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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 Briefing to the Women’s Health Plan: What Do Women Experiencing the Menopause in Scotland Need?

In 2020, the Women’s Health Plan was established with a remit of raising awareness around women’s health; improving access to healthcare for women across the life course and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for girls and women, including gender-based inequalities both for sex-specific conditions and in women’s general health. Menopause is one of the intitial priorities for this work.
Engender has produced this briefing to provide the Women’s Health Plan with evidence from our survey of nearly 400 women as part of a research project looking at women’s needs during the menopause and exisiting public policy. We also outline our additional analysis of the research findings and make recommendations for further policy development.

Date of publication: December 2020.

Filename: Engender-Briefing-to-the-Womens-Health-Plan-What-Do-Women-Experiencing-the-Menopause-in-Scotland-Need.pdf | File size: 192KB | Tags: menopause, health, employment
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Engender Parliamentary Briefing: Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Engender is clear that menstrual care is a women’s health issue, and that barriers to accessing essential products have a negative impact on women and girls’ access to education, work, leisure activities and their wellbeing. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill establishes a principle of universality, and a minimum legal duty to establish an ‘opt-in’ universal scheme for access to period products in very broad terms, which must be seen as a floor rather than a ceiling. Engender categorically supports this aspiration.

This parliamentary briefing sets our why we are calling on MSPs to support the Bill at Stage One, and agree the principle that everyone who needs access to products to manage their period has a right to access them in Scotland on a free and universal basis.

Date of publication: February 2020.

Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-Free-Period-Products-Scotland-Bill-21022020.pdf | File size: 195KB | Tags: health, faireconomy, periodpoverty
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Engender response to the Scottish Government consultation on a new National Public Health body: 'Public Health Scotland'

Engender welcomes this Scottish Government consultation on proposals for Scotland’s new national public health body, Public Health Scotland.

Women and men have different experiences and needs when it comes to their health because of the interactions between biological differences, relative access to resources, power, and safety, and cultural norms and expectations. The ability to influence their lives, behaviours and experiences in order to maximise their physical and mental health outcomes is highly contingent on whether an understanding of these gender differences is well integrated into the work of the proposed body and those working in public health.

Date of publication: July 2019.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Governments-consultation-on-a-new-National-Public-Health-body-Public-Health-Scotland.pdf | File size: 241KB | Tags: health, womensrights, menopause
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Engender Parliamentary Briefing: It’s Time to End the Stigma of the Menopause

This briefing was written for a debate in the Scottish Parliament (S5M-17347: It’s Time to End the Stigma of the Menopause), exploring women's experiences of the menopause in Scotland.

In 2018 there were 1,146,757 women over 50 years living in Scotland, 35% of whom were aged 50-59. This suggests that a significant proportion of today´s population is going through the menopause transition at any one time, yet, there is a distinct lack of awareness of women’s experiences and needs in current policy frameworks. Social stigma and sexism have resulted in the menopause being undiscussed, despite the fact that it affects almost all women at some part of their lives and impacts their health, economic and social inequality.

This briefing covers menopause and health, and menopause in the workplace, as well as outlining Engender's work on the Menopause Matters project.

Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing---Its-Time-to-End-the-Stigma-of-the-Menopause.pdf | File size: 459KB | Tags: health, parliamentarybriefing
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Women and COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic represents an unprecedented situation and the responses and aftereffects will have long-term consequences for everybody in Scotland, notably for women and women’s equality. These include risks to the ongoing work Scotland is doing to realise a more equal Scotland for women and men. It is vital that these programmes and the progress they will realise are not lost. Equally, women’s needs and realities need to be well-integrated in the urgent responses to this crisis.

The evidence from previous pandemics tells us that gender equality measures and action plans are vital components of an effective response. Women’s inequality around the world exacerbates their vulnerability to not only catching the virus, but the social and economic burdens of our collective response. When the safety nets put in place by the state are stretched to breaking point, it is women that are hit the hardest, and this health crisis is highlighting gaps in UK social and economic policy in an unprecedented way. This briefing explores some of the ways in which the differences between men’s and women’s lives play in to COVID-19, and describes critical issues that Scottish Government and parliamentarians should include in their thinking about crisis response, and medium-run mitigation programmes and spend.

The information in this briefing refers to the situation up to 26th March 2020. We are still in the early days of this crisis and the thinking continues to develop at pace, with new Scottish specific and UK-wide measures announced daily. Engender will continue to monitor events and look to supplement this briefing as necessary.

Date of publication: 26 March 2020

Filename: Engender-Briefing---Women-and-COVID-19.pdf | File size: 727KB | Tags: covid-19, health, coronavirus, scrapthefamilycap, scraptherapeclause
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Engender submission of evidence to the UK Government Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into abortion law in Northern Ireland

As Scotland’s representative member on the UK Joint Committee on Women, 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. The current law discriminates against and criminalises some UK women based upon their residence in Northern Ireland alone and places the UK Government in breach of its international obligations.

Date of publication: December 2018.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-to-the-UK-Government-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-inquiry-into-abortion-law-in-Northern-Ireland.pdf | File size: 620KB | Tags: health, abortion, womensrights
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Our bodies our rights - Identifying and removing barriers to disabled women's reproductive rights in Scotland

Since 2013, Engender has been working with disabled women and disabled people’s organisations on a project to discuss the key issues facing women and girls in Scotland, and to enable a deeper and richer conversation about reproductive rights.

This report summarises what women have told us about their experiences of reproductive, sexual and parental rights, and makes recommendations to the Scottish Government and other bodies. Throughout the report you will see quotes from women who took part in project activities.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Our-bodies-our-rights---Identifying-and-removing-barriers-to-disabled-womens-reproductive-rights-in-Scoltand.pdf | File size: 374KB | Tags: disability, health, womensrights
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Our Bodies, Our Rights Easy Read Report

This is an Easy Read version of our Disabled Women: Our Bodies, Our Rights Report.

Since 2013, Engender has been working with disabled women and disabled people’s organisations on a project to discuss the key issues facing women and girls in Scotland, and to enable a deeper and richer conversation about reproductive rights.

This report summarises what women have told us about their experiences of reproductive, sexual and parental rights, and makes recommendations to the Scottish Government and other bodies.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Disabled-Women-Our-Bodies-Our-Rights-Easy-Read-Report.pdf | File size: 1028KB | Tags: disability, health, womensrights
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Our Bodies, Our Rights: Research Report

Disabled women’s lives and lived experiences have received limited policy attention in the UK, limited visibility, and limited inclusion in mainstream feminisms and feminist projects. Despite increasing movement towards intersectionality and intersectional agendas, disabled people have remained hidden in myriad ways.

As the accompanying policy report ‘Our Bodies, Our Rights: Identifying and removing barriers to disabled women’s reproductive rights in Scotland’ details, there is a lack of robust research examining the lived experiences of reproduction and reproductive rights of disabled women in Scotland.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Our-Bodies-Our-Rights---additional-research-report.pdf | File size: 686KB | Tags: disability, health, womensrights
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