Ever since Baroness Kishwer Falkner was appointed chair of the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Fee (EHRC) in 2020, she has been monstered for merely doing her job. Basically, she maintains that the EHRC’s function is to guard everybody’s rights – and never simply to advertise the popular line of trans foyer teams.

For this, she has come beneath assault from petulant activists each within the trans foyer and inside the equalities watchdog itself. A bunch of EHRC staff has accused her of ‘bullying’. In the meantime, organisations like Stonewall and Liberty have mobilised to have the EHRC discredited internationally. As with all girl who declines to roll over earlier than the trans mob, Falkner has additionally discovered herself branded a ‘Nazi’ and ‘transphobic’ on-line.

The interior witch-hunt started earlier this 12 months, when an inventory of allegations about Falkner’s conduct had been compiled right into a file. Workers reportedly accused her of issues like rolling her eyes and creating an ‘unsafe’ working atmosphere. Because of this, a KC-led investigation into her behaviour was attributable to happen, though this was paused final week.

A few of the techniques of these looking for to undermine Falkner’s management have verged on the deranged. Final 12 months, an activist group known as ‘Pissed Off Trannies’ stuffed 60 bottles with urine, which they then positioned across the EHRC constructing. An identical stunt was repeated two weeks in the past.

It’s not simply fringe nutters who’ve joined within the witch-hunt. Three makes an attempt have now been made to ‘inform’ on the EHRC to GANHRI, a UN-affiliated worldwide community of human-rights teams. In June final 12 months, the Good Legislation Mission and 30 different civil-society organisations wrote to GANHRI calling for the EHRC to lose its ‘A’ standing, which denotes compliance with sure human-rights rules. These efforts have thus far come to nought.

MPs have tried to carry her down, too. Final month, Labour MPs Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle accused the EHRC of ‘taking rights away’ from trans individuals. Quickly afterwards, Channel 4 Information aired a particularly biased hit job on Falkner, which purported to show ‘regarding proof of a poisonous tradition contained in the fee, with claims of bullying, harassment and discrimination’. A supply on the EHRC instructed the Each day Mail: ‘[Falkner] is the lady breaking woke and now they’re attempting to interrupt her.’

The job of the EHRC is easy. It exists to make sure that the Equality Act is upheld and that every one so-called protected traits are revered, together with ‘intercourse’ and ‘gender reassignment’. Beneath Falkner’s management, the EHRC has sought to make clear the place the legislation stands when rights based mostly on ‘intercourse’ and ‘gender reassignment’ conflict or work together. For example, it has revealed steerage on the legality of single-sex areas and on the that means of intercourse within the Equality Act. It has additionally supplied recommendation to the Scottish authorities on its proposed adjustments to gender-recognition legislation. These are exactly the sorts of issues the EHRC was set as much as do. Earlier leaders in recent times, nonetheless, have largely ignored their obligations to guard sex-based rights and have as an alternative taken their cues from the trans foyer, which views organic intercourse as an inconvenient fiction.

The function of EHRC chair was as soon as a reasonably nameless one. Falkner’s predecessor, David Isaac, loved comparatively little media scrutiny. A 12 months after his departure, he peevishly complained that Falkners’ EHRC was ‘being undermined by political stress’ from the Conservative authorities. However coming from somebody who was chair of Stonewall between 2003 and 2012, such criticism is hardly surprising. Notably, certainly one of Falkner’s first strikes as chair was to withdraw the EHRC from the Stonewall Range Champions programme.

As a current Telegraph report has revealed, earlier than Falkner arrived, the EHRC would frequently give recommendation that might have been written by any trans ideologue. For example, the EHRC as soon as warned a college that if it didn’t enable pupils to make use of the single-sex amenities that matched their ‘true gender id’, this ‘would represent an act of discrimination’. The EHRC’s solicitor even wrote to the top instructor, urging the varsity to assist certainly one of its pupils in altering gender.

Different paperwork seen by the Telegraph reportedly present an excessive amount of contact between the EHRC and Mermaids, the trans foyer group that’s at present beneath investigation by the Charity Fee. That is the legacy of ideological seize that Falkner has been attempting to undo, to be able to restore a wholesome stability of rights.

The EHRC is not the poodle of transgender foyer teams and Falkner’s opponents are livid that she gained’t come to heel. Crucially, as chair, she just isn’t with out assist.

In recent times, progress has been made in countering the propaganda of the trans foyer. A raft of latest gender-critical teams, from the LGB Alliance to Intercourse Issues, has had a constructive influence in defending sex-based rights. There’s now way more consciousness concerning the risks trans ideology poses to girls and youngsters. And folks will not settle for that trans teams like Stonewall know finest.

So maybe it’s no shock that the employees rebellion in opposition to Falkner has been extensively recognised as an tried coup. Channel 4’s ‘exposé’ of Falkner’s conduct additionally confronted a swift backlash for its one-sided reporting. Most significantly, Kemi Badenoch, minister for girls and equalities, this week vowed to forestall Falkner from being hounded out of her function.

The excellent news is that in the present day, individuals who converse out in opposition to trans extremism are not shouting within the wilderness. They’ve a justifiably indignant majority on their aspect.

Jo Bartosch is a journalist campaigning for the rights of girls and women.