DESPITE the decision of almost every political party to support the exploration of gender self-identification, there’s been no serious or prolonged thought and debate given to the risks to women’s rights that result from it.
Neither has there been any regard given to the need for women’s safe spaces for vulnerable women in domestic violence shelters and prisons, nor to children’s rights.
When I first heard about ‘trans’ issues and how these impact on women, I was shocked to find that every major party was pushing for change to the Gender Recognition Act to include self-identification.
I could immediately see the problems that would arise and how these would affect women and children more than anyone else. I found the lack of critical coverage in the mainstream media very worrying.
Fortunately however, I was able to find a number of groups who were already actively raising concerns and I am proud now to be working with them.
As a Conservative Party member, I have contacted numerous MPs and ministers on these issues, but disappointingly I have had very little response, and none that I did receive was particularly helpful.
Despite the number of female Conservative MPs now sitting in Parliament, they do not seem to have listened to women at all. They appear to have been in thrall to lobby groups who are pushing this ideology into all our public services, and, most worryingly of all, into our schools.
I am 57 years old and have a two-year-old granddaughter. I do not want her being told she ‘might be a boy’ because she likes trains and mud and hates pink.
We all know what a woman is, we all came out of one. I did not expect to have to fight these battles all over again, for rights we already hold in law – the rights to dignity, safety and privacy when we are undressed or vulnerable.
Polls show that I am not alone in my view and that only 13 per cent of Conservative Party members support following a self-identification standard without a doctor’s approval. These issues have not been explored sufficiently by the party. We believe that women and children’s rights now need protecting.
That’s why, with the help of a number of women (some who prefer to remain anonymous, as they are being targeted for holding these views) I have put together a declaration, a pledge.
We are asking all Conservative candidates, peers and councillors – every office holder, in fact – to sign it and help defend the rights of women against the risks of self-identification of gender.
We ask for your support too.
To sign the pledge, please follow this link.
We will not be silenced.