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FiLiA will release a full response later ...

The @Commonswomequ just published a report on 'Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission'

Chapter 7 is dedicated to Balancing Rights in Single Sex Services…
The report highlights 2 particularly difficult areas:

1️⃣ commissioning single-sex services
2️⃣ the ability of organisations to use Equality Act exceptions

Single Sex Exemptions are re-outlined, with a quote from the @EHRC Codes of Practice

Ch 7:
1️⃣ Of concern: '... commissioners appeared to be commissioning gender-neutral services in breach of the public sector equality duty' and “that will not enable the aims of equality set out in the Equality Act to be full achieved.”
1️⃣ Recommendation:
2️⃣ The ability of service providers to use the exceptions was dealt with excellently by @K_IngalaSmith from @nia_endingVAWG who 'argued that a women’s refuge that admitted trans women was a mixed-sex refuge'
2️⃣ Recommendation:
Feeling very proud of the FiLiA team for stepping forward on this issue. I know some were (understandably) nervous, but this report vindicates all of us who did make that brave step.

We hope it encourages more to do so.

#Sisterhood and #Solidarity
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