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Engender submission to the 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: Oct 2016

Filename: Engender-submission-on-bullying-and-harassment-in-schools.pdf | File size: 664KB | Tags: gender matters in education
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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

Filename: Engender-two-child-limit-consultation-November-2016.pdf | File size: 592KB | Tags: gender matters in social security;
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Engender submission to the 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 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 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; gender matters in politics and power
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