Twitter Users Throw Support Behind Woman’s Place UK Ahead of Brighton Meeting
The population of Twitter has come together today to express their support for Woman’s Place UK, a campaign intended to ensure women’s voices are heard particularly in the debate around proposals to change the Gender Recognition Act., after their Brighton meeting threatened to be cancelled this evening, despite previous protests against the organisation.
In a Tweet announcing the cancellation of a booking at tonight’s event, called ‘A Woman’s Place is Turning the Tide’, Woman’s Place UK reinforced their determination to ensure that the meeting would go ahead regardless:
The cancellation of a booking for our Brighton meeting is yet another example of how women are prevented from speaking and organising. This kind of action bullies women into staying silent and out of the public arena. We won’t tolerate it. The meeting goes ahead.
— Womans_Place_UK (@Womans_Place_UK) July 14, 2018
In response, hundreds of Twitter users have thrown the weight of their support behind Womans’s Place and tonight’s meeting, by publicly voicing that they stand with the campaign:
I’m with @Womans_Place_UK because they are making reasonable, honest, non-hateful, non-violent arguments for women’s voices to be heard, their concerns accepted as valid & their rights protected.
— Charlotte Perkins (@CharliePerks66) July 15, 2018
Tonight’s meeting, which will unequivocally go ahead as planned, will host to a discussion on the Gender Recognition Act, with a wide range of speakers in attendance.
This isn’t the first time that events put on by Woman’s Place UK have come under threat: alarmingly, their meeting in Hastings was met by a bomb threat, that Hastings Police are investigating as a serious incident.
The group has also been met by protests across the country at other meetings. In Bristol, members of Sisters Uncut – a women’s rights organisation – called for the Woman’s Place meeting to be cancelled, as they believed that the discussion on whether or not non-transitioned trans women should be allowed into female-only spaces will be reduced into the discrimination and scaremongering of the trans community.
Speaking to Bristol Live ahead of the protest, a spokesperson for Sisters Uncut said: “People’s existence is not up for debate. We don’t discuss the womanhood of cis women [non trans-gender women], so why should we discuss the womanhood of trans-women.”
They also went on to note that there is no evidence that allowing trans-women into female only spaces will pose any threat to women.
Tonight’s meeting is sold out but if you wish to follow the discussion, it will be posted on the Woman’s Place UK Twitter.