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Why Women and Sectarianism?

Sectarianism is always seen as about menIt is a challenge to bring women into the discussion about sectarianism in Scotland. Sectarianism is framed, in the media, by policymakers, and in academic research, as taking place within male-dominated spheres such as football. The idea that sectarianism is just "men behaving badly" means that women can take some time to talk about the distinctive ways that sectarianism affects them.

There has been very little research done into women's experiences of sectarianism, and this work by Engender will help to overcome barriers to understanding what sectarianism means to women, and how they act and are acted upon within the context of sectarianism.

sectarianism can be seen as an excuse to abuseWhat have Engender done?

Engender have worked over the past eighteen months to bring women together to talk about what sectarianism means to them. We have held focus groups, discussion forums and our 'Women, Faith and Feminism' event, as well as engaging with organisations working on a variety of different anti-sectarianism initiatives.

You can see the results of this work along with our recommendations, in our report, The 'S' Word.

We want all projects and initiatives working to tackle sectarianism to think about gender in their work. The help them, we have created a toolkit for making sure your work works.

We have also worked with Urbancroft films to support three young women to make a film exploring women's experiences of sectarianism in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. You can see a trailer for this below. If you would like a DVD of this film, of physical copies of any of our reports, please contact Alys.

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