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 paper was written by Professor Nicole Busby, Professor of Equality, Human Rights and Justice, University of Glasgow.
Is was commissioned by Engender for the purposes of setting out the legal provisions relevant to the protection against discrimination available to individuals on the grounds of sex and gender reassignment under the Equality Act 2010 (‘the Act’).
Nothing in this paper should be interpreted as legal advice. Only courts can interpret the law.
Date of publication: March 2020Filename: ON-THE-BASIS-OF-SEX-Protection-against-discrimination-on-the-grounds-of-sex-and-gender-reassignment-under-the-EA-2010.pdf | File size: 213KB | Tags: equality act
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
This report sets out the extent of men’s over-representation in positions of authority and inﬂuence in Scotland. In 2017, women still have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation throughout all areas of public life, with men holding 73% of the 3029 positions of power and authority identified.
Date of publication: March 2017.Filename: SEX-AND-POWER-IN-SCOTLAND-2017.pdf | File size: 752KB | Tags: sexandpower equality womensrights publiclife politics equalrepresentation quotas media sport arts
This document details three key asks from Engender for the 2017 General Elections. We are asking all political parties and candidates in across the UK to include the commitments, which will protect and advance women’s equality and rights, in their manifestos.
Date of publication: April 2017.Filename: Engender-Priorities-GE17.pdf | File size: 477KB | Tags: ge2017 equality womensrights
This briefing paper sets out the current gender equality law to which EU member states are bound under the terms of their membership, the impact that this legislation has had on UK policy, and current EU programmes, policies and funding priorities that promote gender equality. Women’s rights and equality have largely been missing from the EU referendum debate, and we hope that this information will be useful to those who are weighing their vote.
Date of publication: June 2016.Filename: The-EU-referendum-and-gender-equality.pdf | File size: 378KB | Tags: euref equality womensrights
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
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
It is twenty years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was negotiated at the fourth world conference on women convened by the United Nations in China. Governments committed to a global framework for women’s empowerment and a diverse agenda to advance gender equality. The UK is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and is obliged to report against the twelve ‘critical areas of concern’ identified in the Platform. 1 Equality and human rights also engage devolved issues and the Scottish Government is therefore accountable for aspects of the UK’s international commitments on gender equality and women’s rights.
Since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, successive administrations have worked to tackle the entrenched inequalities that persist in Scotland, as they do elsewhere in the world. We welcome the recent commitments that have been made by Scottish Government to move this agenda forward, and the renewed focus on some of the most intractable gender gaps.
This briefing paper sets out the current context in Scotland across ten areas of the Platform. It outlines recent progress, particular gaps and challenges, and courses of action that the Scottish Government must pursue to deliver on its ambitions. The recommendations that we set out relate to policies and initiatives that are either well-established or already under development by Scottish Government, rather than the new measures that will also be necessary to achieve gender equality in Scotland. The Scottish Government’s existing commitments must be implemented as a matter of priority, or else Scotland will continue to fall short of realising women’s human rights.
Date of publication: April 2015.Filename: EngenderBeijing20.pdf | File size: 156KB | Tags: international womensrights equality
This briefing is part of a series that sets out how power and responsibility to tackle critical gender equality issues are divided between Holyrood and Westminster.
Date of publication: August 2014.Filename: Engender-briefing-6---Women-and-the-referendum.pdf | File size: 61KB | Tags: indyref equality womensrights
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
This paper on gender inequality and violence against women was written by Lesley Orr, Emma Ritch, Marsha Scott, and Nel Whiting in May 2014. An edited version appears as part of the text of the Common Weal book. An expanded version will be published as a Common Weal paper later in the year.
Date of publication: May 2014.Filename: Eradicting-gender-inequality-and-violence-against-women-May-2014.pdf | File size: 235KB | Tags: equality vawg womensrights
This policy report is Engender's contribution to the Scottish independence debate. It takes stock of the current context in Scotland across a spectrum of gender issues and outlines where power and responsibility for gender equality currently rest.
Date of publication: March 2014.Filename: Gender-equality-and--Scotlands-constitutional-futures.pdf | File size: 335KB | Tags: indyref womensrights equality devolution
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
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
Women in Scotland calendar 2012: monthly facts and stats on women's inequality.
Date of publication: January 2012.Filename: Engender2012CalendarFinal.pdf | File size: 3219KB | Tags: equality womensrights international publiclife politics genderpaygap care socialcare socialsecurity childcare vawg
This briefing paper outlines learning from Engender's 'Equality Counting' project funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Date of publication: July 2011.Filename: Equality-Counting-CS-LB.pdf | File size: 483KB | Tags: equality
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
This report is part of Engender's 'Women thinking equality' series on intersecting equalities issues. It outlines findings of participatory action research on the inequality of access to NHS services by trans women.
Date of publication: 2011.Filename: Women-Thinking-Trans-Issues-Report-2011.pdf | File size: 1065KB | Tags: equality lgbt womensrights health
This briefing paper on gender and age presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009.Filename: outrage-age.pdf | File size: 196KB | Tags: equality age health
This briefing paper on gender and disability presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009.Filename: stripped-disability.pdf | File size: 181KB | Tags: equality disability womensrights
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
This briefing paper on gender and income presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009.Filename: discount-economics.pdf | File size: 189KB | Tags: equality faireconomy feministeconomics
This briefing paper on gender and race presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009.Filename: deviceive-race.pdf | File size: 196KB | Tags: equality race womensrights
This briefing paper on gender and religion presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009Filename: redherring-religion-or-belief.pdf | File size: 195KB | Tags: equality religion
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
This briefing paper on gender and sexual orientation presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009Filename: objected-sexual-orientation.pdf | File size: 199KB | Tags: equality lgbt
This paper represents the culmination of all our thinking over the life of the Women Thinking Equality project.
Date of publication: June 2009.Filename: 1433846824_WTE-The-Summing-Up.pdf | File size: 578KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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
This briefing paper on gender and transgender presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.
Date of publication: 2009.Filename: biological-transgender.pdf | File size: 197KB | Tags: lgbt equality
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
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
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
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
Engender's response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Single Equality Scheme Consultation.
Date of publication: February 2008.
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