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Let a Woman Speak...Discussing the Gender Recognition Act!

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This is the 2nd LAWS meeting giving women a chance to discuss the government’s proposed changes to the GRA/Self-ID. This time in Plymouth!

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“Let a Woman Speak…discussing the Gender Recognition Act” is the second event that Let a Woman Speak (LAWS) has organised in the South West, giving space for women to come together to discuss their concerns regarding the government’s proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) and its imminent consultation, and how those changes will affect the rights of women and children all across the U.K.

Our first event was pulled together in the space of only ten days, and was a huge success with women traveling from all over the UK to support us. Our mission was simple: we wanted the silencing of women to cease; we wanted women to speak.

Following the event, LAWS has gone from strength-to-strength, with its own organising committee, website, and plans for academic research.

Please visit us at www.letawomanspeak.org and sign up for regular newsletters. You will also find more information on the site that explains the proposed changes to the GRA and why it’s vital that every woman in the country is aware of what this may mean for her, and her daughters, sisters, mother and friends in the future.

And now, we are proud to announce our second event - this time over the border in Plymouth. The event will consist of four talks by prominent voices in this fight, with plenty of time for audience questions. Once the main event is over, the evening will conclude with socialising at a bar - which we have discovered is vital for women to get together and network, building connections with other women who believe it’s important not to lose the rights our ancestors have fought hard for. It’s especially poignant that we are fighting to make our voices heard in the centenary year of women being given the vote.

The Plymouth event will be held on Saturday 25 August, Chaired by the brilliant Councillor Louise Paine, and we have the pleasure in welcoming the following speakers:

Stephanie Davies-Arai - is a parenting consultant and teacher trainer, writer, speaker, author and women's rights campaigner. She was a prominent member of the successful No More Page 3 campaign and is the founder of the organisation Transgender Trend, a group of parents who challenge the transition of children. She contributed a chapter to the best-selling book 'Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body' published by Cambridge Scholars last year. TT produced a schools resource pack, providing guidance for schools, and a recent successful crowdfunder will allow the resource pack to be distributed to UK schools.

Miranda Yardley - iconoclastic transexual, who writes about the politics of sex and gender, free speech, and how “the left is eating itself.’ Miranda is a leading activist and Labour Party Official, who has come under fire frequently during debates over self-ID and proposed changes to the GRA, notably during challenges over tweets made by Lily Madigan, Labour’s Women’s Officer.

Dr Nic Williams - is a research scientist specialising in biology, who has written a number of articles reviewing science and statistics behind the transgender debate, and a study on transgender prisoners. Nic is spokeswoman for Fair Play for Women, who is currently crowdfunding to launch a major information campaign with a programme of films, legal explainers, info packs and workshops designed to inform people about the government’s consultation.

Abigail Rowland - former secondary school teacher and published poet, who stood up at our Truro event and gave a brief, moving account of her experiences living with an autogynephile husband. Abigail will be expanding on her experiences by speaking for us at the Plymouth event - it’s an area which we feel deserves a bigger voice in the current debate on sex and gender.

Please note: views expressed by the speakers are wholly their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisers or audience.

We welcome anyone who is willing to listen and engage respectfully.

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