Responses to consultations undertaken by Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament committees, Scottish public bodies, and UK public bodies.
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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 2017Filename: Engender-response-to-Police-Scotland-Policing-2026-Strategy-Consultation.pdf | File size: 346KB
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
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 2017Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-homelessness-to-Scottish-Parliament-Local-Government-and-Communities-Committee.pdf | File size: 720KB
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.
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
Date of publication: May 2017
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 2017Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-the-Child-Poverty-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 523KB
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 2017Filename: Engender-Submission-of-eveidence-on-the-Domestic-Abuse-Scotland-Bill-to-Scottish-Parliament-Justice-.pdf | File size: 618KB
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: AprilFilename: Engender-submission-to-the-Budget-Process-Review-Group-consultation.pdf | File size: 669KB
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 2017Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Trafficking-and-Exploitation-Strategy.pdf | File size: 539KB
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 2017Filename: ENGENDER-RESPONSE-TO-THE-SCOTTISH-GOVERNMENT-CONSULTATION-ON-THE-DRAFT-GENDER-REPRESENTATION-ON-PUBLIC-BOARDS-SCOTLAND-BILL.pdf | File size: 524KB
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 2017Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultation-on-Universal-Credit-2017.pdf | File size: 307KB
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 2017Filename: Engender-submission-Gender-Pay-Gap-inquiry-March-2017.pdf | File size: 603KB
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: Feb 2017Filename: Engender-response-to-the-EHRC-Consultation-on-Measurement-Framework.pdf | File size: 567KB
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: Oct 2016Filename: Engender-submission-on-bullying-and-harassment-in-schools.pdf | File size: 664KB | Tags: gender matters in education
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 2016Filename: Engender-two-child-limit-consultation-November-2016.pdf | File size: 592KB | Tags: gender matters in social security;
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.
Whilst measures to erode the structural barriers that prevent women from entering into public office and to support women as candidates are 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: November 2016Filename: 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; gender matters in politics and power
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 2016Filename: ENGENDER-RESPONSE-TO-THE-SCOTTISH-GOVERNMENT-CONSULTATION-ON-SOCIAL-SECURITY-IN-SCOTLAND-.pdf | File size: 951KB | Tags: gendermattersinsocialsecurity; socialsecurity
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: September 2016Filename: Engender-response-to-the-child-poverty-consultation-Sep-16.pdf | File size: 392KB
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.
August 2016Filename: 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: eu ref, brexit, mainstreaming
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: January 2016Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Equal-Opportunities-Committee-January-2016.pdf | File size: 380KB | Tags: budget,
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: January 2016Filename: Engender-submission-to-Welfare-Reform-Committee-Scrutiny-of-Draft-Budget-2016-17.pdf | File size: 558KB
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: December 2015Filename: Engenders-response-to-the-Scottish-Governments-Consultation-on-Civil-Partnership.pdf | File size: 381KB
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: December 2015Filename: Prostitution-Law-Reform-Scotland-Bill-response-November-2015.pdf | File size: 439KB | Tags: prostitution reform
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: November 2015Filename: Scottish-Government-public-sector-boards-consultation-November-2015.pdf | File size: 356KB | Tags: psed representation
Engender submission to the Scottish Government consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act regulations and guidance. Date: August 2015Filename: Scottish-Welfare-fund-consultation-August-2015.pdf | File size: 435KB | Tags: welfare
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.
We are calling on the Devolution committee to encourage the UK and Scottish Governments, wherever possible to consider the imperatives of reducing economic and social inequality within final negotiations. Critically, this includes equality for women, and for disabled people and other minority groups. This briefing takes on two tasks. It sets out how amended clauses that relate to social security, equality law, and abortion could be used to tackle gender inequality in Scotland. It also points to areas where the intention of the Smith Commission Agreement has not been delivered by the Scotland Bill. Some of these shortcomings are related to process, and we identify where we think that an abbreviated process has caused weaknesses that could be remedied to better support people who access benefits in Scotland.
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.Filename: Engender-Submission-to-the-Equal-Opportunities-Committee-on-Race-Ethnicity-and-Employment.pdf | File size: 399KB
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.Filename: Joint-statement-on-Scotland-Bill---NC56---Abortion.pdf | File size: 320KB
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.
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: March 2015Filename: A-statement-to-the-joint-ministerial-working-group-on-welfare.pdf | File size: 735KB | Tags: welfare
Engender's response to the Justice Committee's consultation on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill. Date: February 2015
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. November 2014Filename: 1411-WR-committee-Draft-Budget.pdf | File size: 469KB
Our submission to the Smith Commission on additional powers for the Scottish Parliament. Date: October 2014Filename: Engender-Smith-Commission-submission-October-2014.pdf | File size: 698KB | Tags: indyref devolution
A short briefing paper on the Smith Commission on further devolution to the Scottish Parliament. Date: October 2014Filename: Smith-Commission-briefing-October-2014.pdf | File size: 355KB | Tags: indyref
Engender's response to the Welfare Reform Committee's consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill. Date: August 2014Filename: Scottish-Welfare-fund-consultation-August-2014.pdf | File size: 590KB | Tags: welfare
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. Publication date: July 2014Filename: Welcoming-Equally-Safe-july14.pdf | File size: 641KB | Tags: vaw
Engender's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on gender quotas on public sector boards and . Publication date: July 2014Filename: Scottish-Government-quotas-consultation-Engender-July-2014.pdf | File size: 369KB | Tags: representation
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. Publication date: January 2014Filename: Structural-funds-Engender-and-Close-the-Gap-January-2014.pdf | File size: 400KB
Engender's response to the Expert Working Group on Welfare's second call for written evidence on social security in an independent Scotland. Publication date: December 2013Filename: 1312-working-group-on-welfare-call-to-evidence.doc | File size: 56KB | Tags: constitution welfare
Engender's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on its partial equality impact assessment of the integration of adult health and social care. Publication date: October 2012Filename: Engender-response-Soc-Care-Scot-EIA.pdf | File size: 65KB
Engender's response to the public consultation on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill 2. Publication date: December 2012Filename: 121212-prostitution-consultation.docx | File size: 22KB
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). Publication date: October 2012Filename: ScotGov-Passported-benefits-consultation-Engender-response.pdf | File size: 70KB
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). Publication date: June 2011Filename: 110616-EHRC-consultation.pdf | File size: 145KB
Engender's response to the consultation on the private members' bill lodged by Trish Godman MSP. Publication date: February 2011Filename: 110209-Criminalisation-of-the-Purchase-and-Sale-of-Sex.pdf | File size: 67KB
Engender's response to the Christie Commission on the future of Scotland's Public Services. Publication date: February 2011Filename: 110201-Christie-Commission.pdf | File size: 154KB
Engender's response to a Scottish Government discussion paper: Tackling Child Poverty in Scotland: A Discussion Paper. Publication date: January 2011Filename: 110107-Tackling-Child-Poverty-Consultation.pdf | File size: 212KB
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