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Gender inequality in sickness and in healthJuly 8 2022 at 12:00

Abortion Rights Round-UpJune 10 2022 at 12:00

Trapped: the call for a more flexible worldMarch 10 2022 at 12:23

Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on women's equality in ScotlandDecember 3 2021 at 11:29

Free period products, when and where we need themJuly 29 2021 at 10:22

GUEST POST: Bridging the gender health gapJuly 8 2021 at 09:30

Telemedical abortion services: joint letter to Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health, and SportJune 14 2021 at 08:00

GUEST POST: Sex, Relationships and Parenthood – A Network Supporting Young Women and Girls with a Learning Disability May 20 2021 at 16:34

GUEST POST: Food for thoughtOctober 14 2020 at 14:48

GUEST POST: Decriminalisation of Abortion for a Modern ScotlandJuly 23 2020 at 12:07

Data matters in our response to Covid-19April 28 2020 at 10:14

COVID-19: why women’s equality must be at the heart of our responseMarch 26 2020 at 16:30

GUEST POST: Some thoughts on issues BAME women, including immigrants, face in the UKMarch 13 2020 at 09:40

Our Bodies Our Rights - speech from Christina McKelvie MSPMarch 10 2020 at 16:21

Blood, cramps, and dignity - why we need free period products nowNovember 13 2019 at 12:27

Surrogacy in ScotlandSeptember 10 2019 at 15:54

Guest Post: Why we must support women to make their own contraceptive choicesSeptember 5 2019 at 13:18

Menopause Matters: Ending the stigmaJuly 26 2019 at 09:59

Guest Post: Exploring contraception as a feminist issueJuly 24 2019 at 14:55

Guest Post: Contraception information and consent - two sides of the same coin? July 4 2019 at 12:02

Guest Post: Why contraception needs a Me Too momentJune 21 2019 at 11:58

Menopause Matters: Share your experience in our surveyJune 12 2019 at 14:01

Menopause Matters: an assessment of the support needs of Scottish women experiencing menopause transitionMay 13 2019 at 11:45

Disabled women’s reproductive rights routinely ignoredNovember 6 2018 at 08:34

Reflections on #RepealThe8thMay 18 2018 at 12:40

Repeal the 8th - how can you help?April 19 2018 at 14:49

Guest Post: LIFEApril 10 2018 at 16:25

Guest post: Period shaming is a serious problemDecember 15 2017 at 13:18

Gender equality and the Sustainable Development GoalsDecember 14 2017 at 11:19

Reflections on #AbortionActat50November 2 2017 at 15:24

The Abortion Act: 50 years onOctober 27 2017 at 11:46

Disabled Women's Reproductive JourneysOctober 12 2017 at 14:26

Abortion internationally – how does Scotland measure up?September 28 2017 at 16:56

Guest post: Abortion in Scotland - The facts behind the figuresMay 29 2017 at 13:52

Scotland must take this chance to stand up for women's reproductive rightsDecember 13 2016 at 16:23

Our bodies, our choice: the case for a Scottish approach to abortionDecember 11 2016 at 23:07

#Powertothebump - pregnancy and maternity rights for young womenMay 18 2016 at 15:06

Engender calls for a progressive law for Scotland. October 14 2015 at 16:04

5 things you need to know about equality and today's Scotland Bill debate July 6 2015 at 10:02

Guest post: ‘Women and Children First?’ The reality of maternity care for Scotland’s refused asylum seekersJuly 15 2014 at 08:00


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.

The Gender Matters Roadmap

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.

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Engender Response to the Call for Views on the Aims and Principles of the Scottish COVID-19 Public Inquiry

Engender welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Aims and Principles paper that will shape Terms of Reference for Scotland’s Inquiry into Covid-19. Over the past eighteen months we have undertaken extensive work on the impact of the pandemic and of public policy responses on different groups of women and on structural gender inequality. We have seen a widely recognised rollback on women’s rights and equality in terms of health, care, financial security, employment, violence against women and housing. Within this, specific issues and even deeper impacts have manifested for Black and minoritised women, young women, disabled women, unpaid carers, mothers, pregnant women, LGBTI women, and women with insecure immigration status, amongst other groups who experience intersecting forms of oppression and discrimination. The extent of these gendered impacts and the long-term implications for women and girls are as yet unknown.

Date of publication: October 2021.

Filename: Engender-response-on-Covid-inquiry-TORs.pdf | File size: 280KB | Tags: covid19, labourmarket, faireconomy, health
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Joint Parliamentary Briefing: Stage 3 Proceedings: Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament Stage 3 proceedings of the Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill on 19th March 2020, we joined with Scottish Women's Aid to publish a briefing outlining some key amendments that are well-intentioned but may potentially have unforeseen consequences that risk undermining women’s safety and dignity and the efficacy of the Bill as a whole.

Date of publication: March 2020.

Filename: Joint-Parliamentary-Briefing-Stage-3-Proceedings-Female-Genital-Mutilation-Protection-and-Guidance-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 208KB | Tags: fgm. domesticabuse, health
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Engender response to the UK Government consultation on a new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland

Engender unequivocally supports women in Northern Ireland’s autonomy over their bodies and lives, and considers abortion access fundamental to women’s rights and gender equality across the whole of the UK.

Until very recently the law discriminated against and criminalised some UK women based upon their residence in Northern Ireland alone. The United Nations CEDAW committee inquiry into restriction of abortion in NI found that the UK Government is responsible for both “grave and systematic violations” of women’s human rights under international law. We therefore welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation on the means of correcting this denial of rights. These proposals offer scope to go beyond restrictions in place under the Abortion Act 1967, and to bring abortion law in Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK in certain areas.

However, this is by no means guaranteed by the options set out this consultation document. As a bare minimum, the new legal framework for NI must afford women and girls the same rights and healthcare standards as those in England, Scotland and Wales. The creation of a new system also provides an opportunity to learn from issues with delivery of existing abortion services in other parts of the UK, and to set new standards with an improved clinical framework and model of service delivery that works for women and girls in different parts of Northern Ireland.

Date of Publication: 17 December 2019

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-UK-Government-consultation-on-a-new-legal-framework-for-abortion-services-in-Northern-Ireland-17.12.19.pdf | File size: 491KB | Tags: abortion health
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Gender Edit of Scotland's Programme for Government 2021-2022

This gender edit of A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22 compiles all references to women, gender and issues with implications for gender equality which appear in the document.
The programme for government sets out the Scottish Government’s legislative and policy priorities for the coming parliamentary year. This year’s programme focuses on the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and recovery, a national mission to eradicate child poverty across Scottish Government priorities and the climate crisis.

Date of publication: September 2021.

Filename: GENDER-EDIT-OF-A-FAIRER-GREENER-SCOTLAND-PROGRAMME-FOR-GOVERNMENT-2021-22.pdf | File size: 297KB | Tags: genderedit, faireconomy, covid19, health
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Covid-19: Gathering and using data to ensure that the response integrates women’s equality and rights

Covid-19 demands an emergency response. Evidence tells us that in working at pace, governments, agencies, and other public bodies can overlook critical differences between men’s and women’s lives. In the Ebola, Zika, and SARS pandemics, this led to significantly worse outcomes for women and girls. In order to rapidly develop public policy and legislation that works for women, it is imperative that public bodies and agencies, including Scottish Government, analyse and use evidence that captures women’s experiences.

During Engender’s 27-year history, we have worked to advocate for better quality gender-sensitive sex-disaggregated data. We were formed with the purpose of ensuring that the detail of women’s lives was visible, counted, and understood in policymaking processes. In this short briefing we set out the key features of gender-sensitive sex-disaggregated data and what we think this should mean for the data gathered and analysed by Scottish Government and other public bodies at this critical time.

Filename: Covid-19-Gathering-and-using-data-to-ensure-that-the-response-integrates-womens-equality-and-rights.pdf | File size: 211KB | Tags: covid19, coronavirus, data, health
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 and section 42 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Engender welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposed changes to section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 and to outline some of our current research relevant to the potential impacts.

The question of a correct approach to a legislative response to emotional neglect is outwith the scope of our expertise. We are generally supportive of updating the current offence in section 12 in order to better reflect more modern understandings of emotional harm in line with the views of Scottish Women’s Aid. However, we believe that without careful scrutiny and drafting there may be unintended consequences for vulnerable parents.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Engender-Response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultation-Protecting-Children-Review-of-section-12-of-the-Children-and-Young-Persons-Scotland-Act.pdf | File size: 569KB | Tags: womensrights, disability, health
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Access to Abortion: Situating Scotland in the Western World

This paper describes the different legal and regulatory contexts for abortion healthcare in Scotland and in other European and western nations.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: AccessToAbortion.pdf | File size: 396KB | Tags: abortion health international
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Our Bodies, Our Choice: The Case for a Scottish Approach to Abortion

The devolution of abortion law as part of the Scotland Act 2016 also provides Scotland with the opportunity to develop a Scottish approach to women’s reproductive rights, incorporating improved, modernised and standardised service provision underpinned by a progressive devolved legal framework. Such a change to the legal framing of abortion should reflect international best practice and be developed following engagement with women, practitioners, and human rights and gender advocates in Scotland.

This report, supported by Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Close the Gap, NUS Scotland and Amnesty International Scotland sets out the current situation around abortion in Scotland, and makes a number of recommendations to the Scottish Government.

Date of publication: December 2016.

Filename: Our-bodies-our-choice---the-case-for-a-Scottish-approach-to-abortion.pdf | File size: 1871KB | Tags: health abortion
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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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Women Thinking Equality Series: Inequality of Access to NHS Services by Trans Women

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
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Women Thinking Equality Series: Age

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
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Gender Audit Series: Health

A summary and discussion of the implications of data from the Gender Audit of Statistics [Breitenbach,E. and Wasoff, F. Scottish Executive Social Research 2007] relating to care and caring prepared by S. Macpherson, Engender Associate and E. Thomson.

Filename: Health.pdf | File size: 50KB | Tags: health
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