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Let's champion the achievements of those working for women's equality, while also challenging the cynicism of companies seeking to profit from this labourWomen’s campaign groups, equalities organisations, and individual gender advocates in Scotland do amazing things, often with very limited resources, and little attention. We are planning to highlight some of the people and groups making women’s equality happen, to celebrate their work and inspire others to take action. We’ll be doing this on Monday using the hashtag


One of the reasons we are doing this is because we have seen a surge in awards events and ceremonies that are more focused on turning profit than championing the hard work of the equalities sector in Scotland (you can read one example of that here - 'Creative Oceanic', the company mentioned in this article, are also running the Scottish Women's Awards). Often these awards will claim that nominations come from the public, but we have yet to see evidence of this on their social media channels, and they often give no information on how categories are decided or judged. To attend the "glamorous" awards ceremony, dedicated women's and equalities campaigners are asked to pay upwards of £100 per seat - illustrating just how little they understand about a sector in need of significant funding (nominees are given one complimentary ticket).

On the Engender: Gender Matters in Planning

As we continue to look at gender and public space on On the Engender, our podcast host Alys Mumford is joined by an panel of feminist voices to consider why gender matters in planning.

Here she writes on why it's so important that women are included at all levels of planning decisions:

We all have an opinion on planning. Whether we get frustrated at how far the nursery is from the residential home, feel smug at knowing a hidden cut-through which doesn’t appear on the maps, or have regular arguments with the local Starbucks about why we have to use their bathrooms because the local council shut down all the public toilets. And once you notice how bad some planning decisions are for women, you start seeing them everywhere.

On the Engender: Gender Matters in Public Transport

This month's episode of On the Engender, Scotland's feminist policy podcast, our host Alys Mumford is joined by some excellent feminist voices to take a deep dive into why gender matters in public transport.

Here she writes on her passion for public transport and why it's so important, even if it's not always the first gendered issue to come to mind:

Whenever my sister in law visits me, she brings a copy of 'the Buzzer', Vancouver's public transport pamphlet. When the Borders' Railway reopened, a friend and I made use of it on the first weekend it was running. When I travelled to Dublin to campaign for #Repealthe8th, I chose a 10 hour bus and boat journey over flying. And I still proudly carry my platinum ticket from the first day of the Edinburgh trams. So it's probably fair to say that I fall fairly firmly into the category of public transport geek.

CEDAW reports launched

Last night we were pleased to launch our shadow report on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), at a reception at the Scottish Parliament hosted by Christina McKelvie MSP, newly appointed Minister for Older People and Equalities.

Celebrating 25 years of fighting for women’s equality

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2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy and advocacy organisation. A reception at the Scottish Parliament tonight celebrates the progress we have seen for women’s rights in Scotland, and acknowledges how far we still have to go to achieve full gender equality.

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