Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls has written to the UK gov regarding the Gender Recognition Reform Bill Scotland. We have been highlighting the same issues in Ireland for over two years.
We will raise this letter with the Irish Government.
The legislation does not consider the needs of women and girls as it does not provide any safeguarding measures to ensure the procedure is "not abused by sexual predators and other perpetrators of violence."
The insistence on safeguarding and risk management does not arise from
transphobia, "It is instead based on empirical evidence that demonstrates that the majority of sex offenders are male, and that persistent sex offenders will go to great lengths to gain access to those they wish to abuse".
Asalem raises the issue of single sex spaces, saying she is aware of reports that women are self-excluding from support and refuge services because of a failure to provide single sex spaces, and concerns around self-exclusion arising from cultural and religious factors.
The Rapporteur's intervention is testament to the work of @For Women Scotland and other activists in Scotland in bringing this issue to the fore.
Single sex spaces are not a privilege, they are the basic cornerstone of equality for women and girls in society.