Scottish Green Women’s Declaration

This Declaration has been initiated by members and supporters of the Scottish Green Party (SGP) in endorsement of the Declaration initiated by members of the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW).

We are fully committed to the Core Values of the SGP to address the climate and ecological emergencies and transform society for the benefit of all and the planet as a whole. We are all members or supporters of the SGP, or former members who have resigned in frustration or been expelled or suspended, because of our commitment to the legitimacy of advocating for women’s sex-based rights.

Women’s rights, based on the reality of biological sex, have been eroded within the SGP, as elsewhere in society. We believe the consequences of this are extremely damaging for women and girls, especially lesbians, mothers and those who are disabled. There now exists a chilling atmosphere of censure and fear within the Party, which affects not only free speech but also free thought.

Scottish Green Declaration for Women’s Sex-Based Rights

We believe that democratic participation and accountability should be our organising principles and are deeply concerned that voices speaking up for women’s hard won sex-based rights are being silenced in the Scottish Green Party.

We know that globally women, as a sex, are disproportionately affected by climate change and environmental degradation, and that their empowerment is essential to our work as environmentalists.

We believe that:

  1. Women and girls are subject to discrimination and oppression on the basis of their sex, hence sex is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act (2010).
  2. Sex-based language is vital in identifying and calling out this oppression, and women and girls must retain the right to the use of language specifically referring to female anatomy, for the purposes of dignity, safety and health.
  3. Sex should not be confused with gender. Sex is a biological reality and is both the site of and the excuse for women’s oppression.
  4. Women and girls have the right to maintain their sex-based protections as set out in the Equality Act (2010), including female only spaces such as changing rooms, hospital wards, sanitary and sleeping accommodation, refuges, hostels and prisons. Women have the right to refuse consent to males being in these female-only spaces or males delivering intimate services to females such as washing, dressing or counselling.
  5. Women and girls have the right to: Protection against any discrimination; freedom of belief; freedom of expression; freedom of assembly (Articles 7, 18, 19 and 20 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
  6. Women and girls have the right to organise themselves, as a sex, across a range of cultural, leisure, sporting, educational and political activities.
  7. Lesbians are, by definition, women who are same-sex attracted and are entitled to organise and create spaces based on that definition.
  8. Women and girls have the right to discuss policies which affect them, without being abused, harassed or intimidated.

We reject all attempts to undermine or limit the rights of women to self-organise and we call on, and expect, the SGP, along with the wider green movement actively to support these essential freedoms.

If you share these views and wish to express your support please visit the SGWD Petition website
Founding Signatories
SURNAME FORENAME Former positions in SGP
Allan Hamish Former Co-Convenor, Standing Orders Committee
Allan Karen Former executive member, 3 times candidate
Bennett Margaret Current member SGP
Black Marion Former local election candidate
Blackburn Helen Former treasurer and co-convenor Midlothian, and election candidate
Brandt Irene F. Founder of Glasgow branch in 1979; Election Agent for SGP; Area Co-ordinator for North West Highlands; Co-Convener, Highland Branch, election candidate at all levels
Cameron Catherine Mary Former Argyll and Bute SGP member
Crofton Adrian Member, SGP
Curtis Sally Former Office Manager, Party Manager, Executive Convenor, Treasurer
Dawson Topher Member, SGP
Dickie Donald Former member / activist, Edinburgh
Feldwick Daya Active member since 2007, twice election candidate, outgoing co-co of the branch
Ferry Alan Former member Glasgow Greens Branch
Fuller Sue Member, SGP
Harper OBE Robin Former Leader, First MSP
Higginson Joan Former executive member (campaigns), women’s organiser and candidate
Jardine Dave Election candidate, placarder, leafletter, and a founding member of Highlands and Islands Green Party
Jardine Jude Former member and candidate for Highland Region
Kerr-Smith Bill Former Secretary, subsequently Convener, Councillor candidate, Midlothian Branch
Laughlin Sue Former Co-Convener, Glasgow Greens
MacCallum Sullivan Mary Former member
Macdonald Ken Former member West Lothian branch
McCormack Máire Formerly Convenor SGP International Committee; Co Convenor West Lothian Greens; SGP Candidate
MacKenzie Jeannie Former SGP member
Moffat Susan Former Co-convenor East Lothian Greens
Moodie Alastair Former SGP member Argyll branch
Moodie Dorothy Former SGP member
Moxley Janet Former member, S Lanarkshire branch
Pontin Janet Former member
Readman Susan Former Member Glasgow Greens
Rhein Helga Member, SGP
Ryle Mark Former member and local activist
Saunders Andy Former member and branch treasurer
Scandrett Eurig Former Co-convenor East Lothian Greens, Co-convenor International Committee, Convenor Trade Union group, election candidate
Turner Mark Former Midlothian branch WCO and election agent
Valentine Francis SGP member and activist for 15 years, Lothian
Wallace Les Member
Wilson Gordon Former member
NAMES WITHHELD DUE TO POTENTIAL RISK TO PROFESSIONAL OR POLITICAL POSITION
#1 activist Former branch committee member and local organiser
#2 activist Former office holder in Branch committee and election candidate
#3 activist Former election candidate, formerly held office in local branch
#4 activist Former SGP member, member of Women’s Network and co-convener of local branch
#5 activist Active committee member and election candidate
#6 activist Former member
#7 activist Candidate for East Lothian 2018