A statement on trans inclusivity and the Gender Recognition Act

“As the CEO of Nottingham Women’s Centre I believe my experience of running a women-only space has value within the current debates regarding the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Nottingham Women’s Centre has been open to all women, including trans women, since 1998. I find it bewildering that campaigners against updating the GRA say they want to “protect” women’s spaces when we have been a functioning trans-inclusive women’s space for over 22 years without any issues.

Rather than being a ‘threat’ to our community, trans women have safely accessed our services and positively contributed to the NWC community through volunteering, peer support groups and more. I feel that there is a lot of theoretical fear mongering in debates around GRA, most of which is not based on the reality of what is actually happening ‘on the ground’ in women’s centres. Far from a protective measure, a move to further police women’s gender identity and presentation is a threat to all women, both cis and transgender.”

– Helen Voce, CEO of Nottingham Women’s Centre

We have written to the Prime Minister about this. Click here to read our letter .

Recommended reading:

  • Stonewall: ‘The Truth about Trans Q&A’
    “If you read a newspaper, go on the internet, or turn on the TV at all, you may well have seen some shocking headlines about trans people lately. We’ve developed this Q&A to answer some of the common questions that get asked about trans people, and to tackle some of those myths and misconceptions you might have seen in the media”
  • Mermaids: ‘Trans rights are no threat to single-sex spaces’
    “This isn’t a case of stepping into the unknown at all. In fact, we can simply step into Iceland, Portugal, Malta, Norway, Denmark or Belgium to see what happens when trans people are empowered to self-ID. In fact, we might simply hop over the Irish Sea to the Republic of Ireland, where a Gender Recognition Act allowing self-declaration was passed five years ago. None of these countries have reported a rise in attacks on women in single-sex spaces. None seem to have seen a trend towards men sneaking into changing rooms and toilets pretending to be trans. After all, abusive men don’t need to go through such an absurd process to attack women. Any sexual or domestic abuse survivor knows from experience that abusers are more than capable of carrying out attacks at work, in the home and a myriad of other places.”
  • Cosmopolitan: ‘No BS guide to the Gender Recognition Act reforms
    “The reforms are simply trying to set right how the government might make the existing process under the Gender Recognition Act a better service for those trans and non-binary people who wish to use it. Access to health care is incredibly limited and there are huge waiting lists. This is a small change that would just make a small part of people’s lives a little easier.”
  • Stonewall: ‘LGBT in Britain – Trans Report’
    “This report focuses on the experiences of more than 800 trans and non-binary people who took part in our research. It contains powerful testimonies that demonstrate why progress on equality for trans people should be a priority for all of us. What we have found is deeply worrying. Hate crime and discrimination against trans people, on our streets, in our hospitals, in workplaces and at universities, is widespread. Two in five trans people had to deal with a hate crime or incident in the past 12 months. Many trans people are forced to hide who they are, change how they dress or drop out of university because of fear of discrimination. In our workplaces, half of trans and non-binary people have hidden or disguised that they are LGBT for this reason, and one in eight have been physically attacked by a colleague or customer.”
  • “Women’s spaces for ALL women” video
    The UK government is considering changing the legislation concerning single-sex spaces that would negatively impact both cis and trans women.  This short video explains more.

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Small Grants During Covid-19

Small Grants During Covid-19

 

Since April we have been awarding small grants to local groups that are supporting women, girls and LGBT+ people during these difficult times. We have some amazing grassroots, charities and voluntary groups in our city, and we are so happy to be able to financially support some of the vital community work they have been doing during this time.

This small grant funding is part of the Nottingham City Council Communities of Identity funding stream to Nottingham Women’s Centre and partner organisations.

Read on to find out more about some of the groups that have received small grant funding from us for Covid-19 support, and to learn more about what some of Nottingham’s amazing organisations are doing to support the community in these challenging times.

 

Heya

We are delighted to have supported Heya with a small grant to support their community during the coronavirus crisis. Heya work with Arabic women in Nottingham and will be using the grant to offer online and telephone support and welfare checks with the women in their community, as well as supporting them with some essential supplies.

Balm

Balm provides activities and support for African Caribbean women in Nottingham. We have awarded them a small grant to continue to support the women they work with at this time, including wellbeing checks, essential supplies and activity and wellbeing packs.

Global Widows

We are supporting Global Widows with a small grant for their work with women, in particular widows, of West African descent. They will use this grant to provide essentials and culturally appropriate food and wellbeing checks and telephone contact to their community.

Go Vision

We are supporting Go Vision with a grant to do online cook-alongs and supply and deliver food to women in their area, especially those on low incomes, fleeing domestic abuse and living in homeless hostels.

Nergiz

It’s our pleasure to support Nergiz Kurdish Women’s Group with a small grant to help them with supporting Kurdish Women in Nottingham, including through telephone support, befriending  and welfare checks.

Mojatu

We are happy to support Mojatu UK with a small grant to help their work on providing essential supply deliveries for BME communities, as well as translation / training programmes and mental health support services.

Sisters of Noor

We are really pleased to be using our small grant scheme to support Sisters of Noor in their work with BME single mothers around some of the issues connected to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Open House

We are very happy to be supporting Open House Nottingham provide peer support to those experiencing maternal mental health difficulties. We have awarded them a small grant to cover the costs of Zoom conferencing for their session to take place online during the current social distancing guidelines.

 

Our next round of small grant funding will be opening soon, and we are looking forward to hearing from more local groups who would benefit from financial support. These grants are for Covid-19 related support, and are for small, grassroots community groups / charities with a turnover of less than £10,000 per year. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be notified when applications are open.