Watch the Webinar

Watch the Green Women’s Declaration webinar in which women from the Green Party of England and Wales who have been suspended by the party for their Gender Critical views discuss how the process is the punishment in the complaints system. Chaired by Pallavi Devulapalli with guests Dawn Furness, Emma Bateman, Alison Teal and Zoe Hatch, which took place online at 7:30pm on Monday 4th December 2023.

Transcripts:

Take Action!

So many of you have already emailed us or spoken out on social media in abject shock and horror in response to the stories you heard during our webinar. Until now, the complaints process has been masked by a veil of secrecy. That means very few members have been able to truly understand the extent of our broken systems and how they are being weaponised to silence Gender Critical voices.

Many of you have also asked how you can help to further our aims to support women speaking out and advocate for women’s issues to be protected in the party.  Here are six ideas:

  1. SPEAK to someone in your local party – many members have no idea about the corruption in the party by the Gender Identity factions. Start small.
  2. Share the Webinar video and this information sheet with friends and colleagues, or on social media. Sunlight is the best disinfectant and we need to shine a light on the corruption and broken processes within the party so we can put a stop to it.
  3. WRITE to your Regional Council member –  see contacts below. Ask them about the consequences of the multiple court cases for discrimination, the real potential of bankruptcy, and the ultimate collapse of the entire Green Party.
  4. Help us build a body of evidence demonstrating harm to the party. We know that people often make public statements on Social Media when they leave the party over this issue, will you help us collect those statements by forwarding them to evidence@greenwomensdeclaration.uk We want to demonstrate that the leadership’s continued silence on this issue only perpetuates harm to the party and to our hardworking members and campaigners.
  5. STAND for a Governance Position – we need sensible Green people in the room to counter extremist ideologues and help to put our party back on track. Multiple positions are available either on an annual or rolling basis. Green Party Executive – (GPEx – Next election Jul 2024), Green Party Regional Council (GPRC – Next election rolling normally 2 years), Disciplinary Committee  (DC – next election rolling dependent upon vacancies), Standing Order Committee (SOC – Next election Oct 2024) Drop us a line and let us know if you are interested in standing at a national level, if you’re curious one of our team can give you more information about what’s involved.
  6. VOLUNTEER to support our campaign. Drop us a line at info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk to let us know you want to help. We’d love to hear from you.

2023-12-04 GWD Webinar The Process is the Punishment – Information Sheet

 

Green Women’s Declaration webinar: The Process is the Punishment

Monday 4th December 2023  7.30 – 9pm

Register for the event here

Following the Declaration zoom in October when some of the founding members spoke about why the Declaration was created, members of GWD are holding a second panel event.

  • Does the Green Party really do politics differently?
  • Why have so many committed ecofeminists been punished by their own Party?
  • How are women harmed by this process?

At this Green Women’s Declaration webinar, you will be able to listen to the story of 4 women who have been punished by the process. Special guests: Emma Bateman, Dawn Furness, Zoe Hatch and Alison Teal

Email questions in advance to info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk

Launch of Scottish Green Women’s Declaration

Women’s hard won sex-based  rights are being silenced in the Scottish Green Party, according to a group  of women members, ex-members and their supporters.

“There now exists a chilling atmosphere of censure and fear within the Party, which affects not only free speech but free thought,” they state in an open letter – the Scottish Green Women’s Declaration for Sex-based Rights – addressed to the party’s leadership and published on the website www.scottishgreenwomensdeclaration.scot where signatures can be added to the declaration.

“Women’s rights, based on the reality of biological sex, have been eroded within the SGP, as elsewhere in society. We believe the consequences of this are extremely damaging for women and girls,” the Declaration states.

“We are all members or supporters of SGP, or former members who have resigned in frustration, or been forced out of membership, or have been expelled or suspended because of our commitment to the legitimacy of advocating for women’s sex based rights,” says the Declaration.

The Scottish Green Women’s Declaration group is also opening a petition on the ipetitions.com website to gather further signatures of those who support their stand. (www.ipetitions.com/petitions/scottishgreenwomensdeclaration)

Newsletter 14/11/23

 

Huge thanks to all who joined us for the meeting we hosted on Thursday 26th October to discuss the Green Women’s Declaration (GWD). We were thrilled by the number of attendees!

As you may know, this meeting was originally scheduled as a Green Party Women (GPW) event, until Zoe Hatch (the duly elected GPW co-chair) was issued with a No-Fault Suspension (NFS) and the meeting was obstructed by the remaining GPW co-chair, Chesca Walton, who has previously made several complaints against Zoe, calling for her to be put on a NFS and expelled.

Joe Hudson-Small (acting chair of the Green Party Regional Council) then sent an email to members, insinuating that people may not be ‘safe’ to attend our meeting, because it was chaired by a person on a No-Fault Suspension (i.e. Zoe), concluding that ‘members are free to attend the event at their own risk’. Needless to say, GWD completely rejects any notion that people attending the meeting would be unsafe in Zoe’s extremely capable hands as chair.

Despite all attempts to thwart the meeting, over 160 people came to listen, learn, contribute, and support. Fantastic! We had an open, informative, respectful discussion, where people were free to speak out without being accused of ‘hate speech’ or being disciplined. And it was wonderful to hear Emma Bateman, currently expelled from the party, speaking so eloquently about her situation and about women’s sex-based rights. How very sad that such a meeting was disallowed as a bona fide Green Party Women meeting. We need to get to the point where such a meeting can be held within the auspices of the Green Party.

You can listen to a recording of the meeting here
The Court decides…

Closing statements in Shahrar Ali’s court case are due to be heard on 21st November. We hope that a judgement in favour of Shahrar’s right to hold and express ‘gender-critical beliefs’ in a political party will clear the way for real change inside the Green Party and guide it back towards being a place where healthy, open debate is encouraged, as it should be in a progressive, democratic party.

It’s an emergency…

Let’s get laser-focussed on tackling the Climate Emergency, the devastating damage being done to the natural world, and the pressing need to create an inherently equitable and fair global economy. Fighting for women’s sex-based rights is part of this massive, vital project. Let’s have an end to wasting precious time battling ‘No Fault Suspensions’ and the like. An end to authoritarianism. Let’s get our Green Party back!

If you want to help…

Many people have reached out to us, following our October 26th meeting, asking what they can do to help. Here are a few ideas:
1. You could talk to someone in your local Green Party who you think might be open to listening and see if they’d be up for signing the Declaration.
2. If you feel you have enough support, you could ask to hold a discussion about the Declaration in your local party. Do feel free to contact us if you need further support.
3. You could follow us on Twitter and retweet or ‘like’ our posts.
4. You could donate to GWD. The small group of women who developed and are running the Green Women’s Declaration are doing so entirely voluntarily. However, our work entails some costs which we could dearly do with help to cover e.g. website hosting, fees to MailChimp for our mailing list, developing resources such as our banner & flyers. If you can spare a regular donation, or even a one-off contribution, for our work we would be very grateful and promise to put it to good use in the cause of women’s sex-based rights within the Green Party and wider environmental movement

Please click here to donate

Above all, keep campaigning #ForWomenAndPlanet
Thank you once again for your support.

 

1000 Signatories and rising!

Together we are being heard – Together we’re spreading the word 

Word is spreading about the Green Declaration for Women’s Sex-Based Rights. It’s been so exciting to see the growing number of people adding their names each day, since the launch on 4th August. People in and around the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) are speaking up through the Declaration, voicing their commitment to the importance of affirming women’s sex-based rights. Together we are being heard and together we’re spreading the word!

We’ve hit 1,000 signatories at the end of a milestone week, in which Shahrar Ali, former Deputy Leader of the GPEW, has taken the Green Party to Court, claiming that the Party has discriminated against him because of his ‘gender critical belief’.

The Maya Forstater case demonstrated that Gender Critical belief is ‘Worthy of Respect in a Democratic Society’. Shahrar Ali’s aim is for his case to put down a marker that Gender Critical belief is worthy of respect in a political party, too.

This test case has the power to accelerate a return to open, respectful debate and mature politics, for the sake of the dignity of women, the safety of children and freedom of speech across the political spectrum.

Five full days of trial ended this week, with witness testimony from both sides and cross-examination. Closing arguments will be heard on 2nd October, after which time the Judge will announce a verdict.

We await with bated breath!

You can catch up on the case at Open Justice with Tribunal Tweets

 

 

Shahrar Ali vs GPEW – in court this week

In February 2022, Shahrar Ali initiated a course of legal action against GPEW following his unjust treatment as the Green Party national spokesperson for Policing and Domestic Safety. Shahrar maintains that he was subjected to a coordinated campaign of discrimination and victimisation because of his gender critical beliefs. This week, 21-25 August 2023, the Green Party will be in court to hear the case.

To follow the proceedings on Twitter see Tribunal Tweets

Monday 21 August afternoon – procedural matters plus examination of Shahrar Ali by Catherine Casserley, barrister for the Green Party.

Tuesday 22 August morning to mid afternoon – examination of Shahrar Ali by Catherine Casserley

Tuesday 22 August midafternoon to end of day – examination of Shahrar Ali by Catherine Casserley

Wednesday 23 August morning – Shahrar Ali concludes examination and Julia Lagoutte and Zoe Hatch are cross examined

Wednesday 23 August afternoon Part one & Part two– Mary Clegg begins and commences examination

Thursday 24 August morning Part one & Part two – Jeffrey Jupp begins cross examination of Molly Scott Cato

Thursday 24 August afternoon Part One Part two – Cross examination of Molly Scott Cato continues

Friday 25 August morning Part one & Part two – evidence from Molly Scott Cato concluded, evidence from Elizabeth Reason begins.

Friday 25 August afternoon – there is only one thread for the afternoon as the court rose before 4 pm. Evidence from Elizabeth Reason and Jonathan Bartley.

To donate to Shahrar’s costs see CrowdJustice