A campaign group controversially excluded from Dundee Women’s Festival is now being invited to take part in the programme.
Women Won’t Wheesht, a grassroots women’s rights organisation in Scotland, heard on Monday from solicitors acting on behalf of the festival to confirm their inclusion.
The climbdown comes after the group claimed it would consider legal action after being told by festival organisers last month that their application had been rejected.
‘Our event will be included’
A spokeswomen from Women Won’t Wheesht said: “We have received correspondence today from solicitors acting on behalf of Dundee Women’s Festival and we are pleased to confirm that our event will be included in Dundee Women’s Festival 2024 programme of events.
“We do not feel it would be beneficial to prolong this unfortunate situation any longer, and we are heartened that Dundee Women’s Festival, have stressed, via their solicitors, their respect for those who advocate for women’s sex-based rights, so are confident that a situation of this nature will not happen again.”
Women Won’t Wheesht were among the groups to campaign against the Scottish Government’s plans to allow people to legally change their gender through self-ID.
Festival organisers initially said the decision to reject the group’s application was due to the organisation “not aligning with our festival values”.
They added the “unanimous decision” was made by the board and was “final”.
‘Well done sisters’
Dundee Women’s Festival has run for more than 20 years and is managed by a small group of volunteers.
The event, which runs every March, celebrates the impact of women locally and worldwide, at participating venues across the city.
Further details of the Women Won’t Wheesht event will be published in due course.
Dundee Women’s Festival was approached for comment.
Last year, the Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh reversed a decision to cancel a fringe event with SNP politician Joanna Cherry, after stating some of its staff were not comfortable with her views on self-ID.
The venue apologised, after Ms Cherry threatened legal action, and the event went ahead as planned.
On Monday, responding to the Dundee Women’s Festival development, the MP wrote on X: “Well done sisters. Another victory for #WomensRights thanks to #humanrights and #equality law.”