Engender produces a range of publications including reports about specific subjects, parliamentary briefings, responses to consultations, and our annual reports. These are all available online, and we can also send printed copies of selected reports. Contact us to arrange this.
In 2017 Engender launched the Gender Matters Roadmap, which sets out the steps needed to move closer to women's equality in Scotland by 2030.
We welcome this opportunity to respond to a consultation on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, because of links that have been made between reform of the application process for a Gender Recognition Certificate and women’s equality and rights.
In this submission we will briefly outline the work that Engender has done in response to the two phases of consultation on reform; our analysis of the direct impact of reform on women’s equality and rights; and our work around some of the issues that have been associated with reform but do not form part of the Bill. In section 4 we respond directly to the questions in the consultation with information and analysis that is most relevant to our work.
Our headline finding is that the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act will not negatively impact on women’s equality and rights.
Date of publication: March 2020Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-the-Gender-Recognition-Reform-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 743KB | Tags: gender recognition act, equality cedaw
This is a briefing ahead of the Scottish Parliament Member's Business Debate on Charities, Scotland and Holyrood on 30th October 2019. Scotland has a thriving and politically engaged women’s sector, comprising organisations that work both independently and collectively to call for substantive changes in policy and practice to advance women’s rights and equality. This briefing highlights just some of the major successes of our campaigning and advocacy work since the Scottish Parliament’s establishment.
Date of publication: October 2019.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-20-Years-of-Charities-30.10.2019.pdf | File size: 170KB | Tags: engendernews, politics, genderpaygap, equalrepresentation, cedaw
This document is a submission of written evidence to the UK Government Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry on welfare policy in Scotland. This submission was originally made in September 2019, but was not published until mid-October owing to the possibility of prorogation of the UK Parliament.
The design of social security and ‘welfare reform’ has a disproportionate impact on women. Around 20% of women’s total income comes from the benefits and tax credit system, compared with 10% of men’s. Women also rely more on public services, and as a result, up to 86% of net ‘savings’ between 2010 and 2020 will come from women’s incomes, not accounting for additional cost savings sought as a result of upcoming economic changes. Disabled, BME and refugee women, lone parents, unpaid carers and other marginalised groups are at even greater risk of poverty and destitution. We therefore welcome this opportunity to highlight issues relating to ‘welfare’ and social security in Scotland which we hope will help inform the committee’s work.
Date of publication: September 2019.Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-to-the-Scottish-Affairs-Committee-inquiry-on-welfare-policy-in-Scotland.pdf | File size: 282KB | Tags: socialsecurity, universalcredit, scraptherapeclause, scrapthefamilycap, cedaw
This is a briefing ahead of the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee debate on in-work poverty. The design of social security has profound implications for women’s capacity to be in paid work, and in their experience of poverty once they are employed. This is because women are twice as likely to be reliant on social security as men, and have very different experiences of both poverty and the labour market. In their evidence to the committee’s inquiry, Close the Gap highlighted in-depth the multitude of factors which ensure that paid work is not a route out of poverty for women in Scotland. Despite the policy intention behind Universal Credit (UC), its design contributes to trapping women in poverty and exacerbates inequality between women and men.
Date of publication: April 2019.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-Social-Security-Committee-Debate-on-In-Work-Poverty.pdf | File size: 179KB | Tags: socialsecurity, womensrights, scraptherapeclause, scrapthefamilycap, cedaw
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) is a UN Convention which was signed by the United Kingdom in 1981, and ratified in 1986. UN conventions are signed by member states only, and therefore Scotland is not a signatory to CEDAW, although many of the women's rights protected by CEDAW fall under legislation which is devolved to Scotland.
Engender comissioned Professor Nicole Busby and Professor Muriel Robison to compile this report to answer the following questions:
- Could CEDAW be incorporated into Scots Law? What would the impact of this be?
- What other legal mechanisms or duties could Scotland create to enable better realisation of CEDAW?
Date of publication: June 2018Filename: CEDAW-incorporation-paper.pdf | File size: 124KB | Tags: cedaw
Often referred to as the ‘women’s bill of rights’, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) is the UN’s human rights treaty devoted to women; it spells out in detail women’s human right to equality and non-discrimination, which states that have ratified it must then act to realise. CEDAW contains 30 articles, which include minimum standards for women’s rights in work, politics, marriage, education, the economy, and other areas.
This report sets out what happened during the UK's 8th CEDAW examination, and what it means for women's equality in Scotland.
Date of Publication: Dec 2019Filename: CEDAW---a-superhero-for-women-in-Scotland.pdf | File size: 979KB | Tags: cedaw
4 nations of the UK shadow report to the Eighth periodic report of the government of the United Kingdom on measures taken to give effect to CEDAW, the UN Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Publication date: January 2019Filename: CEDAW-4-nations-report-Jan-2019.pdf | File size: 1513KB | Tags: cedaw
Scotland shadow report to the Eighth periodic report of the government of the United Kingdom on measures taken to give effect to CEDAW, the UN Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Publication date: January 2019Filename: CEDAW-Scotland-report-Jan-2019.pdf | File size: 481KB | Tags: cedaw
Eighth periodic report of the government of the United Kingdom on measures taken to give effect to CEDAW.
This is a shadow report from the four nations of the UK. It was produced by Engender (Scotland), Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, Women’s Equality Network Wales, Women’s Resource Centre (England).
Date of publication: June 2018Filename: Eighth-periodic-report-of-the-government-of-the-United-Kingdom-on-measures-taken-to-give-effect-to-CEDAW---four-nations-report.pdf | File size: 1359KB | Tags: cedaw
The concluding observations (recommendations) of the CEDAW Committee, following its examination of the UK in 2013.
Date of publciation: July 2013.Filename: 130730-Conc-Obs.doc | File size: 134KB | Tags: international cedaw
Engender's shadow report to the 7th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's CEDAW Committee.
Date of publication: December 2012.Filename: 130508-Engender-shadow-CEDAW-report.doc | File size: 92KB | Tags: international cedaw
Engender's statement to the pre-session working group, which took place in November 2012. This relates to the UK's examination by the CEDAW Committee in respect of its 7th periodic report.
Date of publication: October 2012.Filename: CEDAWstatement-2012final.pdf | File size: 179KB | Tags: international cedaw
NGOs can submit questions to the CEDAW Committee in advance of the examination of their governments. These are the questions that Engender submitted prior to the examination of the UK.
Date of publication: September 2012.Filename: CEDAW-Questions-for-UK-Govt-Sep-2012-Engender.pdf | File size: 564KB | Tags: international cedaw
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