Keep All-Women Shortlists Female!

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Comrades, we are a group of Labour women who want to ensure all-women shortlists (AWS) remain reserved for females and that women's representation in the party increases. We believe that the election of self-identifying transwomen as women's officers and their inclusion on all-women shortlists is reducing and undermining female representation in the Labour party.

We are absolutely committed to trans people, as a marginalised group, living free from discrimination and violence: we need trans representatives, trans councillors and trans MPs in our party. We are socialists and we are egalitarians. However, trans representation must not happen at the expense of female candidates and we are furious that we are having to fight another battle for women's representation, just 100 years after the suffragette victories.

We have been advised that a legal challenge to the Labour party on this could be winnable. The party has recently allowed males to be elected as women's officers and males to be selected over females in all-woman MP candidate selections. This has happened because Labour, in practice, has started to define 'women' by sex AND by self-identification. Labour is now relying on these two antithetical definitions of 'woman' to choose candidates which is the cause of this conflict of interests. We need a resolution.

Self-identification does not define men as women, in law or in fact. Labour conference has neither agreed nor even debated self-id or rule changes to the Labour party's AWS selection process. Women, as a marginalised group, are entitled to AWS under Equality Act 2010 exemptions. Trans people who have had gender reassigment are also, rightly, protected as a group under the act but men who simply self-id as women are not. Only party members can change party rules, not its MPs, not its general secretary and not its paid bureaucrats.

As socialists we understand class analysis and we know the most meaningful way to classify women is by sex. Women are classified as second class citizens because of our biology. None of us can keep our sex a secret and if we could there would be no pay gap and no #MeToo. Whereas no one can tell what another person's gender identity is (if they even have one) just by looking at them. Sex, along with poverty, age, disability and race, is one of the major oppressive hierarchies in the world today. Women's biology has always the basis for our oppression worldwide BY MEN. Feminism is defined as the movement to liberate all women from sex-based oppression.

Self-id also impacts on lesbians and gay men who, by definition, are not homogenderists but homosexuals. Lesbians and gays are currently afforded legal, sex-based  protections from discrimination and these are already being diluted by self-id. We believe gender is a manmade, toxic set of stereotypes, used to restrict men and women and we want to see it abolished, not codified into law. We support all gender non-conforming people: be they lesbian, gay or trans. Feminists have always been the vanguard of the fight for people to live their lives in a gender non-conforming way and will continue to do so - but never at the expense of women's rights and representation.

We do not classify people based on a set of gendered ideals by which most will fail: the superficial markers of clothing, hairstyles and make-up... or by body type, weight, or perceived femininity or masculinity. We do not assess people's worth by the way they look or speak - women and men succeed as women and men simply by being. The same is true for girls and boys. All girls are acceptable as girls and all boys are acceptable as boys, however they dress, look or behave. We condemn the medicalisation of pre-pubescent kids who are encouraged to take puberty blockers if they play with the 'wrong' toys or want to wear the 'wrong' clothes. Conservatives see a boy in a dress and want to change the outfit, liberals see the dress as fine but want to change the kid's body. Socialist feminists want kids to be kids and wear what tf they want.

Every penny of the money we raise will go entirely on our legal funds, we will produce all our bank statements, legal bills and legal updates and upload to this site. We want our donors to make the decisions on how to move forward and we will crowdfund direction as well as money. We will follow where you lead, and will keep in regular contact by email, so we can democratically decide how we do this, what we want to achieve, how we go about it and who we employ to act on our behalf.

Your support will mean a great deal to women, it will mean there are people who care, who have not forgotten them. It will mean they are not politically homeless: we stand with them.

 Please do not give more than you can really afford, it's not necessary...  and don't feel you have to donate - your support and your help in sharing the crowdfunder is enough and IS appreciated.

Any left-over funds will go to fight against self-id, against the medicalisation of children and to keep women's spaces female-only, specifically: women's hospital wards, gyny screening, prisons, domestic violence shelters, changing rooms, saunas, spas, sleeper train carriages, scholarships, quotas and national and international women's sports.

We all know that only the Labour party has the best interests of women at heart. Please help us to overturn the decisions of the party liberals, weather vanes and bureaucrats to prove this is the case. Self-id is a tory manifesto policy for heaven's sakes... which gives us all an idea of just how bad an idea it is.

Your solidarity is appreciated and ours is eternal.

Jennifer James           Garston and Halewood CLP
Anne Ruzylo                 Bexhill and Battle CLP
Dr. Viv Pointon            Stone CLP
Emma Salmon              Bexhill and Battle CLP
Suzanne Weaver        Stroud CLP
Pilgrim Tucker              Vauxhall CLP
Christine Bayliss        Bexhill and Battle CLP
Venice Allan                  Lewisham Deptford CLP
Miranda Yardley        Southend West CLP
Samantha Marshall-Cameron.    Sheffield Central CLP
Gina Richardson        Bexhill and Batlle CLP
Debra Atkinson         Chesterfield CLP
Karen Broady             Gorton CLP
Sohayalla Wilson       Gorton CLP
Alice Bondi                    Women's Officer Penrith and the Border CLP
Karen Kruzycka         Romford CLP
Avril Moussalli            Altrincham & Sale West CLP
Jan Oliver                      Enfield North CLP
Toni Morris                   Vauxhall CLP
Jacky Holyoake         Halesowen and Rowley Regis CLP
Matesa McKeefery  Rossendale and Darwen CLP
Eleanor Hill                   Cardiff West CLP
Bronwen Davies        Cardiff North CLP
Emma Aynsley             Cardiff Central CLP
Susan Matthews        Dulwich and West Norwood CLP
Catherine Costello   Hartlepool CLP
Jessica Budynkiewicz    Bournemouth East CLP
Rachel King                   Moseley and Kings Heath CLP
Claire Jones                  Leeds North West CLP
Chinzia Ogilvie            Portsmouth South CLP
Dinah Stubbs                Islington South CLP
Sian Henry                     Watford CLP
Liz Vickers                      Winchester CLP
Barbara Ulargiu          Bermondsey & Old Southwark CLP
Stacey Charlesworth    Hackney North and Stoke Newington CLP
Rebecca Heath            Brent CLP
Debra Halliday            Huddersfield CLP
Cátia Freitas                 Esher and Walton CLP
Liz Hemingway            Knowsley North CLP
Emma Thomas             Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP
Cherry Austin               North Herefordshire CLP
Shelley Charlesworth     Islington North CLP
Stephanie Shelford     Lewisham Deptford CLP
Dr Lesley Semmens    Bradford West
Abigail Wyatt                  St Ives and Penzance CLP
Louise Paine                     St Ives CLP
Mandy Moore                Canterbury CLP
Karen Ingala Smith       Walthamstow CLP
Susi Wisniewski             Warwick & Leamington CLP
Penny O'Donnell          Gedling CLP
Phoebe Alexander        Middlesbrough and South East Cleveland CLP
Paula Boulton                 Corby and East Northants CLP

And Our Male Allies:
Michael Murphy           Tiverton & Honiton CLP
Christopher Goldie     Bury North CLP
Michael Weaver            Stroud CLP
Lee Holland                      Newport West CLP
Mark Wisniewski          Warwick and Leamington CLP
Ken Stringer                    Telford CLP
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'My Name's Rachel And I Used To Be A Liberal'

Sharing this excellent talk on why class analysis makes sense for women, worldwide. The narrative unpacks the two antithetical definitions of gender and concludes that no one would choose the one which equals sexual harassment, ubiquitous threats, silencing and male violence.

This AMAZING young woman is Rachel, 23, from activist group Deep Green Resistance. She describes how her liberal feminism flipped into radical feminism: once she analysed gender.
39 mins long.

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The crowdfunder has just made it to £23,000 which is just incredible. We never thought it would achieve anything like this, it just goes to show the strength of feeling against self-id.

We understand that Jeremy Corbyn has now ordered a consultation into self-id, as promised. Plans are afoot for prominent gender critical feminists to meet with the Leader's office and get the ball rolling on this. We will keep you posted.

Self-id is now starting to be debated in CLPs, although some of the motions being passed are in favour of it, it is good that the debate is happening.

This is a repost of the motion that we suggest debating in your CLP:

Model CLP Motion on Self-Identification
(To be forwarded to CLP secretaries two weeks before monthly meeting. Debate it and pass it.)


This CLP absolutely condemns transphobia in all its manifestations and recognises that trans women with gender recognition certificates are legally entitled to be eligible for All-Women Shortlists.

This CLP notes that there is no party policy on self-identification and that conference is sovereign in deciding party policy.

This CLP notes that women in the party who want to discuss self-identification have the right to debate and put forward policy which protects them: and they have the right to be treated in a respectful and comradely manner.

This CLP notes that men and women are classified as such by their biology, not by their perceived gender identity. It recognises that women are oppressed by society because of their biology.

This CLP opposes the principle of self-identification: because of the implications it will have for women in terms of safety, participation in public life and political representation.

This CLP recognises that women are entitled to sex-based protections under the Equalities Act 2010 and resolves to uphold the law regarding the same.

This CLP is committee to taking the vote on this motion by secret ballot as, in the current climate, women are afraid of the implications of speaking out against self-id.


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This is Jen - the self-id debate is becoming more mainstream every day and we need to keep pushing. Remember this is a tory policy which has cross-party support so don't let the media spin it as 'women vs Corbyn'. It isn't. This is a bone of contention in ALL parties, which is why we need the debate in the form of a calm, measured, fact-based national conversation. The media's only purpose is to undermine Corbyn and the Labour party as socialism poses such a threat to the business class: they could not care less about women.

The funds, to the value of £22,839, are now in the process of being cleared by Gofundme and will land in one of my bank accounts shortly. Gofundme took out £2,204.34 in fees, which leaves us with £20,634.66.

I am putting them in a spare Santander account I have which has a couple of DDs and a fee coming out of it, to the value of £59. I put £59 into it every month. The reason I want to use this account is because it will pay us interest of 1.5% on the balance, But the Santander t&cs insist the account has 2 DDs set up.

We have been asked by our solicitors, Bhogal Partners, to transfer money into our client account in advance of work and we will shortly be sending them £2,500.

We have instructed them with the aim of upholding the laws on the 2010 Equalities Act exemptions which states that sex is a protected characteristic. This is in regard to the Labour party having allowed legally male persons onto all-women shortlists.

Do try to attend the next Woman's Place UK event near you. The numbers of women attending these meetings are growing exponentially and pretty soon there won't be a need to meet in secret! #WPUK.


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An amazing £22,500 now in the fighting fund, well done everyone.

This is a great piece on self-id by James Kirkup (aside from the ubiquitous Corbyn-bashing). An enjoyable long read for a Saturday morning.

Can we have an honest debate about gender?

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