A woman’s place is on the platform – Cambridge
A Woman’s Place is on the Platform
CAMBRIDGE, Thu 23 November 2017
A Woman’s Place is on the Platform!
Linda Bellos, Helen Steel & Anne Ruzylo in Cambridge.
Linda Bellos OBE – revolutionary lesbian feminist, former Lambeth Council leader, founder of Black History Month UK, lifelong equalities campaigner. Recently Linda Bellos was ‘uninvited’ from speaking to a Cambridge University student society when she made clear that she would be talking about how transgender politics impacts on women.
Helen Steel – trade unionist, social justice and environmental activist, McLibel defendent and heroic campaigner for justice against state spying and insitutionally sexist abuse by the police. Helen was surrounded, bullied and abused for over an hour by trans activists at a bookfair in London, simply for defending the rights of women to hand out leaflets about the law changes.
Anne Ruzylo – former prison officer, active trade unionist for thirty years, former Labour Party Women’s Officer Bexhill and Battle CLP. Subjected to an orchestrated smear campaign for her views on gender identity, prompting resignation in solidarity with her by the entire executive committee of Bexhill and Battle CLP.
The meeting will discuss proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. In July the government announced a consultation to start in ‘the Autumn’ about proposals to reform the Act. The proposals are to ‘demedicalise’ the process of changing gender, so that people can self-identify as the gender they choose, without any need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria, or to transition or have surgery.
These proposals are controversial as organisations such as A Woman’s Place UK argue that self-identification of transgender people will disadvantage women and may mean the end of single-sex spaces. It will make it harder to gather accurate data on the pay gap between the sexes, domestic violence against women, and the health services they require. Self-identification may also mean the end of women-only hospital wards and other spaces where a male presence would be unwelcome, such as changing rooms and toilets.
Some trans-identified people also oppose the proposed reforms as they see them as a threat to trans people who transition and suffer from gender dysphoria.
Women have the right to speak about matters that affect their lives. Women will not be silenced.
Come to hear them speak, ask questions and discuss.
This event is free. A collection will be made to cover to expenses.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
ID is required for each person attending and must match the name on the ticket.
There is no minimum age. Babes in arms are encouraged. Please consider the suitablity of the event if bringing children. No unaccompanied children.
What can I bring into the event?
For the security of all attendees, bags will be searched on entry.
What’s the refund policy?
Tickets are free. Organisers reserve the right to cancel any tickets ordered.
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Please email CambridgeWPUK@gmail.com
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