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Repeal the 8th - how can you help?

Repeal the 8th

Want to help the Mná na hÉireann? (Women of Ireland)

On Friday May 25th people in Ireland will be able to vote on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment, which "acknowledges the right to life of the unborn" and results in a near-total ban on abortion.

Even if you're not eligible to vote in the referendum, there are still plenty of things you can do to help, and we've listed some of them below.

Let us know any we've missed in the comments!

Ní Saoirse go Saoirse na mBan (no freedom until women are free)

#Engender25 - the real struggle

Building your future pamphlet

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

In Karen's second blog, she muses on the challenges of making real change, and why equality still seems so far off.

On the Engender: Women in Scotland's criminal justice system

women in the criminal justice system

This month I was privileged to host our podcast recording on women in the criminal justice system. Even though Scotland incarcerates more women than almost any other country in Northern Europe, this is an area which I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t given much thought before working for Engender*.

#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.

Did you hear the one about the aid executive exploiting women in Haiti?

Systematic abuseThe UK Government should dedicate budget to international development.*

International development organisations should not enable their staff to engage in sexual exploitation, or to sexually harass or assault colleagues or beneficiaries.

I do not see a contradiction within these two sentences.

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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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