Yvonne Ridley: Gender apartheid is not the answer but it offers women a safe option
CommonSpace columnist Yvonne Ridley says women must be afforded safe spaces when the risks of violence against them remain so high
WOMEN-ONLY train carriages became quite a talking point recently after Labour shadow minister Chris Williamson hinted there could be some merit in the concept to help cut the number of sexual assaults on public transport.
'Adam' is spectacular in scope and brings a vital real life perspective on trans issues
CommonSpace theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick says 'Adam' should be seen by as wide an audience as possible
GENDER is everywhere. It fuels our identity politics and governs our life choices and behaviour. The distinctions of gender are so entrenched that they even permeate our everyday language.
Adam Kashmiry identifies this in his opening monologue to Adam, the National Theatre of Scotland’s (NTS) new production based on the story of his own transgender experience.
Equal recognition: How the law on gender recognition is impacting on trans lives
Three voices backing the campaign to change the Gender Recognition Act share their stories with CommonSpace
“THE acceptance by the government of my self-declared gender represents an important validation that my truth is my right to determine, and that the foundation of my life as a woman is secure and protected. I am yet to achieve such validation.”
Kirsty Strickland: Political parties, you have a role to play in fixing media gender imbalance
CommonSpace columnist Kirsty Strickland says there is no excuse in 2017 for continued imbalance in political commentary
DURING every election campaign, there is – or at least should be – a heightened focus on balance.
This usually applies to the balance of party representation, but regularly in Scotland there are calls for it also to extend to balance across the Yes/No divide.
Explainer: the campaign for equal recognition for trans people
LGBT activists are seeking to make it easier for trans people to change their legal gender
THE Equality Network and Scottish Trans Alliance are urging the Scottish Parliament to make three key changes to the Gender Recognition Act (2004) to support trans people in Scotland.
The campaign was launched in 2014 by Scottish Trans Alliance, which is the Equality Network project to promote equality and inclusion based on gender identity and gender reassignment.
Rallying cry for women in tech as Scotland seeks role models
Charities challenge Scotland’s tech professionals to “be the change they wish to see” in boost to find girls’ role models and volunteers
SCOTLAND’S TECHNOLOGY BODIES are asking for female tech professionals to volunteer as role models as part of a push to help inspire girls of school attending age to take up and excel at science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and choose digital technology careers.
Scottish Tories feel the heat as Dugdale and Thewliss demand rape clause answers
Davidson faces the music over her silence to the UK party’s rape clause
RUTH DAVIDSON, the Scottish Tory leader, has maintained her silence in the face of increasing demand by opposition politicians and rights campaigners to explain her position and reasoning for supporting the controversial rape clause brought into effect by her UK party.
Demands for action over rhetoric as women make up only 30% of council candidates
Upcoming elections paint a picture of extreme under-representation of women in Scottish politics
ACTION OVER RHETORIC is the rallying cry of the Women 5050, the campaign advocating 50 per cent representation of women in councils and in the Scottish Parliament, as it revealed that across 32 Scottish councils only 30 per cent of local candidates are women.
After analysing the candidate lists of all wards in all 32 councils for the upcoming May local elections, the charity found that there are 21 wards in Scotland with only men on the ballot paper.
Dionne Newman: Cervical cancer, no longer the silent killer – but only if you are straight
Writer and student Dionne Newman says LGBT+ women have been dangerously disregarded on serious health issues and it must stop
IT is fantastic news that cervical and ovarian cancers are no longer referred to as "silent killers". This is due to the predictions that come from regular cervical screening tests, alerting women before any major symptoms occur.
This means all women are now much safer and should be able to detect any possible irregularities before they become an issue, right?
Well, no. It doesn’t.
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