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All of Engender’s latest news. Reports, reviews, books, articles, and information from across Scotland’s women’s sector.

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Dear Social Security Committee, Let's talk about split payments of Universal Credit

On March 1, the Social Security Committee of the Scottish Parliament met to discuss the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, and we were encouraged by the brief discussion on split payments of Universal Credit.

Engender joins equalities organisations to launch tool to improve political representation

We’re really excited to have launched our Equal Representation in Political Parties online tool and app, which we hope will help increase representation of women in political parties in Scotland.

#FeminismOnFilm: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

As Team Engender sat down to plan ways to mark our 25th Anniversary at the beginning of the year, we happened upon this very timely list of 25 feminist films due out in 2018.* With this list in mind, we issued a call-out to our members for reviews, reactions and thoughts on how women are represented in film this year.

Our first review is from Kay, a linguistics graduate of the University of Aberdeen and who is currently working as an English teacher in Tokyo. This review contains spoilers, so continue with caution if you haven't seen the film yet.

*OK, it’s 26 films. We won’t tell if you don’t.


[CN - rape, suicide]

Engender needs you... to make work visible!

Last year we asked women in Scotland to share their days with us as part of our Making Work Visible project on International Women's Day. This year, our Making Work Visible project is back and even bigger than before.

This year, Engender are running a photography project to show all of the different things women in Scotland do. We are looking for people to take part in this photography project to tell us about women’s lives across Scotland.

#Engender25: Engender's early days and the challenge of definition

Karen Watson

Engender is working with the University of Stirling to host a student placement who will be exploring Engender's archives as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Karen Watson worked for a large financial organisation for almost 20 years before deciding to return to University to follow her dream of getting involved in feminism and gender equality studies. She lives with her son, two cats and a dog and hopes to go on to PhD study in the Autumn.

Here's her first blog for Engender, charting the early discussions about purpose, vision, and the challenge of definition.

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Related publications

Gender Matters in Social Security: Individual Payments of Universal CreditGender Matters in Social Security: Individual Payments of Universal Credit A paper calling on the Scottish Government to automatically split payments of Universal Credit between couples, once this power is devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Gender Matters Manifesto: Twenty for 2016Gender Matters Manifesto: Twenty for 2016 This manifesto sets out measures that, with political will, can be taken over the next parliamentary term in pursuit of these goals.

Scottish NGO Briefing for UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against WomenScottish NGO Briefing for UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Joint briefing paper for the UN Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

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