The Green Party must respect our sex!
The Green Party must respect our sex!
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Latest: Oct. 21, 2023
Still Expelled, Still Fighting while the Greens are Swaddled in Rainbows
I thought it was time for an update on the last couple of months of my battle with the Green Party over women's rights.
As a quick reminder, I was expelled from the Green Party after a disci…Read more
Who am I?
I am Emma Bateman, recently re-elected for my third term as Co-Chair of Green Party Women (GPW). This is the group which exists to empower and connect women members of the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW).
I was first elected in 2019 and during 2020 GPW ran an active group keeping women positive and connected during lockdown.
I was re-elected Co-Chair in 2021 but was almost immediately given a no-fault suspension for speaking up about women's sex-based rights. I was reinstated, even though the issue is still unresolved, but the rest of the Committee were not willing to work with me because of my views - in short, I am of the opinion that sex and gender are different and that humans can't change sex.
On 21 January 2022 I was elected as Co-Chair for the third time - with a substantial majority. The GPW Committee held its first meeting on 3 February and on 4 February I was again given a no fault suspension. This was beginning to look like a pattern.
Why do I need to raise funds?
I have been a member of the GPEW for over a decade. I spent my time campaigning locally and took little notice of the affairs of the central party. I assumed that the GPEW had sensible policies, based on science, that were arrived at by consensus after thorough discussion and reflection. I believed that we did politics differently.
In 2015, GPEW passed a motion at Spring Conference that enshrines in our policies ".......... trans men are men, trans women are women, and that non-binary identities exist and are valid......"
This was not a simple equality motion; it was the beginning of the adoption of anti-women and anti-science policies promoted through gender ideology. The absolutist approach of those who advocate for those policies, is turning left-leaning parties into places where ideologues cannot be challenged.
This authoritarian crushing of dissent should alarm everyone, because democracy is dependent on the free exchange of ideas and opinions from all perspectives.
Since I became interested in the effect of this policy, and started to question and challenge it, for instance whether a trans woman could really be female, or whether it was fair that a man self-identifying as a women should be allowed to compete against women in sport, I have been vilified and traduced by Green Party members and subjected to harassment by being suspended and unsuspended in a game of Cat and Mouse.
What will my legal action achieve?
Some people may wonder why I am taking this action against the Green Party at a time when climate change should be at the centre of everything we do, and I understand that. But if our policies are not founded on objective reality, we will have no credibility with the wider public. This renunciation of science-based policies at the very moment that evidence-based solutions are crucial to address climate change is reckless.
The Green Party of England and Wales party has discriminated against members for their belief, founded on science, that a person cannot change their sex and it has failed to protect those members from harassment.
It is hugely disappointing that we have to fight these battles by legal action and it only diverts money and energy away from legitimate campaigns that the Green Party should be running. But all internal attempts to be heard have failed.
Please support me to bring sense and science back to the Green Party.
The way that political parties have abandoned women in their pursuit of the woke vote is dismal. This is a cross-party problem, with the Labour party, the Lib Dems, and the Women's Equality Party all demonstrating similar contempt for their female members. Countless women (because no one really is counting) who are left leaning, kind and considerate have been made to feel as if we are bullies and bigots simply because we recognise that in some circumstances sex matters.
In 2017 I became aware of the influence of identity politics, and it seemed obvious that allowing men to self-identify as women and to have access to women-only spaces, prisons, sports and rape crisis shelters would be detrimental to women. I was shocked to discover that my teenager and his friends had all been taught gender ideology at school, and that they could not comprehend why women might feel it necessary to have female-only spaces.
In my network of friends and associates I knew of 10 teenagers who identified as trans. One troubling aspect to this was that many of the girls were daughters of staunch gender non-conforming feminists who had fought against restrictive gender stereotypes. These girls, like their mums, did not fit into the confines of the pretty pink box.
The 'trans men are men, trans women are women and non binary identities exist and are valid' policy is taken literally, and members who have voiced misgivings have been treated as pariahs by the governing bodies and party leaders who have used their power to demonise gender critical members with the slur that we are bigoted and anti trans.
In 2020 I proposed a motion to the Autumn Conference which called for a review of the language used in law, in government bodies and NGOs to ensure that when data is gathered on sex and gender, accurate sex-separated data is collected. This motion along with another (which called for the rights of women to be re-affirmed in the GPEW) were branded as 'anti trans' and 'against Green Party values'. Party leaders and luminaries, along with LGBTIQA+ Greens and Young Greens urged members to vote against them.
I brought the same motion back to Spring Conference 2021 but it was removed from the agenda just before it was due to be heard after a suspect decision made by the Chair of the session.
In December 2020, one of the elected Co-Chairs of Green Party Women was a trans woman who identifies as female. This made the national news after several women resigned from the party in protest. I questioned the idea that we must affirm that trans women are female, and whether party policy was in essence 'trans women are female'. This led to my first no-fault suspension. I believe that I was reinstated because of the Maya Forstater ruling (that gender critical belief is "worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and does not conflict with the fundamental rights of others") though no clear explanation was given. I was warned that I could be re-suspended if my behaviour created 'a risk to an individual, group or the party.'
On 23 January 2022, two days after my re-election as GPW Co-Chair, a group of Scottish Green Party members chastised voters for electing me, tweeting that they were “disappointed and frustrated yet again to see the ongoing transphobia in GPEW”.
In the tweet they made reference to the fact that I had signed the Women's Declaration International (WDI) which supports the sex-based rights of women and girls. My second no-fault suspension followed on 4 February after a complaint made by a high-profile party member.
On 10 February 2022 a late motion was submitted for the GPEW Spring Conference. This motion calls for the 'permanent suspension' from the party of all members who have signed the Women's Declaration International".
It is clear that the disciplinary processes of the GPEW are skewed towards measures that remove and silence gender critical members, and it saddens me that the GPEW has repeatedly failed to uphold women's sex based rights.
I am raising funds to instruct expert lawyers to investigate my complaints of discrimination and to enter into pre-action correspondence (the first steps in the Court process) with The Green Party. I will of course keep you updated throughout the case.
Oct. 21, 2023
Still Expelled, Still Fighting while the Greens are Swaddled in Rainbows
I thought it was time for an update on the last couple of months of my battle with the Green Party over women's rights.
As a quick reminder, I was expelled from the Green Party after a disciplinary hearing in January 2023 for saying people can't change sex, men are not women, males are not females. I appealed and the case was sent back to the disciplinary committee to be re-heard. I was expelled again and I appealed again. That 2nd appeal was heard in July and the outcome was supposed to be decided within 2 weeks. I have been waiting for 3 months so far. A month ago I was told would hear “shortly.” There is no indication from the Green Party about when they will get round to making up their minds. No one from the Green Party will respond to my emails, and it appears that the only way I will get a reply is when they have to face me in court.
I sent my last update on August 21st just before the start of Shahrar Ali vs the Green Party. I attended all 5 days of that hearing and plan to go on November 21st for the summing up.
Listening to the case evoked a variety of emotions, the overriding ones being astonishment at the paucity of the Green Party defence and anger at the failure of those in leadership positions who chose to allow the vilification of Gender Critical members to continue or in some cases, appeared to actively encourage it. Witnesses for the party exhibited mixtures of hubris, vindictiveness and more rarely, remorse for the part they played in it coming to court.
I am a founding signatory of the Green Women's Declaration which was set up by Green Party members, ex members and supporters to promote and uphold women's sex based rights. We have over 1160 signatures so far and hope to add to a collective critical network of people speaking out. Signatories do not have to be Green Party members, so if you have not added your name, please consider doing so and ask your friends to sign too. You can read and sign the declaration here.
The Green Party Autumn Conference was held in Brighton on the weekend of 6-8 October. As an expelled member I was not allowed to attend, but I went to Brighton anyway to meet up with friends and talk to members about the financial implications of the Greens reckless disregard of the law, something the party has been very reluctant to discuss with members. I wrote and printed a leaflet, and in between visiting friends I gave them out to members outside the conference venue. On the Sunday a friend joined me with a banner and leaflets about the Green Women's Declaration.
Chesca Walton, a highly strung co chair of Green Party Women who demands inclusivity and kindness, took exception to the Green Women's Declaration banner, and took it upon herself to tear it down. I recorded the exchange I had with her moments afterwards, and you can watch it here.
The incident has been reported to the police and to the Green Party.
At the beginning of October the Green Party showed its commitment to trans rights extremism at any cost when it adopted an absurd 'queerphobia guide' for use in disciplinary cases. The trans activists have been pushing the guide for a couple of years. I objected to it in 2021 but the Green Party Regional Council (GPRC) brushed aside criticisms and concerns and endorsed the guide unanimously. Those who know the law say the guide would be in breach of the Equality Act 2010. We shall find out for sure when my case comes to court.
I have been restrained in my criticism of the party over the last couple of months as I did not want to give GPRC an easy excuse to continue my expulsion. It is evermore obvious that the Green Party is in thrall to the extreme gender ideologues and that faction includes members of the current and former leadership team, and that the CEO is doing the equivalent of hiding under the duvet hoping all the nasty TERFs will slide away.
I refuse to let women with integrity and gumption continue to be smothered by cowards and chancers. I am very confident my legal action will be successful, however to bring this case to court will cost a great deal of money, and so as ever, all donations are very much appreciated, and if you can help to publicise my case by sharing it with colleagues, friends and contacts, I would be immensely grateful.
Aug. 21, 2023
The Green Party of England and Wales is in Court this week
I thought I would write an update to let people know that my case against the Green Party is progressing steadily.
As I expect many people will know, Shahrar Ali Vs the Green Party of England and Wales commences today (21/08/23). I will be in London all week to observe the proceedings, and I wish Shahrar the very best of luck. I have witnessed some of the behaviour he has been subjected to, and greatly admire his fortitude in always managing to remain calm, polite and reasonable in response.
Whatever the final out come is of this case, I think it is going to be very interesting to hear what the Green Party has to say about the way Shahrar has been mistreated. I believe the pattern of behaviour that he has had to contend with is similar to the behaviour I have faced over the past few years: repeated vexatious complaints, name calling and open hostility from members and officers who themselves are rarely reprimanded.
For my own part, I am still waiting to hear the outcome of my second appeal against my expulsion resulting from a complaint made by two senior Green Party members. I was expelled from the party in January 2023, I appealed, and the complaint was sent back to the disciplinary panel for a second hearing after which I was expelled again, and so I appealed again.
The appeals committee usually gives its decision within two weeks. I have been waiting for four weeks so far since my second appeal with no indication of when I might get the final decision. I hope that this is because the party is finally realising that the disciplinary system is not outside the law, and that GPEW has legal obligations towards its members, and it cannot remove my membership on a whim just because it disapproves of my political stance on women's rights. The complainants were open about the fact that they submitted the complaint in order to prevent me from attending GPEW conference in 2021. Perhaps they did not realise that depriving a member of membership benefits because of that members respectable political opinions is not in line with the Equality Act.
Some people have queried why, given the way the Green Party has treated me, I am still trying to get back in. I think that it is important to challenge party processes, especially those of the disciplinary system, and each time a complaint is brought against me I do my best to point out the flaws and the biases I think are evident in the way complaints are dealt with.
The push back from Gender Critical members is growing, and a group of Green Party members and ex members recently set up the 'Green Declaration for Women's Sex Based Rights'. This has been signed by over 920 people so far, and I am pleased to be one of the founding signatories.
We hope that the declaration will send a message to the party that far from being a 'very small number of people', as ex coleader Sian Berry suggested, there are many members , perhaps a majority who in line with the general population, believe that sex is a vital defining factor necessary for upholding women's rights.
If you have not added your name, please consider doing so. You can read and sign the declaration here.
It is extremely important that political parties are held to account, and that certainly needs to happen in the Green Party where at all levels from the very top to the bottom, the gender ideologists have held sway and used their influence to demonise and vilify Gender Critical members. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has donated to my case so far. Unfortunately it will come as no surprise that my case will cost a lot of money to bring to court, and while I am very confident that when it does, I will win, I would be grateful to anyone who can to donate to my crowdfunder.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
May 22, 2023
Expelled Again! - an update from Emma vs the Green Party
I was expelled from the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) in January after being accused of a host of misdemeanours stemming from refusing to pretend that people can change sex.
My expulsion is supposedly necessary to protect the reputation of the Green Party, though I do wonder what reputation in regards to women's rights the party believes it has left. It was said during my disciplinary hearing that the statement 'people cannot change sex' is against party policy because apparently official Party policy is that people can change sex. This is quite a startling claim for a party of science, and it must be challenged.
The January expulsion misfired as it was found to be procedurally incorrect, and I have remained demurely mute while wending through an appeal and a second disciplinary hearing, because discussing complaints can trigger further complaints and I have a queue of those already.
The upshot of the recently held second hearing is that I have been expelled again.
This disciplinary merry go round has garnered some useful information to assist my legal action, so whilst it has not been pleasant to attend these struggle sessions, evidence has emerged that the complaint that I was expelled for was submitted with the purpose of preventing me attending the 2021 Green Party spring conference.
It will be interesting to see how that knits with the Equality and Human Rights Commission advice to political parties which avers that a political party must not discriminate against members in how they allow them access to a benefit, facility or service. These services include 'participating in national, regional or local party meetings, conferences or events.'
I intend to appeal this second expulsion whilst continuing the legal action because although I would love the Green Party to stand up for its core principles of freedom of expression and belief, I have not seen a shift towards upholding those values, and it seems instead that the Greens are continuing to chase a course of coercive control over members with gender critical beliefs.
The Green Party did well in the recent local council elections – I would suggest that this was in spite of the Party's focus on gender ideology rather than because of it. As attention turns to preparation for a general election, Grass roots organisations like 'Sex Matters' and 'Women's Rights Network' are going to ask prospective parliamentary candidates for their stance on women's rights. Greens cannot expect to win hearts, and will certainly not win minds whilst the Green message continues to be 'if you don't believe trans women are women, you are transphobic and so we don't want you in the party, but please vote for us anyway.'
We need to take this fight right into the heart of political parties, and I have a solid legal team who are working to do that. We are winning these cases when they get to court, but getting there is a costly journey. I realise funds are stretched for many people and there are a lot of worthy causes to chose from, but it is crucial that we stake out our essential right to speak plainly and honestly about sex and gender. This case is not just about the Green Party. I believe it will make it easier for women in all parties to speak more freely, and so I appreciate any support that you can give me through donations, and through sharing and amplifying my case with family, friends, and colleagues.
March 8, 2023
Celebrating International Women's Day
On International Woman's Day, 2 years ago today, I was first suspended from the Green Party. After 4 No Fault suspensions and 2 Disciplinary suspensions for speaking up about women's rights, I was expelled in January 2023.
The complaint hearing that resulted in my expulsion was illuminating, and it was clear that leading Green Party officers are adamant that the protected characteristic of sex should be subservient to the protected characteristic of gender re-assignment. Apparently it is fine to punish Gender Critical members more harshly, because men identifying as women doesn't affect women personally, whereas misgendering is a crushing personal slight.
I am still waiting to hear whether my appeal against the expulsion will be accepted as valid – it was submitted a month ago. Wheels can turn slowly in the party when it suits!
We have seen other left leaning political parties, albeit reluctantly, recognising the need to address the conflict of rights over sex and gender. Unfortunately progress in the Green Party on supporting women's sex based rights appears minimal. Gender Critical members continue to face abuse and complaints, and it really does appear that the Party will not address this issue until they are forced to in court.
My legal team and I are continuing to build the evidence for my case against the Green Party (there is a lot of it!) I am very confident about the legal action, and the more we hear about the pernicious effects of gender ideology in places like the Tavistock clinic, the more resolved I am to see this hammered out in court. Political parties are selling out women, and we deserve better.
I have had tremendous support from the Gender Critical women in the Green Party, and I also want to thank the Cambs and Herts Women's Rights Network, who I am honoured to say featured me in their series of women to mark International Women's Day, and the lovely women with whom I spent this morning gathering signatures for the Sex Matters petition
I appreciate that times are very tough for people, but please support and share my crowdfunder if you can.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Feb. 1, 2023
Expelled from the Greens for speaking up for women
As some of you may know, a couple of weeks ago I was expelled from the Green Party (GPEW). I expect it will come as no surprise to hear that the complaint that triggered this expulsion is centred on my gender critical beliefs.
It has come as quite a shock, as I believe that that the evidence against me is extremely poor. I will be appealing against the decision because it is important to challenge the structures and processes in the Party that are being employed in an unjust way against members. It is tempting to put the “evidence” that was used to expel me out in the public realm to show how ridiculously threadbare it is, but I have been advised that this will not help my case or my appeal. All I can say is that it is a real shame that so little progress has been made on recognising the validity of different opinions in GPEW since July 2020 when Bea Campbell observed of the debate on sex and gender “Clearly, there is a debate and there isn’t: it is mangled in the party’s disciplinary – rather than democratic – processes.”
I spoke to Graham Linehan about my expulsion a few days ago. You can watch that interview here
Despite this expulsion, my determination to challenge the discrimination against members with gender critical beliefs is as strong as ever. I have received a response to my legal claim from the party and the case is progressing. Meanwhile, trans activists continue to demonise dissenters, especially women, calling members like myself TERF's, Bigots, and transphobes with the aim of shaming and intimidating us into silence. These tactics will not work, and only serve to increase my resolve to stand up to the histrionic bullies.
The row erupting over the Scottish Gender Recognition law has drawn attention to the consequences of the policies of self ID endorsed by the gender ideologists, and as the details of males in female prisons, teenagers detransitioning, and the erosion of women's sex based rights emerge, the public wants clear and coherent answers as to how to balance and protect all of our rights to dignity and safety.
So I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me to express their support for this legal action, your encouragement makes a real difference. I would especially like to thank friends in Green Party Women for having the courage to publicly show their support for me.
I am sure that my case forms an essential component in the network of legal challenges being mounted in defence of gender critical opinion, cases that are furnishing people with the tools to revoke or amend the policies and practices that have allowed gender ideology to dominate our social and political institutions.
So thank you to everyone who has shared, discussed, and supported my crowdfunder. Your continued help is vital because as Helen Joyce said , we have just got to win!
Dec. 4, 2022
Developments - My Claim Against the Green Party
It is high time I gave an update on what has been going on with my case.
This week I served my particulars of claim on the Green Party (GPEW) outlining the unfair treatment dished out due to my gender critical beliefs. This legal action seeks to shape space for women in political parties to speak boldly about ourselves.
I am a Green: I want the Green Party to thrive. I am not aiming to damage the Party, I am taking this action to protect it from the harm done by the gender ideology cheerleaders.
It is obvious that women need the backing of the law, and the Green's snail pace slide to a slightly better system will not suffice. It took decades to build our credibility, and our reputation for having a strong ethical approach is failing as women are censored for speaking of our sex.
Maya Forstater's case proved firmly routing our rights in law is vital, and I believe a win in one political party will ripple through others.
It has not been an easy task to sift back through the last few years of emails and social media and feel the reheated anger at the times I have been tagged a transphobic bigot (some will be familiar with this feeling), but with the help of my solicitor Elliot Hammer, and good friends I am confident that we have put together an excellent case.
I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has given me their support so far. I know times are tough and that crowd funding of cases is a crowded field. We have a way to go with this case, and I am grateful for any donations and support (Please share my crowd funder!).
Some Background For Those Who Don't Know Me
I was elected as co chair of Green Party Women in January 2022, but was suspended for 6 months for expressing gender critical opinions. I have taken a step back from the committee, though I totally support them, and Green Party Women remain the focus of scrutiny from party bodies who regard anyone who knows what a woman is as 'a problem'
Taking legal action is not a path anyone wants to tread, but I feel that there is nothing else that will make the Green Party face up to the conflict between the magical thinking of Self-ID and down to earth material reality of Sex Matters.
We have waited patiently for change, but in the past short while:
Green Party member Alison Teal was No Fault Suspended for (I believe) saying placing a male sex offender in jail with women is a serious issue we must discuss.
A motion calling for unquestioning support for Drag queen Story Time was pushed above the climate at conference,
We are unsure if within party “safe spaces”, we can yet say men are not women without being slapped with a disciplinary sanction.
The Green Party continues to prevaricate: gender critical voices are begrudgingly tolerated but are not defended, and as all political parties are twisting over women's' words, we have to thresh this out to court to establish common lore knowledge on sex matters.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Aug. 12, 2022
My case against the Green Party (GPEW) - claim issued.
Hi, I want to thank everyone who has supported me, and give you an update. I do really appreciate your help so far, and I am determined to bring this to court to remind political parties of all shades they must respect our sex.
My claim against GPEW and Caroline Lucas (Representative of all members of GPEW) for discrimination, harassment and breach of contract has been issued.
My claim will focus on the period 2020 to the present time, though the Green Party has been a hostile place for women with gender critical beliefs for far longer than that.
I have named Caroline Lucas because she is a prime example of the women in positions of power in the Party who have refused to make the GPEW a place where all women are welcome. Caroline et al enthusiastically joined with the demotion of sex as subservient to gender, and with the exception of baroness Jenny Jones, for many years the leadership and elected officials have shied away from giving any support to members who know sex matters. I have previously challenged members of the leadership to stand up and state clearly that gender critical members are welcome in the party. Not one of them has responded. Instead they have actively pursued a policy of derogating and demonising gender critical members.
So that you can understand the claim, and know what your money will go towards if you choose to contribute to my campaign, the following are convenient headings:
Generalised harassment. One part of my claim focuses on the type of harassment and discrimination that many of us have been subjected to, such as being called a “terf”, ‘bigot” and a “transphobe” by members for being “Gender Critical;
Attacks on my policy positions, such as those motions I brought to conference which attempted to protect women and girls but which were labelled transphobic;
Attacks on me on social media (twitter, Facebook), but also in traditional media.
Implementation of “no fault suspensions” which I believe were in order to silence me and stop me taking part in policy at critical times at conference;
Imbalance in the disciplinary process and punishments doled out to those members who hold gender critical beliefs.
I am grateful to those brave women who have had the strength to stay strong and maintain the courage of their convictions, and who have fought through the courts to establish that knowing sex matters is perfectly reasonable, and that we have a right not only to hold that belief but to express it. Too many organisations, political parties, NGO's and other bodies have failed to stand up for women, so we have to hammer out our rights through the courts. We are winning, and I am confident that the victories of Maya Forstater and Allison Bailey demonstrate that the kind of harassment and discrimination that the GPEW has encouraged against gender critical members will prove to be illegal in addition to being morally disgraceful.
I am taking this action against the GPEW because the principal purpose of the Green Party should be to prevent ecological decline and combat climate change: those are the real immediate challenges facing society. It is essential to have a strong courageous party championing the environment, and whilst the Green Party recognises that social justice is essential to achieving climate justice, trampling on women's rights makes a travesty of any claims to social justice, and damages the reputation of GPEW as a party rooted in science.
Thank you for your continuing support to bring this case to make GPEW realise that they cannot implement internal policies that permit unlawful discrimination. Green Party policy and procedures cannot trump statute.
March 24, 2022
I went on Graham Linehan's show 'The Mess We're In'
Hi, I spoke on Graham Linehan's show 'The mess We're In' .
I gave an update on what is happening in the Green Party and the legal action (and even spoke a bit about climate change!).
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I am very grateful as I know spare cash is not easy to come by. I have a great legal team and I assure you that whatever you can give will be wisely spent.
I believe that this legal action will assist people in all organisations and parties to have the confidence to know that standing up for our sex based rights is our lawful right (and we can win!)
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March 17, 2022
I won’t be silenced because my silence will not protect us
This is an extract from the talk I gave at the Women's Declaration International webinar on 12th March . I speak about why i wont walk away from the Green Party and leave my friends in the firing line.
(3) I won’t be silenced, by Emma Bateman of Green Party - YouTube
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I am really grateful for your generosity. I have a good legal team and I believe that if we win this case , all political parties will take notice and reassess their stance on women's rights.
Please share widely,
You can see the whole talk here:
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