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Dear International Policing Assistance Board,

RE: Stonewall WEI: research into Private Voluntary Regulation and the SDG.

This is a request under the FOI Act.

Throughout 2021, many public bodies have released info on their Stonewall Workplace Equality Index applications, and feedback from the charity Stonewall. Some replies seem to be long overdue.

In July 2021, Stonewall released a statement stating that "the number of organisations who are part of the [Diversity Champions] programme has grown by 30 in total in the year to 1 June 2021".

This growth in numbers is despite numerous public bodies publishing their WEI applications and feedback, including full disclosures from the Scottish and the Welsh Government's. So, this clearly indicates that there is no threat to Stonewall's commercial interest from transparency by public bodies.

In 2017, Judge Ranzoni pointed out, in his dissenting opinion on an ECHR case, on coercive sterilisation as a pre-condition of legal gender recognition,: “In this regard the judgment highlights the existence of a “trend” towards the abolition of this requirement [sterilization]. I acknowledge that there exists a certain trend in Europe, but it is, as demonstrated above, only recent. Is this sufficient justification for narrowing considerably the margin of appreciation, which is in principle a wide one? I doubt it. Societies are moving only gradually towards abolishing sterilisation as a prerequisite for legal recognition of the gender identity of transgender persons.”

Yet, across the Council of Europe, 22 countries continue to enforce a sterilisation requirement.

This is despite the landmark 2017 opinion, Garcon and Nicot v France, when the Court held that, by conditioning gender recognition on submission to ‘a sterilisation operation or medical treatment creating a high probability of sterilisation’, France had violated the applicants’ right to private life under Art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

That context is worth repeating: It was only in 2017 that more than twenty member states of the Council of Europe were obliged to reform their legislation with regard to legal gender recognition, in order to remove the compulsory condition of sterility.

Ranzoni said that there was “an absence of consensus among the member States on this specific aspect”.

He stated that, to the extent that gender recognition rules might obstruct or destabilise a coherent family law system, there would be a compelling justification for circumscribing, or appropriately limiting, those rules. For example, after a huge national debate, the Swedish Parliament passed a law abolishing the sterilisation requirement with effect from 1 July 2013.

On 6 November 2015, a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without the need for sex reassignment surgery and forced sterilisation was approved by the French Senate.

In light of these developments, would you please release:

- Any dates of submissions made to, and any feedback received from, the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in the three most recent years.

- The complete dates of your membership of any Stonewall schemes, and if you intend to continue membership in the future.

- If your submission was evaluated anonymously by Stonewall, or any communications that indicate otherwise.

Yours faithfully,

Rosie Cochran

NPCC FOI Request Mailbox,

Date Received: 17/09/2021


The following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act was received by NPCC on the date listed above.

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NPCC FOI Request Mailbox,

Dear Rosie,

Thank you for your request below.

Unfortunately you have addressed it to the International Policing Assistance Board, which has not existed for several years (see the below links)




Please advise who you would like this request directed to, as in its current form it is invalid. As a suggestion you could direct it to the International Portfolio, although I am unsure what information they would hold on Stonewall. Alternatively you may wish to direct it to the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Coordination Committee who may be more relevant.

Please note I have put you request on hold until I hear back from you. If I do not hear from you by the 15/10/21 - I will consider the request withdrawn and no further action will be taken.

Kindest regards,

Fiona Greenlees
[email address]

On behalf of and supporting:

Sherry Traquair
NPCC Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker
National Police FOI & DP Central Referral Unit (NPFDU)

National Police Chiefs’ Council
M | 077 685 53447
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