We are aware of two unacceptable tweets which were made from our Twitter handle in November 2017. These were posted by someone who has never been part of our organisation in its current form. Fair Play For Women originated as a small blogging website. At the start of 2018 the name, website & social media accounts were transferred over to new management led by Dr Nicola Williams. Under this new direction, Fair Play For Women has emerged onto the national stage as a trusted and influential campaigning and consultancy organisation focused on the sex-based rights of women and girls. The offending tweets were posted by the previous administrator, before access was transferred.
These tweets came to light in October 2018 and were reported in Pink News. At that time, Dr Williams said,
“I know nothing about this tweet. It pre-dates my time and that of anyone currently involved in Fair Play For Women. We utterly reject transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism and bigotry of any kind.”
We distance ourselves unequivocally from those tweets, and the sentiments expressed. They do not reflect our values or beliefs. Anyone who professed such a view would be unwelcome in our organisation, as it is antithetical to our constructive, evidence-based approach. It is painful to us that these two tweets are circulated by those who oppose our work, knowing that they do not reflect our views or behaviour in any way.
We believe everyone should be free to live without discrimination or oppression. We have no dislike, phobia or rejection of any other group, whether male, trans or any other category. We aim always to be respectful to all, while recognising that our needs may be in conflict. Both females and trans people are protected from discrimination in UK law; but they are different groups with different priorities and concerns. We support the rights of all to advocate for their own needs. Fair Play For Women Ltd advocates for the sex-based rights of women and girls. We seek fair, lawful solutions based on sound evidence and transparent policy-making. Our output and actions since 2018 demonstrates this.