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Consultation responses

Responses to consultations undertaken by Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament committees, Scottish public bodies, and UK public bodies.

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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Electoral Reform

In December 2017, the Scottish Government launched its consultation on electoral reform. Among its many questions on the future of elections in Scotland, the Scottish Government has focused on possible reforms to anonymous voter registration as well as to improving gender balance in elected office.

Equal representation across politics and public life is a key issue within feminist agendas, and Engender has long advocated for women’s increased representation in both political and public life.

Date of publication: March 2018.

Filename: Engender-Response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultaion-on-Electoral-Reform.pdf | File size: 548KB | Tags: equalrepresentation publiclife quotas
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Engender Submission to the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights Call for Evidence on the Impact of Economic Reforms and Austerity Measures on Woman’s Human Rights

This is Engender's response to the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights call for evidence on the impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on woman’s human rights.

For years, Engender has worked with women and women’s organisations in Scotland to provide evidence on how the UK Government’s economic reform policies are breaching women’s human rights, and to lobby for policy change.
We are very pleased to present some of this evidence here. Our response mainly focused on social security policy, as well as provision of social care, violence against women and legal aid services in the UK.


Date of publication: March 2018.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-UN-Independent-Expert-on-Foreign-Debt-and-Human-Rights-call-for-evidence-on-the-impact-of-economic-reforms-and-austerity-measures-on-womans-human-rights1.pdf | File size: 632KB | Tags: international womensrights austerity
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Scottish Women's Sector Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Gender Recognition Act

This is a joint response from national women's equality organisations Close the Gap, Engender, Equate Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women's Aid and Zero Tolerance to the Scottish Government's consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (2004).

In it, we express broad support for the Scottish Government proposals, confirm our view that the proposals won't undermine the safety and dignity of women accessing women-only services, and make some detailed recommendations around next steps

There will be an event on May 22nd at which all are welcome to come and discuss this consultation response. You can find out more information and book on our events page.

Date of publication: March 2018.

Filename: Scottish-Womens-Sector-response-to-the-consultation-on-proposed-changes-to-the-Gender-Recognition-Act.pdf | File size: 479KB | Tags: equalrecognition genderrecognitionact
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Engender Response to the Scottish Parliament Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Inquiry into Sexual Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct

This is Engender's response to the call for evidence to the sexual harassment inquiry by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Engender's Parliamentary and Policy Manager, Emma Trottier, appeared before the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee to speak on this topic on February 1st 2018.

Date of publication: January 2018.

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Engender Response to the Public Consultation on the Proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to Monica Lennon MSP consultation titled ‘Ending Period Poverty’, which proposes to introduce a Bill in the Scottish Parliament which would provide women and girls with access to free menstrual products.

Date of publication: December 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-consultation-on-the-Proposed-Sanitary-Products-Free-Provision-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 499KB | Tags: poverty health womensrights
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Engender Submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland

Engender welcomes the opportunity presented by this independent review to consider the ways in which Scotland might respond to the gendered social phenomenon of misogynistic harassment and hate speech.

The aim of Lord Bracadale’s review is to consider “whether the law should be clarified and harmonised, and whether additional protected groups should be included” . Our submission attempts to reflect on the shape and impact of misogynistic harassment of women in Scotland, and to generate ideas about how this might be disrupted.

Date of publication: November 2017.

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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee Scrutiny of Draft Budget and Spending Plans 2017-18

Engender works in Scotland to advance women’s economic, social and cultural, and political equality with men. We make visible the ways in which women’s inequality impacts Scotland, and bring women together to make change happen.

We welcome the focus of the Equality and Human Rights Committee this year, as it anticipates the Draft Budget in its call for evidence. In response to the Committee’s questions on priorities and gender gaps within Budget 2016-17 and the budget process itself, we make two key points.

Firstly, we describe the way in which Scottish Government topline policy priorities around gender equality are not adequately reflected in the budget, and the consequential impact this has downstream on policy outcomes. Secondly, we describe a solution that could integrate policy priorities with the budget process, and ensure that public expenditure in Scotland was allocated in a way that reflected the needs of women and men in Scotland: adding gender budget analysis to the budget process.


Date of publication: October 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Equality-and-Human-Rights-Committee-scrutiny-of-Draft-Budget-and-Spending-Plans-2017-18.pdf | File size: 331KB | Tags: budget feministeconomics genderbudgetanalysis
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Women's and Equalities Sector Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Socioeconomic Duty

As a coalition of national equalities organisations, we welcome the opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s proposals for the socio-economic duty and the principle of the socio-economic duty itself. We commend Scottish Government for giving serious consideration to addressing socio-economic disadvantage through its ambitions for the socio-economic duty.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: Equality-sector-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-Socioeconomic-Duty-September-2017.pdf | File size: 680KB | Tags: equality womensrights faireconomy
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee Call for Evidence on the Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the call for evidence on the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

As highlighted by Engender in its response to the call for written evidence on gender balancing measures on public boards in Scotland in 2014, policy changes are needed to tackle gender inequality across the public sector; to break down the barriers to women’s equal participation in public life; and to eliminate gender imbalance in leadership, authority and decision-making across public, political, social and cultural institutions.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-call-for-evidence-on-the-Gender-Representation-on-Public-Boards-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 778KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics publiclife
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Committee’s call for views. Over the last two years, we have worked with our partners at Scottish Women’s Aid, Close the Gap, the Scottish Refugee Council and Carers Scotland to highlight the link between women’s inequality and the existing UK social security system.

Date of publication: August 2017.

Filename: Engender-Response-to-the-Scottish-Parliament-Social-Security-Committee-on-the-Social-Security-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 662KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Response to the Police Scotland Consultation on the ‘Policing 2026 Strategy’

Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to Police Scotland on the Policing 2026 Strategy. The structure, roles and strategy of Scotland’s police force is of vital importance in both preventing and addressing violence against women and girls, and progressing gender equality in Scotland. In order to deliver actions and services that meet the needs of both men, women, boys and girls, it is vital that any policing strategy takes a gendered approach to how it thinks about the main risks, challenges, opportunities and demands in the Scottish context. We would like to see a police force that puts equality at the heart of its strategy.

Date of publication: August 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-Police-Scotland-Policing-2026-Strategy-Consultation.pdf | File size: 346KB | Tags: criminaljustice
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Equally Safe Delivery Plan

Engender welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Equally Safe draft delivery plan.

As a women’s equality policy and advocacy organization, we have joined sister organisations in the violence against women sector in warmly welcoming the broad approach of Equally Safe. This bold document of ambition firmly locates the causal story for men’s violence against women in women’s inequality.

Date of publication: June 2017.

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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee Call for Evidence on Homelessness

Engender welcomes the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee study on homelessness in Scotland, and its aim to ‘explore the underlying reasons which can lead to a person seeking homelessness services, and whether homelessness prevention services are effectively tackling those underlying reasons for homelessness’.

A review of policy and practice quickly reveals that approaches to tackle homelessness remain ungendered. Women’s experience of homelessness, including their pathways into and out of homelessness, are different from men’s, but poorly studied and understood. As explained by researchers in the UK, while ‘literature has increasingly acknowledged the presence of women amongst the visibly homeless population, it has rarely explored their experiences in any detail or sought to unpack the experiences of visible homelessness through an explicitly gendered perspective’ .

Date of publication: June 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-homelessness-to-Scottish-Parliament-Local-Government-and-Communities-Committee.pdf | File size: 720KB | Tags: womensrights homelessness
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee Call for Evidence on the Two-child Limit for Tax Credits and Universal Credit

Engender welcomes the opportunity to present evidence to the Social Security Committee on the two-child limit. We have been working with other women’s organisations in Scotland over the last few years to chart the impact of ‘welfare reform’, and the ways in which it is widening inequality between women and men.

Analysis of the two-child limit by Child Poverty Action Group calculates its impact as a loss of up to £2,800 every year per child. In addition, it is projected that these deep cuts to social security for families with more than two children will push up to 200,000 more children into poverty, and will impact approximately 510,000 families in 2019-20.


Date of publication: May 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-the-two-child-limit-on-Tax-Credits-and-Universal-Credit-to-the-Scottish-Parliament-Social-Security-Committee.pdf | File size: 548KB | Tags: socialsecurity scraptherapeclause scrapthefamilycap
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee Call for Evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the introduction of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which ambitiously sets targets to eradicate child poverty by 2030. The introduction of the proposed legislation signals a commitment by the Scottish Government to continue to implement measures to build a fairer Scotland. Though we welcome the Bill, we wish to highlight the importance of understanding the gendered dimension of poverty, as it is our firm belief that understanding and tackling women’s poverty in Scotland will be central to the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: May 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-the-Child-Poverty-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 523KB | Tags: socialsecurity womensrights childcare poverty
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Call for Evidence on the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the proposed legislation as an opportunity to advance Scotland’s compliance with domestic and international obligations respecting women’s rights and women’s equality. In Scotland last year, 59,882 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded by police in Scotland, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2013-14. Of the recorded incidents, 79% had a female victim and male perpetrator.

Date of publication: May 2017.

Filename: Engender-Submission-of-eveidence-on-the-Domestic-Abuse-Scotland-Bill-to-Scottish-Parliament-Justice-.pdf | File size: 618KB | Tags: vawg
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Engender Response to the Budget Process Review Group Consultation

Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to the Budget Process Review Group. Scotland’s budget is a statement of our nation’s macroeconomic policy intentions, and of our spending priorities. As our understanding of the economy and the choices we make about spending both have profound impacts on women’s lives, it is vital that the budget is well gendered.

As such, Engender wishes to see gender equality analysis embedded (‘mainstreamed’) across all aspects of the Scottish budget process: in the Scottish Government’s objective setting and budget development; in parliament’s scrutiny of the budget; in civil society’s engagement with the budget and in the principles that underpin the Budget Process Review Group (BPRG) itself. We would like to see Gender Budget Analysis (GBA) undertaken by the Scottish Government at all stages of the budgeting process, and for parliament to ensure that this is taking place.

Date of publication: April 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Budget-Process-Review-Group-consultation.pdf | File size: 669KB | Tags: budget feministeconomics genderbudgetanalysis
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy

Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to Scottish Government on its Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy. We observed in our submission on the Human Trafficking Bill that around 75% of people trafficked into Scotland are women, the vast majority of traffickers are men, and ‘sex trafficking’ is the most prevalent form of abuse . Cross-border movement of people is heavily associated with commercial sexual exploitation. Globally, 98% of those trafficked for that purpose are female, with 21% children and 79% adult women . The contexts into which the draft strategy describes individuals as being trafficked into in Scotland, including commercial sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and criminal exploitation, domestic servitude, and sham marriages , are all highly gendered. It is our position that gendered interventions will necessarily be required to meet the strategy’s ambitions to “eliminate human trafficking and exploitation” and “investigate the crimes and disrupt the activities of the perpetrators”.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Trafficking-and-Exploitation-Strategy.pdf | File size: 539KB | Tags: vawg
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

As highlighted by Engender in its response to the call for written evidence on gender balancing measures on public boards in Scotland in 2014, policy changes are needed to tackle gender inequality across the public sector; to break down the barriers to women’s equal participation in public life; and to eliminate gender imbalance in leadership, authority and decision-making across public, political, social and cultural institutions.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: ENGENDER-RESPONSE-TO-THE-SCOTTISH-GOVERNMENT-CONSULTATION-ON-THE-DRAFT-GENDER-REPRESENTATION-ON-PUBLIC-BOARDS-SCOTLAND-BILL.pdf | File size: 524KB
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) 2017

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the proposed regulations respecting two of the devolved flexibilities related to Universal Credit.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultation-on-Universal-Credit-2017.pdf | File size: 307KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee Inquiry into the Gender Pay Gap

Engender welcomes this inquiry, and particularly that this work is being undertaken by the Economy, Jobs, and Fair Work Committee. The Equal Opportunities Committee, now the Equality and Human Rights Committee, has explored the question of gendered inequalities in the labour market in many different spaces, including during its scrutiny of the Budget, but the pay gap must properly be understood as an economic issue as well as an issue of equality.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-Gender-Pay-Gap-inquiry-March-2017.pdf | File size: 603KB | Tags: feministeconomics equalpay genderpaygap
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Engender Response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Consultation on its Measurement Framework

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) consultation on proposed amendments to its measurement framework. Beginning with an overview of the functions of the EHRC, this response proceeds with an overview of the EHRC’s previous framework and the rationale for developing the model under consultation. The response then provides an analysis of the proposed measurement framework and a set of recommendations to the EHRC.

Date of publication: February 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-EHRC-Consultation-on-Measurement-Framework.pdf | File size: 567KB | Tags: equality womensrights faireconomy
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee on Bullying and Harassment of Young People

Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee on bullying and harassment of children and young people, with a particular focus on sexism, sexual harassment and gender inequalities in the school system.

Sexist bullying and sexual harassment undermine the dignity and safety of girls and young women, negatively impacting on their views of themselves and their experience of and attainment in education. Sexist bullying and misogynistic behaviours and attitudes within schools also contribute to a culture that sustains and amplifies gender segregation and gender stereotyping, limiting equal opportunities and creating a conducive context for violence against women and girls in society as a whole.

Date of publication: October 2016.

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Engender Response to UK Government Consultation on Exceptions to the Reforms Which Limit the Child Elements in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit to a Maximum of Two Children

Engender fundamentally rejects the principles behind both reducing vital social security for mothers of more than two children, and making an exception where a child is conceived as a result of rape.

Date of Publication: November 2016.

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Engender Submission to the UK Government Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry on Women in the House of Commons After the 2020 Election

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to this inquiry on women’s representation in the House of Commons. Women have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation across all areas of public life in the UK. This is the case in the House of Commons, where men’s over-representation still stands at 70%, and throughout the political pipelines that lead to elected office nationally. This means that women are not able to participate fully in society and to exercise equal citizenship in the UK.

Date of publication: November 2016.

Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-Inquiry-on-Women-in-the-House-of-Commons-after-the-2020-election-November-2016.pdf | File size: 687KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics
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Engender Submission to the UK Government Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry on Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 Election

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to this inquiry on women’s representation in the House of Commons. Women have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation across all areas of public life in the UK. This is the case in the House of Commons, where men’s over-representation still stands at 70%, and throughout the political pipelines that lead to elected office nationally. This means that women are not able to participate fully in society and to exercise equal citizenship in the UK.

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Whilst measures to erode the structural barriers that prevent women from entering into public office and to support women as candidates are also vital, these are simply not enough. If gender parity in our democratic institutions and gender equality more broadly are genuine political goals in the UK, then we must start moving towards a system of legal quotas to reduce men’s over-representation across public life.

Date of publication: November 2016.

Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-Inquiry-on-Women-in-the-House-of-Commons-after-the-2020-election-November-2016.docx | File size: 50KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation
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Engender Response to Scottish Government Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

Engender welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on social security in Scotland. Together with partners at Scottish Women’s Aid, Close the Gap, the Scottish Refugee Council and Carers Scotland, we have consistently worked to highlight the links between women’s inequality and the current UK social security system. Earlier this year we released a policy report on Scotland’s new powers over social security, recommending a suite of ways in which new powers can be engaged to increase women’s equality in Scotland.

Date of publication: October 2016.

Filename: ENGENDER-RESPONSE-TO-THE-SCOTTISH-GOVERNMENT-CONSULTATION-ON-SOCIAL-SECURITY-IN-SCOTLAND-.pdf | File size: 951KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on a Child Poverty Bill

Engender welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s plans for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland. We have consistently worked to highlight the inextricable links between women’s economic inequality and child poverty, and this consultation response is based on the need to mainstream gender throughout the development of any new legislation. Women are twice as dependent on social security as men, the gender pay gap persists at 14.8% in Scotland, 62% of workers that earn below the living wage are women, and pervasive violence against women undermines women’s access to resources and financial autonomy. Disabled women, black and minority ethnic (BME) women, lone mothers, unpaid carers, and refugee and asylum seeking women, amongst other groups are particularly at risk of poverty due to their gender and other forms of inequality and discrimination. Statistics show that a small majority of women in Scotland live in poverty, but these only take stock of figures for single-headed households and mask the extent of women’s poverty due to income inequality within many couple households.

Date of publication: September 2016.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-child-poverty-consultation-Sep-16.pdf | File size: 392KB | Tags: poverty austerity socialsecurity womensrights
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Engender Submission to the European and External Affairs Committee Call for Evidence on the Implications of the EU Referendum Result

This paper sets out the need for effective gender mainstreaming and the inclusion of women’s voices as the Brexit process moves forward, briefly describes current gender equality law to which EU member states are bound under the terms of their membership and Scotland is therefore set to lose, and sets out the impact that this legislation has had on UK policy, and current EU programmes, policies and funding priorities that promote gender equality. In demonstrating what the EU has done and is doing for women, we highlight areas of concern and the need for action to protect women’s rights as the UK negotiates its exit.

Date of publication: August 2016.

Filename: ENGENDER-RESPONSE-TO-THE-EUROPEAN-AND-EXTERNAL-RELATIONS-COMMITTEE-CALL-FOR-EVIDENCE-ON-THE-IMPLICATIONS-OF-THE-EU-REFERENDUM-RESULT.pdf | File size: 410KB | Tags: euref brexit mainstreaming international
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Scrutiny of the Draft Budget and Spending Plans

Engender works in Scotland to advance women’s economic, social and cultural, and political equality with men. We make visible the ways in which women’s inequality impacts Scotland, and bring women together to make change happen.

We welcome the focus of the Equal Opportunities Committee on the budget process, and particularly on the way in which the equality budget process aims to realise women’s equality and equality of other protected groups.

Date of publication: January 2016.

Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Equal-Opportunities-Committee-January-2016.pdf | File size: 380KB | Tags: budget feministeconomics
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee Scutiny of the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2016-17

Engender welcomes the focus of the Welfare Reform Committee on women’s equality as it scrutinises the Draft Budget 2016-17, and this opportunity to submit evidence.

Date of publication: January 2016.

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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Civil Partnerships

Engender supports the retention and extension of civil partnerships in Scotland. Fundamentally this is an equality issue, for which there is clear demand from non-LGBTI and LGBTI people alike. Equality before the law, irrespective of sex, gender or sexual orientation is a vital baseline against which further progress towards LGBTI and gender equality can be made. As such, equal civil partnership is a matter of concern for Engender and our membership. We work towards equality for all women and men in Scotland and we take an intersectional approach to our advocacy for gender equality.

Date of publication: December 2015.

Filename: Engenders-response-to-the-Scottish-Governments-Consultation-on-Civil-Partnership.pdf | File size: 381KB | Tags: lgbt equality
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Prostitution Law Reform (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity presented by this consultation to consider the ways in which Scotland might respond to the gendered social phenomenon of prostitution. The aim of the draft proposal is to “begin a debate on how to reform the law”, in the knowledge that a Bill cannot be introduced in this session of the Parliament. We have therefore chosen to offer some reflections on the criminal justice responses to the sale of sexual services, as set out in the consultation document, but also to attempt to think more widely around the issues it presents around women’s rights and gender relations.

Date of publication: December 2015.

Filename: Prostitution-Law-Reform-Scotland-Bill-response-November-2015.pdf | File size: 439KB | Tags: vawg
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Introduction of Diversity Succession Planning for Board Appointments and the Lowering of the Threshold for Publishing Gender Pay Gap and Equal Pay Statements

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the introduction of diversity succession planning for board appointments and the lowering of the threshold for publishing gender pay gap and equal pay statements.

Date of publication: November 2015.

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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act Regulations and Guidance

Engender submission to the Scottish Government consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act regulations and guidance.

Date of publication: August 2015.

Filename: Scottish-Welfare-fund-consultation-August-2015.pdf | File size: 435KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Submission to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee Call for Evidence on the UK Government's Scotland Bill

Engender welcomes the Devolution Committee’s focus on the contents of the Scotland Bill (the Bill), and the opportunity to submit our views. We have monitored the progression of the legislation from the publication of the draft clauses and UK government command paper, and due to undue speed, lack of transparency and lack of scrutiny, there have been limited avenues to raise our concerns.


Date of publication: August 2015.

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Engender Submission to the Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry on Race, Ethnicity and Employment

Engender's submission to the Equal Opportunities Committee inquiry on race, ethnicity and employment. Women’s disadvantage within the labour market is a key manifestation of gender inequality. Within this, women from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face particular discrimination and challenges in accessing paid work.

Date of publication: July 2015.

Filename: Engender-Submission-to-the-Equal-Opportunities-Committee-on-Race-Ethnicity-and-Employment.pdf | File size: 399KB | Tags: race employment employability equality womensrights
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Women's and Equalities Sector Joint Statement to MPs on Proposed Amendment to the Scotland Bill: Abortion (NC56)

A joint statement from Engender, Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Close the Gap, NUS Scotland, Scottish TUC, Abortion Rights Scotland Committee, Abortion Rights, YWCA - the young women's campaign, Amnesty International, Human Rights Consortium Scotland, and Scottish Women's Convention on a proposed amendment to the Scotland Bill.

Date of publication: July 2015.

Filename: Joint-statement-on-Scotland-Bill---NC56---Abortion.pdf | File size: 320KB | Tags: abortion health devolution
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee Inquiry Into Women and Welfare

Since 2010, £26 billion worth of cuts have been made to benefits, tax credits, pay and pensions. 85% of this has been taken from women’s incomes.
Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to the Welfare Reform Committee’s inquiry on women and welfare reform. This submission highlights the links between discrimination against women within the welfare reform agenda with other areas of gender inequality.

Date of publication: May 2015.

Filename: Engender-Submission-to-the-Welfare-Reform-Committee-Inquiry-into-Women-and-Welfare.pdf | File size: 558KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Women's and Equalities Sector Joint Statement to the Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare: Women, Further Devolution and Social Security

The Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare is an intergovernmental group with ministerial representatives from Scottish and UK governments working around the post-Smith Commission devolution of some elements of social security. This is a joint statement to that working group from (in alphabetical order): Close the Gap, Electoral Reform Society Scotland, Engender, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Inclusion Scotland, Lead Scotland, NUS Scotland Women's Campaign, One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Women's Aid, Scottish Women's Budget Group, Shelter Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland, Women's Support Project, YouthLink Scotland, YWCA Scotland, and Zero Tolerance.

Date of publication: March 2015

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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Call for Evidence on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Justice Committee on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: February 2015.

Filename: 1502-HT-sub.pdf | File size: 389KB | Tags: vawg womensrights
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Joint Submission to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2015-16

A joint submission from Engender, Close the Gap, Scottish Women's Aid and Scottish Refugee Council to the Welfare Reform Committee on their scrutiny of the Scottish Goverment Draft Budget 2015-16.

Date of publication: November 2014.

Filename: 1411-WR-committee-Draft-Budget.pdf | File size: 469KB | Tags: budget feministeconomics
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Engender Submission to the Smith Commission

Engender's submission to the Smith Commission on additional powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Date of publication: October 2014.

Filename: Engender-Smith-Commission-submission-October-2014.pdf | File size: 698KB | Tags: indyref devolution
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Engender Briefing on the Smith Commission

A short briefing paper on the Smith Commission on further devolution to the Scottish Parliament.

Date of publication: October 2014.

Filename: Smith-Commission-briefing-October-2014.pdf | File size: 355KB | Tags: indyref devolution
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Engender Response to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Refom Committee Consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill

Engender's response to the Welfare Reform Committee's consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: August 2014.

Filename: Scottish-Welfare-fund-consultation-August-2014.pdf | File size: 590KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Women's and Equalities Sector Joint Statement Welcoming 'Equally Safe'

A joint statement from Engender, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Womenʼs Aid, Scottish Womenʼs Convention, White Ribbon Scotland, Womenʼs Support Project and Zero Tolerance welcoming 'Equally Safe', the Scottish Government strategy document that outlines a gendered approach to tackling gender based violence.

Date of publication: July 2014.

Filename: Welcoming-Equally-Safe-july14.pdf | File size: 641KB | Tags: vawg
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Engender Repsonse to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Introduction of Gender Quotas on Public Sector Boards

Engender's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on gender quotas on public sector boards.

Date of publication: July 2014.

Filename: Scottish-Government-quotas-consultation-Engender-July-2014.pdf | File size: 369KB | Tags: equalrepresentation quotas publiclife
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee Call for Evidence on Scotland’s Educational and Cultural Future

Engender's response to the Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee call for written evidence on Scotland's Educational and Cultural Future. Our submission mainly focuses on childcare provision, as well as youth employment.

Date of publication: March 2014.

Filename: 1403-ECC-call-for-evidence.doc.pdf | File size: 245KB | Tags: childcare employment
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Engender and Close the Gap Joint Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on European Structural and Investment Funds 2014 – 2020 Programmes

A joint response from Engender and Close the Gap to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Scottish structural and investment funds programmes for 2014 - 2020.

Date of publication: January 2014.

Filename: Structural-funds-Engender-and-Close-the-Gap-January-2014.pdf | File size: 400KB | Tags: equality international feministeconomics
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Engender Response to the Public Consultation on the Human Trafficking (Scotland) Bill

Engender's response to consultation on the Human Trafficking (Scotland) Bill, a Private Member's Bill presented by Jenny Marra MSP.

Date of publication: January 2014.

Filename: 1401-Human-trafficking-sub.pdf | File size: 205KB | Tags: vawg
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Engender Submission to the Expert Working Group on Welfare Call for Evidence on Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Engender's response to the Expert Working Group on Welfare's second call for written evidence on social security in an independent Scotland.

Date of publication: December 2013.

Filename: 1312-working-group-on-welfare-call-to-evidence.doc | File size: 56KB | Tags: socialsecurity austerity poverty
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Integration of Adult Health and Social Care in Scotland: Partial Equality Impact Assessment

Engender's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on its partial equality impact assessment of the integration of adult health and social care.

Date of publication: October 2012.

Filename: Engender-response-Soc-Care-Scot-EIA.pdf | File size: 65KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Engender Response to the Public Consultation on the Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase and Sale of Sex (Scotland) Private Members Bill 2

Engender's response to the public consultation on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill 2.

Date of publication: December 2012.

Filename: 121212-prostitution-consultation.docx | File size: 22KB | Tags: vawg criminaljustice
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Changes to Passported Benefits

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on changes to passported benefits that will arise as a result of the introduction of Universal Credit and personal independence payment (PIP).

Date of publication: October 2012.

Filename: ScotGov-Passported-benefits-consultation-Engender-response.pdf | File size: 70KB | Tags: socialsecurity austerity poverty
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Engender Response to the UK Government Equalities Office Consultation on 'Building a Fairer Britain: Reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission'

Engender's response to the UK Government's Government Equalities Office consultation on proposed changes to the purpose and governance structures of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Date of publication: June 2011.

Filename: 110616-EHRC-consultation.pdf | File size: 145KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Engender Response to the Public Consultation on the Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase and Sale of Sex (Scotland) Private Members Bill

Engender's response to the consultation on the private members' bill lodged by Trish Godman MSP.

Date of publication: February 2011.

Filename: 110209-Criminalisation-of-the-Purchase-and-Sale-of-Sex.pdf | File size: 67KB | Tags: vawg criminal justice
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Engender Response to the Christie Commission Consultation on the Future of Scotland’s Public Services

Engender's response to the Christie Commission on the future of Scotland's Public Services.

Date of publication: February 2011.

Filename: 110201-Christie-Commission.pdf | File size: 154KB | Tags: publiclife publicspace womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Tackling Child Poverty in Scotland: A Discussion Paper

Engender's response to a Scottish Government discussion paper: Tackling Child Poverty in Scotland: A Discussion Paper.

Date of publication: January 2011.

Filename: 110107-Tackling-Child-Poverty-Consultation.pdf | File size: 212KB | Tags: childcare poverty
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Public Sector Equality Duty

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on PSED.

Date of publication: November 2010.

Filename: 101126-Equality-Duty-consultation.pdf | File size: 268KB | Tags: equality womensrights faireconomy
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Call for Evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2 Amendment 516)

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee call for evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2 Amendment 516).

Date of publication: April 2010.

Filename: 100429-CJL-Bill-Stage-2-amemdment-516.pdf | File size: 115KB | Tags: criminaljustice
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Call for Evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2 Amendments)

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee call for evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2 Amendments).


Date of publication: March 2010.

Filename: 100316-Engaging-in-Paid-for-Sexual-Activity.pdf | File size: 23KB | Tags: criminaljustice womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Public Sector Equality Duty Specific Duties

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on PSED Specific Duties.

Date of publication: 2010.

Filename: Public-Sector-Specific-Duties-Response.pdf | File size: 85KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Engender Consultation on Scottish Labour Party at Holyrood

The following notes were compiled following an informal discussion session, which took place on 22 September, involving a group of Engender members and inspired by input via email from others who were unable to attend that evening.

Date of publication: September 2009.

Filename: 090922-Labour-Govt-Notes.pdf | File size: 123KB | Tags: equalrepresentation genderbudgetanalysis
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Engender Response to the Government Equalities Office Discussion Paper on the Equality Bill: Assessing the Impact of a Multiple Discrimination Provision

Engender response to the Government Equalities Office discussion paper on the Equality Bill.

Date of publication: June 2009.

Filename: 090605-Multiple-Discrimination-Provision-response.pdf | File size: 43KB | Tags: equality intersectionality
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Jusitice Committee Call for Evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

Engender's written submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee call for written evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: April 2009.

Filename: 090425-Evidence-re-extreme-porn.pdf | File size: 26KB | Tags: criminaljustice vawg
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Civil Remedies to Forced Marriage

Engender's response to the Forced Marriage: Civil Remedies consultation from the Scottish Government.

Date of publication: March 2009.

Filename: 090401-Forced-Marriage-consultation-response.pdf | File size: 79KB | Tags: womensrights vawg
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Call for Evidence on the Inquiry into Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System in Scotland

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into female offenders in the criminal justice system in Scotland.

Date of publication: March 2009.

Filename: 090306-Evidence-to-EO-Committee-Female-Offenders.pdf | File size: 31KB | Tags: womensrights criminaljustice
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Engender Response to the Consultation on the Scottish Government Response to the 2008 Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Engender's response to the consultation on the Scottish Government's response to the 2008 concluding observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Date of publication: March 2009.

Filename: 090309-UNCRC-response.pdf | File size: 69KB | Tags: childcare womensrights equality
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Engender Response to the Government Equalities Office on Proposals for Extending the Provisions for Women-only Shortlists

Engender's response to the Government Equalities Office proposal on extending women-only shortlists.

Date of publication: October 2008.

Filename: 081016-Response-to-the-Proposal-on-Extending-the-Women.pdf | File size: 19KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics publiclife
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Engender's Submission on Extending the Public Sector Equality Duty Requirement to Give Due Regard to the Need to Promote Equality of Opportunity to Religion or Belief

Engender's submission on extending the PSED requirement to give due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity to religion or belief.

Date of publication: September 2008.

Filename: 080929-Public-sector-equality-duty-Religion.pdf | File size: 18KB | Tags: equality womensrights religion
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Engender Letter of Support for the EHRC Response to the Consultation on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

This is a letter of support from Engender for the Equality and Human Rights Commission submission of written evidence to the consulation on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: December 2008.

Filename: 080911-Sexual-Offences-Written-Evidence-21.pdf | File size: 24KB | Tags: vawg womensrights equality
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Engender Response to the Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland

Engender's Response to the Government Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland

Date of publciation: June 2008.

Filename: 080621-Discussion-Paper-on-Tackling-Poverty-Final-Response.pdf | File size: 135KB | Tags: austerity poverty socialsecurity asylum
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Engender Response to the Scottish Law Commission Proposals for Rape and Sexual Offences

Engender Response to the Scottish Law Commission Proposals for Rape and Sexual Offences.

Date of publication: March 2008.

Filename: 080312-SLC-Rape-Sexual-Offences.pdf | File size: 27KB | Tags: vawg criminaljustice
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Engender Response to the Home Office Consultation on Marriage to Partners from Overseas

Engender's Response to the Home Office Consultation on Marriage to Partners from Overseas.

Date of publication: February 2008.

Filename: 080327-Marriage-to-P-from-Overseas-consult-resp-Engender.pdf | File size: 60KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Engender Response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Single Equality Scheme Consultation

Engender's response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Single Equality Scheme Consultation.

Date of publication: February 2008.

Filename: 080422-EHRC-Single-Equality-Scheme.pdf | File size: 34KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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