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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 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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Engender Response to the Public Consultation on the Proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to Monica Lennon MSP consultation titled ‘Ending Period Poverty’, which proposes to introduce a Bill in the Scottish Parliament which would provide women and girls with access to free menstrual products.

Date of publication: December 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-consultation-on-the-Proposed-Sanitary-Products-Free-Provision-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 499KB | Tags: poverty health womensrights
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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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Summary of 'Period Poverty' in Scotland Roundtable

In June 2017 Engender held a roundtable discussion to gain a better understanding of ’period poverty’ in Scotland: the issue of women not having adequate access to sanitary products. The event brought together a small number of specialists and practitioners from the women’s sector, education and homelessness to get an overview of what information and evidence currently exists on the scale and nature of the problem, and where we can act as individual organisations and in collaboration to build the evidence base for specific interventions.

Date of publication: August 2017.

Filename: Engender-Roundtable-Summary-Period-Poverty-June-2017.pdf | File size: 660KB | Tags: health poverty education
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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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