Green Party Governance, Policy & Law: Sarah Phillimore in conversation with Jude English

The Green Women’s Declaration will be holding our next webinar at 8:00 PM on Monday 26 February with special guest Sarah Phillimore in conversation with Jude English, chaired by Zoe Hatch.

Sarah is a family law barrister working in child protection law, an author and a co-founder of the campaign group ‘Fair Cop’. Sarah and Jude will be discussing the favourable outcome of cases for Jo Phoenix and Rachel Meade and examining them alongside the recent Shahrar Ali vs GPEW judgment. They will consider how these rulings impact on future legal action that is threatened against The Party for its continued unfair and discriminatory treatment of Gender Critical members.  If you would like to pose a question to Sarah or Jude please email us in advance

Register now at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsd-moqzwjHtyLqSl3kXhO4J2m1DbYwpAG

Statement on the judgment in Shahrar Ali’s case:

‘Worthy of Respect in a Political Party’

Today a judge has ruled that the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) has been acting unlawfully in discriminating against ‘gender critical’ members, who assert their belief that a woman is an adult human female and that women’s sex-based rights must be fought for and won. We thank and congratulate Shahrar Ali, who has bravely stuck his neck out for all of us in pursuing his case.

GPEW leaders and people in executive positions have either actively engaged in naming and shaming ‘gender critical’ members or stayed silent while it happened. A chilling atmosphere of fear and censure has affected us all.

We urgently need to reform processes and structures inside the party that are currently wide open to manipulation, and which have allowed this top-down authoritarian culture to take hold.

Immediately, we call for:

  • The resignation of the GPEW CEO and the Chair of GPEx and an apology from Party Leaders to all ‘gender critical’ members.
  • The immediate disbandment of the GPEW’s failing Disciplinary Committee.
  • Disciplinary investigations to be outsourced from now on, lawfully conducted, without bias and fully compliant with the ‘ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary Grievance’,
  • The immediate lifting of disciplinary sanctions that have been imposed on GC members through No Fault Suspensions and expulsions, including Emma Bateman’s 3 expulsions, on the basis that the Party has been acting unlawfully and all such decisions are now rendered unsafe.
  • Immediate out of court settlements in favour of the three GPEW ‘gender critical’ plaintiffs with pending court cases, so that GPEW members’ money is not further wasted on legal costs.
  • A statement of welcome from the GPEW leadership to all members, inviting them to exercise their lawful right to express their beliefs and opinions.

Today is a sea-change moment for the Green Party and the whole membership needs to be engaged in deciding a new, open, and democratic way forward. Let respectful, free speech be welcome and all voices heard, not least the 1400 plus signatories of the Green Women’s Declaration. There’s lots of work to do, but this judgment has given us a key to open the gateway to change.

The time is now!

Green Women’s Declaration

For information about upcoming legal cases see this page

 

 

Green Party Women Committee Elections 2024

Thank you to all the women who have applied to become part of this year’s committee. All of the candidates’ statements can be found below. This year none of the committee posts are contested and every candidate pledges to defend women’s sex based rights. Green Women’s Declaration encourages you to vote for them all.

Candidate for Co-chair 1 – JUDE ENGLISH

A women’s group must be able to function freely and without interference in our party.
Women must be free to speak and act to support women’s lives, to develop policy for women. This is not our current reality. I have witnessed that discrimination, abuse of power and denial of free speech is rife.
Shutting down the women’s group for months was an overt act of discrimination. Punishing women like Zoe Hatch for speaking about our rights is overt discrimination. Our leadership continues to deny us our rights, disrespects us and denies our oppression as a sex class.

As your chair I will continue to demand that authoritarian legal and moral malpractice ends. Women must reclaim our rightful place in our own party.
My professional background is as a Renewable Energy specialist. I joined the Green party after the Stern Review made clear the economic and social costs inaction on ecological and climate breakdown will bring. Women will bear the brunt of our failure to act on ecological and climate breakdown and the social breakdown that this brings. I’ve been a councillor in Bristol for 8 years, am a founding signatory of the Green Women’s Declaration and eco-feminist lesbian.

Candidate for Co-chair 2 – TINA ROTHERY

Within the Green Party, there’s a rich seam of untapped potential in the uniting and empowering of the women. And it’s through ‘Green Party Women’ that we will gather ourselves and organise. I’d like to again be at the heart of this powerhouse of a group and to continue to stand strong for its very existence. I’ve been Co-Chair on three previous occasions and am again asking for your trust and your vote.

There’s no denying the challenges our committees have faced these past few years, with Committee members who speak out for the protection of hard-won sex-based rights, experiencing unprecedented censorship and punitive measures. It will be impossible to fill the shoes of people like Zoe, Mandy, Lucy, Nicola and others who have put so much into the recent Committees but it will be an honour to try.

With elections on the horizon, a genuine distaste for the other parties and every reason to believe change and opportunity will come, the GPW Committee of 2024 has a big role to play.

I bring passion, enthusiasm and a deep desire to grow GPW to its full potential so that GPEW and the planet thrive as a result of our actions.

Candidates for Secretary – SUE WILLIAMS and KAREN KRUZYCKA (job share)

Sue says: my activism has been varied and has often centred women’s rights, including setting up my local Women’s Rights Network group and being a founding signatory of the Green Women’s Declaration.

As current Secretary, I value communication with our members and have always responded promptly to members who have reached out to me. I have hosted the monthly book club and successful film events. Along with other members of the committee, I represented GPW on a national march against violence against women and girls and at a reception to honour Afghan women.

Karen says: I have been an active member since joining GPEW. I have served on the Equalities & Diversity Committee and Disability Group Committee, and later the Green Party Regional Council. I have used my expertise & enthusiasm to help the GPEW nationally, and London Region specifically to improve accessibility standards; I’ve also made impactful contributions to the Culture Working Group.
Sue’s neurodiversity and Karen’s sight impairment have given us a personal understanding of the difficulties which disabled women face when they wish to become more involved in our Party. We will seek to ensure Green values are embedded across the party and that diversity is embraced.

In standing for election, our key objectives are:
• To support the voices and needs of women within the Party
• To ensure GPW is consulted on all policies which can affect us
• To foster community & solidarity between ecologically-focused women, through GPW events and clubs.

Candidates for Membership Secretary – HAZEL PEGG and JESS GOLDFINCH (job share) 

Hazel says: From Greenham Common in the early 1980’s to the Green Women’s Declaration 40 years later I have known the power of female solidarity when confronting the patriarchal war machine and institutional misogyny. Now we are in a climate emergency where globally women, as a sex, are disproportionately affected and their empowerment is essential to our work as environmentalists. Green Party Women is an important part of our Party, trying to keep the needs & strengths of women & girls at the forefront of our Policy making. On a practical level I was Membership Secretary of my local Party for a couple of years so understand the role.

Jessica says: Green Party-bio: 20-year membership; Former City Councillor/ Chair of Licensing; PPC; House of Lords shortlist; Disability & DC committees.
Membership and its retention are the life of an organisation. Membership support can be practical, facilitate training and conflict resolution and be pastoral, as required, in complete confidence within safeguarding protocols. All of this needs to rely of good governance namely: responsiveness, participation, transparency, consensus orientated, accountability, effectiveness & efficiency, equality and to follow the rule of law. Hazel is adept at the technical side of the role, maintaining privacy for our members and keeping accurate records. I look forward to learning from and working alongside her.

We say: Vote for us because Green Party Women is its membership, for women and planet.

Candidate for Treasurer – ANNE BAKER

I am standing for the post of Treasurer, as this is a role that I enjoy. I have several years of experience of the role, both within political parties and community groups. As current treasurer I have provided regular reports to the committee and completed the quarterly returns to the Green Party. I have been an active campaigner for many years, including more recently as a member of Green Party Women. As a party of science I believe it is important for us all to keep up to date with the latest news, which is why I am currently studying environmental management. This will enable me to improve my knowledge in this area, and help me understand how best to implement Green Party values and priorities in relation to the environment. This is particularly important for The Green Party Women’s committee, as women and girls (as a sex) are most affected by negative changes in society. If re-elected I would like to be able to focus on fundraising possibilities, to help more women become involved. I would also like to continue hosting Green Witchers, as well as supporting other events arranged by the new committee.

Candidates for Non-portfolio Roles
LIZ MANSFIELD and AMANDA STONES (job share)

We’re excited at the prospect of working as a non-portfolio job share team for GPW. We care passionately about the future of life on our beautiful planet and the need for urgent action to address climate change. We know that 80% of people worldwide affected by the climate crisis are women and we’re both signatories to the ‘Green Declaration of Women’s Sex-Based Rights’.

We are advocates of democratic, non-authoritarian ways of organising and are saddened to see the current divisions in GPEW, which we believe are deepened when discussion is shut down and pathways to mutual understanding and reconciliation are closed.

We want GPW to be a welcoming place for women to share, support, grow ideas and actions together; empowering women inside the party to work for the changes in our world so urgently needed.

A bit about ourselves:
Liz: I’ve been a GPEW member for 20 years and was chair of North Surrey GP for over 10, before moving to Lewes. Actress, singer, writer, mother, grandmother and activist since 1968, I’ve been a proud feminist and campaigner for women’s rights, social justice and the environment, all my life.

Amanda: I am a lifelong feminist and environmental activist. I’ve always been active in my local green party(s). I’m a graphic designer with above-average IT skills, which I’ve used to improve party communication materials and to support local election campaigns. I’d like to work this way for GPW – taking on tasks within the team which match my skill set.

SIOBHAN SCANLAN and RACHEL HARDY (job share)

Siobhan: Hi, delighted to run again for GPW: was privileged to work with great women in GPW’s social media team in 2023 & involved in all events we managed to run.
I’d love to work on more campaigns on health & fairness for women without harassment this year.

My bio: woman, mother, Green, Irish, working class, anti-racist, trade unions & health: not always in that order. Worked in the voluntary sector & criminal justice before becoming a midwife when my daughters were young. Midwifery centres women (& their babies!) & biological sex is key re women’s health & inequalities.
Retired now & can devote more time to eco feminist politics.

Rachel & I will work hard to ensure Green Party Women speaks for women inside & outside GPEW & that GPEW truly welcomes science & critical thought.

Rachel: I am an instinctive feminist joining women’s groups at university. My women’s peace group supported Greenham and the miner’s strike.

I became a social worker working with children with disabilities, saw the devastation caused by lack of resources. I looked for a political party that would right that.

I knew we had a serious climate problem and following a talk by Adrian Ramsay, joined GPEW. I was an activist for 10+ years, becoming distanced when identity politics came along. It was a relief to find GP Women and focus there.

A late autism diagnosis changed my attitude. Only recently have I felt able to do more; hence applying for this position.

LINDA (Loppy) OUBRIDGE and SARAH BOND (job share)

I’m Loppy, I would like to be elected to Green Party Women as non-portfolio. I have been a peace and environmental campaigner since the 1970s. I’m a lifelong feminist and, having worked with vulnerable adults with severe learning disabilities I firmly believe in single sex intimate care for all women and girl’s safety.

I was at Greenham Common over the winter 1981-2, helped start Burghfield Peace Camp and then worked for Quaker Peace & Service, organising NVDA training & the Dorset Star March. I was a member of organisation of the Big Green Gathering from the start. I have been in the party for over 20 years and am a mother & grandmother who wants to ensure that we leave a habitable world for all our children.

I’m Sarah. I have always had a passion for the environment and women’s rights, and I am dismayed at where ‘we’ are and what we are doing to our planet. I know that climate change
affects women & girls disproportionately, and how important it is to understand the impact of Green Party policies on women within the Party and in wider society.

Green Party Women provides an essential space for discussions, events and social gatherings (Green Twitchers, Book Club etc), and I am keen to be involved in helping to engage with all our members. Having been on various committees (PTFA / Scouts) I know I have the enthusiasm, ideas and organisational skills to help make GPW an even better space for us.

 

 

Stand up to the bullies – joint letter to The Observer

The issues raised in Jo Phoenix’s judgment should ring alarm bells with leaders of political parties, which, like universities, are bound by the Equality Act to treat members and employees fairly (“Vindictive, cowardly leaders bowed to the gender bullies and failed Jo Phoenix”).

The judgment is clear: belief in the material, social and political salience of sex is not bigoted, and organisations that facilitate the denigration and harassment of those who hold such a belief are engaging in unlawful discrimination. Yet in our parties – Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party – gender-critical members continue to face a hostile environment, including smears, abuse, intimidation and administrative attempts to justify or engineer our expulsion.

The Labour party now explicitly supports upholding the single-sex exceptions in the Equality Act, but those who express their support for this policy still face vilification. In a recent act of self-harm, the party suspended its local byelection candidate in Hackney just days before the election, after apparently mistaking her support for women’s rights (Labour policy) with transphobia.

Until party leaders find the courage to stand up to the gender totalitarians, incidents like this – which both damage parties’ credibility and leave them legally vulnerable – are bound to continue.

Lynn Alderson, Labour Women’s Declaration; Zoe Hatch and Emma Bateman, Green Women’s Declaration; Zoe Hollowood, Liberal Voice for Women

 

Emma Bateman – Expelled Again!

I have been expelled for a third time by the Green Party gender zealots in GPRC. I know there are women hating lurkers who will be cheering at the news that I am out again, but i hope they understand that my lawyer will be cheering even louder as the party keeps handing over chunks of evidence that they are harassing and victimising me because of my gender critical views.

If anyone here is unaware, I was expelled in January 2023, I appealed  in March 2023,  the complaint was sent back to disciplinary committee and heard in May 2023  , i was expelled again, appealed again in July 2023, the complaint was sent back to the disputes complaints referral group and was found to be unreasonable , which would normally mean it should be dismissed according to GPEW guidance , but (uniquely) it wasn’t dismissed, so a new appeals committee strung out making a decision until November when the expulsion was overturned and my membership was reinstated.

Now the extremists who are running the party have overturned that again and expelled me again. I have not been told why other than it has been decided that the appeal  process was not done properly. Appeals decisions are meant to be final, but GPRC have stuck in a new clause to make sure that an appeal will just be heard over and over again until the GPRC  extremists get the decision they want.

Given that it took 13 weeks of their pissing about to make the last decision, the gender zealots will either string it out for another 3 months as a punishment , or they have already decided to expel me again permanently.

So for the same complaint , I have had 2 complaint hearings, 2 appeal hearings, + a re-examination by a different appeals committee, a separate consideration by DCRG,  legal advice from party lawyers and now another appeals committee is going to re examine it  all over again.
This is the process is the punishment.
This is what will come out in court, and the party WILL lose.

 

Thank You!

1300+ members and supporters have signed our declaration! Delighted to have such high-profile support. Thanks, Jenny, Bea, Tina, David, Rupert, Robin, Darren & Jonathan, and all of YOU. Together we are stronger.

Green Women Speak Out: Why We Need a Green Women’s Declaration

GWD WEBINAR

Monday 22 January 2024
7.30-9.00pm

In this Webinar, three Green Party members will speak about their own lives. They will address why the protection of single sex spaces for women is important to them; how the eradication of women’s sex-based rights has affected them and their communities and, above all, why the Green Party needs to urgently make the changes necessary to allow for open and respectful debate amongst its membership. Followed by Q&A. In a General Election year, it is vital that Green Party policies and practice address the needs and rights of women. Please join us to find out more about our views. All welcome!

Email questions in advance to info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk

Speakers:

Shabanah Fazal: “I am an ordinary Green Party member, retired secondary teacher, mother and grandmother. I voted for decades for Labour but became disillusioned with them over the Iraq war. I joined the Green Party for their core environmental purpose; pro-European stance and also because at that time, unlike Labour, a couple of prominent Greens were willing to stand publicly for sex-based rights and respectful debate.”

Lucy Watson: “Former committee member of Green Party Women and Green Party Disability Group. Currently suspended for expressing my opinions, on the Party’s closed internal women’s forum, about Gender Identity Theory being made into law and public policy”

Annie: “I joined the Green Party because I believe that climate change is the most important issue of our time. But the Green Party also needs to help create a fairer society for all, and that ‘all’ should include women.”

Chair: Cllr Zoe Hatch, Green Party Women Co-Chair

Zoom registration:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIod–przgjH9KEp3cgiTO2kqikL3MOVM2f#/registration

BBC report on Green Party Women

The Green Party has cut official ties with one of its largest members’ groups amid a dispute over the party’s stance on sex and gender.

Senior members of Green Party Women (GPW) claim the group was “disaffiliated” because of their promotion of “gender-critical views”.

A Green Party spokesperson said it suspended GPW for procedural reasons.

There are divisions within the Green Party about its approach to trans rights.

The party’s official position is that it supports transgender people and backs making it easier to change legal sex via self-determination.

But there are long-running tensions with members who hold gender-critical beliefs, which includes that a person’s sex cannot be changed.

Read more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-67546751

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