Fawcett Chief Executive Sam Smethers said:

"Trans people are targeted with violence, abuse and threats and so are women who speak out about the need to defend women only spaces and sex-based rights. Women's fear of male violence is real and justified. For reasons of women's privacy, dignity and safety the need for single sex spaces remains. But trans people's human rights must also be recognised and their needs must also be met. The only way forward is for both sides of this issue to be heard with mutual respect. Characterising Women's Place UK in this way misrepresents them and is fundamentally unhelpful. It is time to move this agenda forward."