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Our bodies, our choice: the case for a Scottish approach to abortion

The devolution of abortion law as part of the Scotland Act 2016 also provides Scotland with the opportunity to develop a Scottish approach to women’s reproductive rights, incorporating improved, modernised and standardised service provision underpinned by a progressive devolved legal framework. Such a change to the legal framing of abortion should reflect international best practice and be developed following engagement with women, practitioners, and human rights and gender advocates in Scotland.

This report, supported by Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Close the Gap, NUS Scotland and Amnesty International Scotland sets out the current situation around abortion in Scotland, and makes a number of recommendations to the Scottish Government.

Date of publication: December 2016

Filename: Our-bodies-our-choice---the-case-for-a-Scottish-approach-to-abortion.pdf | File size: 1871KB | Tags: gender matters in health, abortion, our bodies choice
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Gender Edit of A PLAN FOR SCOTLAND: THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMME FOR SCOTLAND 2016-17

This document is a ‘gender edit’ guide to the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2016-17. It includes all extracts that refer directly to women and gender, and selected text on issues where there are clear implications for women and girls in Scotland, such as social security and unpaid care. The Programme for Government confirms the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the opening year of the parliamentary term and it is worth noting that many of the policy and funding commitments set out are not new announcements.

September 2016

Filename: A-GENDER-EDIT-of-A-PLAN-FOR-SCOTLAND---THE-GOVERNMENTS-PROGRAMME-FOR-SCOTLAND-2016-17.pdf | File size: 493KB | Tags: programme for government, gender matters in politics and power
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Gender 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.

Supported by: Carers Scotland, Close the Gap, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Women's Aid, Inclusion Scotland, The Poverty Alliance, BEMIS, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Irish Heritage Foundation, Rape Crisis Scotland, the Sottish Women's Budget Group, Zero Tolerance, the Young Women's Movement in Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the Wheatley Group, Barnardo's Scotland, Oxfam Scotland, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, One Parent Families Scotland.

Published: March 2016

Filename: Gender-matters-in-social-security---individual-payments-of-universal-credit.pdf | File size: 3541KB | Tags: gender matters in social security; split payments; universal credit
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Gender and the Workplace Parliamentary Briefing

A parliamentary briefing ahead of the debate on Women and the workplace in the Scottish Parliament on June 29th.

Date: June 2016

Filename: Gender-and-the-workplace-parliamentary-briefing.pdf | File size: 353KB | Tags: gender matters in employment
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Securing Women's Futures: Summary of Recommendations

A summary of recommendations from 'Securing Women's Futures: using Scotland's new social security powers to close the gender equality gap'.

June 2016

Filename: Securing-Womens-Futures---summary-of-recommendations.pdf | File size: 2257KB | Tags: gender matters in social security;
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Securing Women's Futures: using Scotland's new social security powers to close the gender equality gap

This joint report from Engender, Close the Gap, Scottish Women's Aid, the Scottish Refugee Council and Carer Scotland summarises why and how women are affected by social security policy and sets out ways in which new powers can be engaged to increase women’s equality in Scotland. Our recommendations are presented in terms of systemic gender inequalities that dictate the impact of social security policy on women – paid work, unpaid work, domestic abuse and multiple discrimination. We also highlight experiences of women with whom we work. It is this documenting of daily realities and of growing anger, fear and stress that remains the basis of our call to action on women’s social security.

June 2016

Filename: Securing-Womens-Futures---using-Scotlands-new-social-security-powers-to-close-the-gender-equality-gap.pdf | File size: 538KB | Tags: gender matters in social security;
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