The Women and Equalities Committee’s current proposal to enable people to legally register themselves as the opposite sex very simply, in the near future, will be wide-open to criminal abuse.
Concerningly, as part of this measure, there are discussions of removing the sex exemptions from the Equality Act which would undo women's hard-won legal rights. Even if the exemptions remain, allowing people change their sex on their birth certificate as easily as changing a name, means in practice there will be no documentation to prove that someone is using the the wrong sex's provision.
This will mean an end to the legal right to single sex and give us no right to challenge people of the opposite sex in spaces or using provisions nominally designated for our own.
We are calling on politicians to drop this proposal and to strengthen, clarify and protect the sex exemptions in the Equality Act to protect our right to choose single sex.
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Single-sex hospital wards, prisons, changing rooms, gyms, baths, personal care assistance, conveniences, school trips and shared overnight accommodation are already being eroded.
Single-sex retreats from the opposite sex such as Rape Crisis Centres and women's refuges as well as informal places such as women's conveniences are under already disappearing or under threat
Single-sex spaces for sanctuary, privacy and recovery where we can be confident we will be free from potential harassment, voyeurism, intrusion, domination or embarrassment by the opposite sex are disappearing.
Single-sex spaces which allow for open discussion of personal issues, private engagement in intimate activities, informal same-sex support for victims of sex-based violence or oppression and enable those of us in fear of the opposite sex, or with cultural restrictions, greater social participation, are changing their policies to become unisex.
Single-sex sports teams, leagues, competitions and games which allow women fair and safe participation and prizewinning opportunities are now including the opposite sex at the expense of women and girls.
Opportunities for single-sex learning, education and development where some children and adults thrive such as single-sex schools, Girl Guides and women and girls in STEM subjects are being compromised by including the opposite sex.
Sex categories for monitoring and addressing sex differences relevant to education, employment, salaries, health planning, specific patterns of offending and victimisation and all-women shortlists are becoming innacurate and ineffective.
We are calling for businesses and providers to invoke the Equality Act sex exemptions and give us the choice of single-sex provision and to stop the march towards universal unisex inclusion.
|Company||Service or Facility Now Mixed Sex||Campaign Name||Status|
|Girlguiding||@girlguiding||Sleeping, washing, toilets, entire scheme.||#sisterstoallguides||Awaiting New CEO|
|Caledonian Sleeper||@calsleeper||Sleeping, washing.||#ManFriday||Under review.|
|YHA||@YHAOfficial||Sleeping, washing.||-||No change|
|Swim England||@Swim_England||Changing, toilets, single-sex sessions.||#ManFriday||Under review|
|Labour Party||@UKLabour||Women's officers|
Jo Cox Scheme
|Top Shop||@Topshop||Fitting rooms||#ManFriday||No change|
|Urban Outfitters||@uoeurope||Fitting rooms||#ManFriday||No change|
|M&S||@marksandspencer||Fitting rooms, fitting services.||#ManFriday||No change|
|Primark||@primark||Fitting rooms||#ManFriday||No change|