I’m Lucy Masoud and I’m a firefighter.
As a firefighter who works in a 95% male workforce I understand the importance of having female only facilities. Many fire stations across the country still require female firefighters to share changing facilities and dormitories with their male colleagues. This often leads to females avoiding showering or them getting changed in their cars. On some occasions it has led to woman leaving the fire service altogether. Thankfully my brigade have female only facilities on all their stations, had this not been the case when I joined and that I wouldn’t be assured that I could change in privacy then I may not have become a firefighter in the first place. The idea that a change in the law could allow someone, whether male or female to have access to these facilities is extremely concerning to me and many of my female colleagues. The government needs to ensure that woman’s spaces are protected.