GWD – GPW Meeting Recording

Green Women’s Declaration Q&A Event with Green Party Women 26/10/23

Why we need the Green Women’s Declaration. Discussing Sex and Gender in the Green Party.

Chaired by Zoe Hatch – Founder of the Green Women’s Declaration and Co-Chair of Green Party Women.

With: Imogen Makepeace, Sara Mai and Emma Bateman.

Green Women’s Declaration meeting – 7pm Thursday 26th Oct

As most members of Green Party Women are now aware, some members of the Green Party created the Green Declaration for Women’s Sex Based Rights which went live in August. Members of the Declaration emailed Green Party Women to ask if we would like to learn more about the Declaration and we had also had correspondence from members.

At a committee meeting, the Green Party Women committee voted in favour of inviting representatives of the Declaration to talk to our members. This meeting was due to be hosted by GPW Co-Chair, Zoe Hatch. However, since then, Zoe has been placed on a NFS (no fault suspension) after a complaint was made about an email which she sent out to our members, informing them of events which had occurred and which affected GPW as a whole and the committee members in particular.

As the recent email by Zoe’s fellow co-chair, Chesca Walton, points out, members of the Green Party who are on NFS are not able to host official Green Party meetings. However, as Chesca also pointed out in her email, we want to make clear that if the Green Women’s Declaration wish to hold their own meeting, that is their choice, and you, as members, have a right to attend.”

I am delighted to announce that the Green Women’s Declaration have agreed to host tonight’s event; they encourage members of Green Party Women to join them and they have asked Zoe Hatch to chair the meeting.

If you have already registered for the event, your existing registration is still valid and the link will work. If you have not registered for the Declaration event but would like to attend, you can register  here.

[UPDATE 13.00]

Joe Hudson-Small (sole remaining co-chair of GPRC) doesn’t seem too keen on encouraging free speech or debate. Quite why he thinks there may be a risk in attending a Zoom meeting is puzzling.

He says:

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Green Party or any constituent part of it should not be encouraging members to attend an event where a member on suspension is known to be hosting the event, as we have the safety of our members to consider.

Members are free to attend the event at their own risk.

Thank you for understanding.

Joe Hudson-Small

London representative to and acting chair of Green Party Regional Council”

 

Green Women’s Declaration Update

The weekend of the 6-8 October 2023 saw the Green Party Conference in Brighton where the party celebrated 50 years since formation. We took leaflets about the declaration and our now infamous Green Women’s Declaration banner (more about that later) determined to spread the word about our campaign.

We had many, many members come up to us and THANK us for speaking out. They felt reassured where previously they had felt fear, they felt a sense of belonging where previously they had felt isolated, they felt a sense of relief that FINALLY someone was standing up for women’s rights. Many were proud to have signed but many remain in the shadows, only able to give us their discreet support.

Some long standing members described how just by existing we are an act of resistance against the authoritarian tyranny that currently grips the party – seeking to silence women’s voices and ride roughshod over our hard won sex-based rights. Whilst we are publicly ignored by the party, we know our existence makes them deeply uncomfortable.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Dramatic events
The conference saw some dramatic events that prove we are needed now more than ever. Our GWD leaflets were torn from people’s hands, ripped up in front of them and our banner was attacked and damaged by GPW Co-Chair and Parliamentary Candidate, Chesca Walton. You can find out more by watching this video:

Article in The Critic
This sort of abuse is nothing new for Gender Critical voices within the party. Such attacks are precisely why the declaration exists. One of our signatories, Nathan Williams, has written a brilliant article about the ongoing aggression towards GC members and why this crisis needs to be addressed now, before it’s too late: https://thecritic.co.uk/it-isnt-easy-being-a-gender-critical-green/

What can you do?
So, what can you do, now, to help bring this insanity to a close? Well, if you’re a Green Party Member we urge you to share the Green Party’s own current legal advice with your local party. Ask your local party officers to distribute the advice to all members. It is a disgrace that we are having to do this when the party has had this information for months – so much damage to the party could have been prevented if GPEx and GPRC had taken action to prevent discrimination against members – but they remain silent, happy for the abuses to continue and in many instances being complicit with it. Here is a copy of the advice if you haven’t read it. It makes clear that those of us who believe in sex-based rights and single sex provisions have every right to speak out in favour of them.

If you are not a party member, you can still help! Write to your local party, tell them about the advice, say why you are no longer a member if you resigned over this issue. Don’t forget you can also urge friends to write too. Tell them we need their help, now more than ever.

With thanks for your ongoing support,
Green Women’s Declaration

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