaking out and advocate for women’s issues to be protected in the party.  Here are six ideas:

  1. SPEAK to someone in your local party – many members have no idea about the corruption in the party by the Gender Identity factions. Start small.
  2. Share the Webinar video and this information sheet with friends and colleagues, or on social media. Sunlight is the best disinfectant and we need to shine a light on the corruption and broken processes within the party so we can put a stop to it.
  3. WRITE to your Regional Council member –  see contacts below. Ask them about the consequences of the multiple court cases for discrimination, the real potential of bankruptcy, and the ultimate collapse of the entire Green Party.
  4. Help us build a body of evidence demonstrating harm to the party. We know that people often make public statements on Social Media when they leave the party over this issue, will you help us collect those statements by forwarding them to evidence@greenwomensdeclaration.uk We want to demonstrate that the leadership’s continued silence on this issue only perpetuates harm to the party and to our hardworking members and campaigners.
  5. STAND for a Governance Position – we need sensible Green people in the room to counter extremist ideologues and help to put our party back on track. Multiple positions are available either on an annual or rolling basis. Green Party Executive – (GPEx – Next election Jul 2024), Green Party Regional Council (GPRC – Next election rolling normally 2 years), Disciplinary Committee  (DC – next election rolling dependent upon vacancies), Standing Order Committee (SOC – Next election Oct 2024) Drop us a line and let us know if you are interested in standing at a national level, if you’re curious one of our team can give you more information about what’s involved.
  6. VOLUNTEER to support our campaign. Drop us a line at info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk to let us know you want to help. We’d love to hear from you.

2023-12-04 GWD Webinar The Process is the Punishment – Information Sheet

Green Women’s Declaration webinar: The Process is the Punishment

Monday 4th December 2023  7.30 – 9pm

Register for the event here

Following the Declaration zoom in October when some of the founding members spoke about why the Declaration was created, members of GWD are holding a second panel event.

  • Does the Green Party really do politics differently?
  • Why have so many committed ecofeminists been punished by their own Party?
  • How are women harmed by this process?

At this Green Women’s Declaration webinar, you will be able to listen to the story of 4 women who have been punished by the process. Special guests: Emma Bateman, Dawn Furness, Zoe Hatch and Alison Teal

Email questions in advance to info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk

 

 

GWD Newsletter 14/11/23

Huge thanks to all who joined us for the meeting we hosted on Thursday 26th October to discuss the Green Women’s Declaration (GWD). We were thrilled by the number of attendees!

As you may know, this meeting was originally scheduled as a Green Party Women (GPW) event, until Zoe Hatch (the duly elected GPW co-chair) was issued with a No-Fault Suspension (NFS) and the meeting was obstructed by the remaining GPW co-chair, Chesca Walton, who has previously made several complaints against Zoe, calling for her to be put on a NFS and expelled.

Joe Hudson-Small (acting chair of the Green Party Regional Council) then sent an email to members, insinuating that people may not be ‘safe’ to attend our meeting, because it was chaired by a person on a No-Fault Suspension (i.e. Zoe), concluding that ‘members are free to attend the event at their own risk’. Needless to say, GWD completely rejects any notion that people attending the meeting would be unsafe in Zoe’s extremely capable hands as chair.

Despite all attempts to thwart the meeting, over 160 people came to listen, learn, contribute, and support. Fantastic! We had an open, informative, respectful discussion, where people were free to speak out without being accused of ‘hate speech’ or being disciplined. And it was wonderful to hear Emma Bateman, currently expelled from the party, speaking so eloquently about her situation and about women’s sex-based rights. How very sad that such a meeting was disallowed as a bona fide Green Party Women meeting. We need to get to the point where such a meeting can be held within the auspices of the Green Party.

You can listen to a recording of the meeting here
The Court decides…

Closing statements in Shahrar Ali’s court case are due to be heard on 21st November. We hope that a judgement in favour of Shahrar’s right to hold and express ‘gender-critical beliefs’ in a political party will clear the way for real change inside the Green Party and guide it back towards being a place where healthy, open debate is encouraged, as it should be in a progressive, democratic party.

It’s an emergency…

Let’s get laser-focussed on tackling the Climate Emergency, the devastating damage being done to the natural world, and the pressing need to create an inherently equitable and fair global economy. Fighting for women’s sex-based rights is part of this massive, vital project. Let’s have an end to wasting precious time battling ‘No Fault Suspensions’ and the like. An end to authoritarianism. Let’s get our Green Party back!

If you want to help…

Many people have reached out to us, following our October 26th meeting, asking what they can do to help. Here are a few ideas:
1. You could talk to someone in your local Green Party who you think might be open to listening and see if they’d be up for signing the Declaration.
2. If you feel you have enough support, you could ask to hold a discussion about the Declaration in your local party. Do feel free to contact us if you need further support.
3. You could follow us on Twitter and retweet or ‘like’ our posts.
4. You could donate to GWD. The small group of women who developed and are running the Green Women’s Declaration are doing so entirely voluntarily. However, our work entails some costs which we could dearly do with help to cover e.g. website hosting, fees to MailChimp for our mailing list, developing resources such as our banner & flyers. If you can spare a regular donation, or even a one-off contribution, for our work we would be very grateful and promise to put it to good use in the cause of women’s sex-based rights within the Green Party and wider environmental movement

Please click here to donate

Above all, keep campaigning #ForWomenAndPlanet
Thank you once again for your support.

 

GWD – GPW Meeting Recording

Green Women’s Declaration Q&A Event with Green Party Women 26/10/23

Why we need the Green Women’s Declaration. Discussing Sex and Gender in the Green Party.

Chaired by Zoe Hatch – Founder of the Green Women’s Declaration and Co-Chair of Green Party Women.

With: Imogen Makepeace, Sara Mai and Emma Bateman.

Green Women’s Declaration meeting – 7pm Thursday 26th Oct

As most members of Green Party Women are now aware, some members of the Green Party created the Green Declaration for Women’s Sex Based Rights which went live in August. Members of the Declaration emailed Green Party Women to ask if we would like to learn more about the Declaration and we had also had correspondence from members.

At a committee meeting, the Green Party Women committee voted in favour of inviting representatives of the Declaration to talk to our members. This meeting was due to be hosted by GPW Co-Chair, Zoe Hatch. However, since then, Zoe has been placed on a NFS (no fault suspension) after a complaint was made about an email which she sent out to our members, informing them of events which had occurred and which affected GPW as a whole and the committee members in particular.

As the recent email by Zoe’s fellow co-chair, Chesca Walton, points out, members of the Green Party who are on NFS are not able to host official Green Party meetings. However, as Chesca also pointed out in her email, we want to make clear that if the Green Women’s Declaration wish to hold their own meeting, that is their choice, and you, as members, have a right to attend.”

I am delighted to announce that the Green Women’s Declaration have agreed to host tonight’s event; they encourage members of Green Party Women to join them and they have asked Zoe Hatch to chair the meeting.

If you have already registered for the event, your existing registration is still valid and the link will work. If you have not registered for the Declaration event but would like to attend, you can register  here.

[UPDATE 13.00]

Joe Hudson-Small (sole remaining co-chair of GPRC) doesn’t seem too keen on encouraging free speech or debate. Quite why he thinks there may be a risk in attending a Zoom meeting is puzzling.

He says:

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Green Party or any constituent part of it should not be encouraging members to attend an event where a member on suspension is known to be hosting the event, as we have the safety of our members to consider.

Members are free to attend the event at their own risk.

Thank you for understanding.

Joe Hudson-Small

London representative to and acting chair of Green Party Regional Council”