The Green Party must respect our sex!
The Green Party must respect our sex!
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Latest: 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 …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.
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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